Form and Quality
roll formed into precise, uniform shapes with exacting tolerances
for consistent material quailty. There is no need for sorting (culling)
or special handilng to inspect for crown.
Steel framing was originally developed for
use along the coastlines of the U.S., where hurricanes, earthquakes,
humidity and insects wreak havoc on wood homes - but homeowners
in the Midwest can enjoy the advantages as well.
How it works
Steel homes use steel studs for walls and roof trusses instead
of traditional wood studs. Steel framing contractors use computers
to design the framing to meet with local building codes.
If you have architect plans for a wood-framed house, they can
create a computer-generated drawing for a steel home, along with
a list of parts needed to replace the lumber.
The factory-engineered framing pieces - predrilled for plumbing
and wiring - arrive at the building site numbered and color-coded.
From there, it's like building a home with a giant Erector set!
Steel framing can be designed to meet or exceed energy efficiency
standards. By using a 2x6 steel stud, the insulating value is R-36
- almost double the R-19 of traditional wood construction.
In addition, by staying straight and true, the steel framing helps
prevent cracks due to shrinking or warping, meaning fewer air leaks
that waste energy.
A steel-framed home can withstand winds up to 180 miles an hour,
and is virtually termite-proof.
In addition, the strength of steel allows you to design your home
with larger open spaces - the walls will remain straight and true.
Any typical finishing material can be used indoors or out, including
drywall, plaster, siding, brick or stucco.
Steel is also a good choice for the environment. Steel is 100
percent recyclable - most of the studs are created with recycled
steel, and any construction leftovers are recycled instead of taken
to the landfill.