The Steel Frame Advantage
When it comes to structural quality and design efficiency, cold-formed steel (CFS) simply cannot be beat. This is why steel has become the preferred building material for the most durable homes and buildings around the world. Learn how we can help you build steel framed buildings that will last the test of time by contacting us today.
Choosing Steel Over Wood
For more than 150 years, steel has been at the forefront of the North American construction market. Today, steel still remains one of the strongest, most durable and economically manufactured materials across Canada and the United States.
Fluctuating wood prices, diminishing wood quality and continued tooling and engineering advancements are just a few of the reasons that builders, developers and homeowners are turning to lightweight steel framing.
The Many Benefits of Steel Framing
Building with steel offers many benefits over traditional methods, including:
• Up to 25% faster assembly and delivery time than wood
• Up to 50% faster assembly and delivery time than concrete
• Steel is up to 30% lighter than wood
• Steel is up to 60% lighter than concrete
• Pre-punched service holes for utilities reduce sub-trades’ installation time
• Straight walls and square corners lead to fewer call-backs
• Steel is strong and durable, leading to higher overall quality
• Precision manufacturing leads to less scrap and waste
• Lighter materials & controlled operations enhance construction safety
• Steel can be 100% recycled
• Steel frames lead to a possible reduction in insurance costs due to its non-combustibility
Protecting the Environment
By choosing to build with steel, we can help protect the environment for future generations. Steel is durable, reusable and 100% recyclable. As deforestation continues to threaten wildlife, choosing to frame with CFS instead of wood can preserve our land and benefit our ecosystem.
To frame a typical 2,000 sq. ft. house with wood, 40-50 trees will need to be cut down. This results in approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of forest area destroyed. To frame the same house using CFS, approximately six recycled scrap cars would be needed. That's a powerful trade.
Naturally Mold and Pest Resistant
Lumber is treated with toxic chemicals in order to be mold and pest resistant. This is not only harmful to the environment, but also to people and animals. An advantage that steel has over wood is that it’s already mold and pest resistant, therefore no harmful chemicals are used in the process.