Q. WHAT MAKES BLUESCOPE
LYSAGHT ENDUROFRAME SYSTEMS UNIQUE?
We at Illawarra Steel Frame Homes choose to use this system in our Kit Homes
because it is by far the most advanced in the world. Supported
by the Lysaght ENDUROCADD detailing software which models the geometry, designs
the roof trusses and facilitates manufacture by licensed manufacturers like
ILLAWARRA STEEL FRAME HOMES.
Q. WHY DO PEOPLE DECIDE TO
BUILD WITH STEEL?
Steel is a superior product for long term investment, with the added advantages
of being light, strong, straight, non-combustible, termite and borer proof and
will not shrink or warp. Steel framing has the durability and the
structural integrity to easily outlive the life of your building. In any other
industry if strength and integrity is required they use STEEL. It is perfect
product for frame work.
WHO CAN ERECT A STEEL FRAME?
Any builder or Owner-builder can erect an ILLAWARRA STEEL FRAME HOME. The
lightweight panels (one-third the weight of timber) are easily handled and
clearly labelled for site erection. Roof trusses are also labelled and easily
secured to support walls. Ceiling and roof battens are easily fixed to
Q. HOW DOES STEEL FRAMING
ALLOW FOR THE FOLLOW-ON TRADES?
The studs and plates have pre-punched holes to facilitate easy cable and
plumbing installation. Grommets are fitted to protect the cable sheathing and
to isolate copper pipes from frame. This system also resists water hammer
noise. The move to lighter gauge steel and boxed stud sections in the
frame allows for new nailing techniques or needle point screws.
Bricklayers will install the brick ties by simply clipping them into the stud.
Q. ARE STEEL FRAMES NOISY?
All wall framing materials are susceptible to noise. This is caused by expansion
and contraction induced by thermal, humidity or general aging/weathering
effects. These dimensional changes in building components release stored
energies by generating noise. Steel framing is only susceptible to
thermal changes, which is a slow process within the wall and roof cavity over
the period of a day. Hence should be less noisy than other conventional
Q. DOES THE
EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION RATE OF STEEL AFFECT PLASTERBOARD?
Steel possesses a compatible expansion coefficient with that of plasterboard,
thereby minimising the incidence of cracking.
Q. WILL STEEL FRAMES
RUST, ESPECIALLY ON CUT EDGES AND DRILLED HOLES?
The SUPRAFRAME BOXED STUD and SUPRATRUSS are made from zinc and
aluminium alloy coated steels which are protected from cut-edge corrosion by
galvanic action, where the coating adjacent to the edge or holes protects the
IS STEEL FRAMING SAFTER THAN TIMBER WHEN EXPOSED TO AN ELECTRICAL
Yes! Since contact with steel by a wire will create a short and trip your
circuit breaker or safety switch, there is little chance of you touching
anything live. A broken or pierced wire in a timber frame can remain
alive and leakage current can cause troublesome faults and common cause of
DOES LIGHTNING STRIKE AFFECT A STEEL FRAME MORE THAN A TIMBER FRAME?
No! Because the steel creates a positive earth, the lightning has less
affect. The energy is allowed to be
transferred straight to the ground, and is not dissipated destructively as in
conventional framing or cladding.
WILL AN ILLAWARRA STEEL FRAME HOME BE APPROVED BY COUNCIL AND
Yes! As a licensed manufacturer of the SUPRAFRAME BOXED STUD and
SUPRATRUSS systems, ILLAWARRA STEEL FRAME HOMES will supply engineered
specifications to assist in compliance with Council requirements and our
framing systems are designed to comply with all relevant Australian Standards.
CAN I ADD TO THE HOME AT A LATER DATE?
Yes! Because of the unique assembly system, additions are relatively
simple and present no problems. Furthermore, the original steel structure
will be perfectly
straight and true regardless of its age, making the job of lining up
the extension much easier than with conventional framing.
WILL AN ILLAWARRA STEEL FRAME HOME LOOK DIFFERENT?
Yes - they look better! On the outside the overall finish will have
whatever look you want it to have. But on closer inspection you will see
that walls, ceiling and roofs do not have ripples or bumps, no sagging roof
lines, no “nail pops” in the plasterboard and no
shrinkage problems in intermediate floor joists. This is because
steel framing is exacting in dimensions making it straight and true.
HAVE STEEL FRAME HOMES BEEN PROVEN OVER TIME?
In Australia steel framing has been used since the 1950’s. Initially,
welded systems were used, but since then we have progressed through a number of
stages including tab and slot, clinched fixings to today’s lightweight, nailable SUPRAFRAME BOXED STUD and SUPRATRUSS