The benefits of building with Frametek steel framing

When you are looking for strength, durability and quality, steel framing is the natural choice for brick, veneer and direct-clad construction of homes and similar low-rise buildings.

Steel framing also offers other outstanding features and advantages such as:

  • Steel frames do not absorb moisture and will not rot or grow toxic mould. As a result, they are considered non-allergenic and have a neutral impact on indoor air quality.
  • Steel frames provide occupants with extra protection from lightning as energy is conducted straight to ground, and does not release destructively within the framework.
  • Because of its properties including strength and lightness, steel framing is an excellent material to resist earthquakes.
  • Steel framing resists fire. Under high heat it will deform but will not burn. Steel frames do not contribute to the spread of fire or increase the fire load. Fire resistance, with excellent fire hazard properties so you just can’t ignite it, and it doesn’t add fuel to the fire.
  • Steel framing cannot be attacked by vermin or insects such as borer moth and termites.
  • Lightweight steel frames means less strain on builders/erectors and therefore provides a safer work site.

Steel is strong and light...

  • The wall frames and roof trusses can be positioned and screwed together in even the most remote locations without needing access to the power grid
  • Lightweight steel allows you to build safely and competitively on sloping sites even on the most difficult terrain. We can supply you with a floor system to sit on top of adjustable stumps which makes assembly very easy and you can trailer in most components.
  • Steel frames can be used in all climate conditions.
  • Steel beam depths are around half that of timber beams offering greater usable space and lower costs than that of other materials.
  • Locally available G300 AS/NZS3679 grade steel sections offer efficient cost effective design solutions.
  • Lightweight steel's superior strength and flexibility provides increased spanning capabilities meaning fewer columns/stud support requirements and therefore more usable space.
  • You can get open-plan living at a competitive price, as steel is 40% stronger than wood and approximately 10% of the weight.
  • Hi-tensile steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of most conventional building materials.
  • Steel does not warp, bow or twist due to shrinkage, ensuring no long term movement problems with the framing and trusses.
  • Unlike timber, steel does not creep and long term deflection is minimal.
  • Consistent quality and dimensions ensures ease of use and long life.
  • Wide availability, so the preferred design can be built virtually anywhere in New Zealand and the world for that matter.
  • Low maintenance requirements, requiring low cost and effort to keep its design qualities intact.
  • Trade familiarity, so there is always ready access to the skills to modify or extend the building.
  • Reliability, therefore no need to replace steel building products because of technical improvements, changes in fashion or new research requirements.
  • Design freedom, to easily create optimum architectural forms to suit client needs and local building conditions.

Steel is 100% recyclable. Light weight steel is ‘green’ being the most recycled product in the world!

  • The slender profile of steel, its strength and light-weight makes it an ideal option and no cranes are required to assemble the framework, which saves time and money.
  • What would you prefer to do, chop down 40 to 50 trees or recycle 6 cars? That`s what it takes to prefabricate a steel frame for the average house.
  • Many appreciate the simplicity of the screw-together framing, especially as there is no need for special tools.
  • The light weight steel, now used in house frames, is ideal for environmentally sensitive sites as there is minimum disruption and disturbance to the native vegetation. It is particularly suited to sloping sites where access is difficult.

You do not need heavy lifting equipment and cranes. This is particularly true on difficult blocks.

  • Difficult sites or unusual designs are especially amenable to light weight, high strength steel solutions.
  • Prefabricated frames are easy and quick to assemble and on-site wastage is almost eliminated. Frames fit together with logic and simplicity and being dimensionally stable once erected they will not move or warp.
  • Prefabricated steel frames are straight and true which makes it easier and faster to achieve a high level of internal finish on the walls, the floors, the ceiling. This saves time and money, and some trades actually prefer to work on steel frames because they do not have to pack out, or plane off and compensate for warps, twists and knots.
  • Our steel frames are pre-punched for quick and easy installation of plumbing and electrical services. Grommets are also supplied free of charge to isolate and protect all wiring and pipes.
  • Lightweight steel is easy to handle and move on site, you do not need cranes and other heavy equipment.
  • Our product range supports on-site efficiencies and your ability to perform most tasks yourself with limited assistance or specialised skills. The only additional tools needed, from that of a traditional timber-frame build, are tin snips and a battery-powered drill for screwing Tek screws.
  • Frametek's open web design allows the passage of ducting, plumbing and electrical services with ease. The time saved is a major advantage and cost saving.

In summary the benefits of a steel frame are

  • Steel is lighter, stronger and straighter.
  • Steel is not treated with dangerous and often toxic chemicals.
  • Steel's quality is consistent. No bowing, bending, warping, twisting or movement.
  • Steel is not affected by rain and no drying required prior to construction.
  • Steel is not subject to rot or rust.
  • Steel is non-combustible therefore a lower fire risk.
  • Steel is environmentally friendly and the most recycled material in the world.
  • Steel use does not lead to health issues. (i.e. resulting from sawing/handling chemically treated timber).
  • Steel framing is a lot lighter than timber, therefore less weight results in less foundation movement.