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To Steel or not to Steel

Thursday, September 01, 2016 | Gerard Caruana

Confused about steel framed homes? People often ask us whether a steel, or timber frame, is going to be the best choice for their new home. At Wincrest, we’ve been building timber homes for families for over 30 years. We were also the first major builder to offer steel frames on double storey homes. So, it is fair to say we know a thing or two about both timber and steel frames.    Below is a list of the most common questions we’re asked about steel and timber frames. We hope, by reading them, you can make a more informed decision about whether steel or timber is the best fit for your new home.

What are steel frames? How do they differ from timber?
A steel frame is simply an alternative to a traditional timber frame that is used to build a new home.

Why would I choose steel over timber?
Both timber and steel will provide a strong, sturdy base for your new home. Our clients who prefer steel have said they favour it because steel frames are 100% termite proof. They are also non-combustible meaning a home built with a steel frame is one of the most fire resistant homes available today. Wall and roof frames made from steel are precision engineered to be dimensionally accurate reducing the likelihood of problems such as cracking cornices, jamming doors, sticking windows or wavy roof lines. Steel frames also come with a 50-year warranty.

Can I still get design flexibility if I build with steel?
Like timber, steel framed homes offer flexibility of design. In fact, it is possible to produce designs in steel that are difficult to produce with timber.

Can I build a double storey steel frame home?
All Wincrest homes - both single and double storey – can be built using a steel frame. However, not all builders offer this service so you’ll need to check with your builder directly.

Are steel frames noisy?
Most framing products – be it timber or steel - will experience some movement at fixing points. However, not all frames experience noise. 

Which product – steel or timber - will last longer in my home?
All Wincrest homes are built especially for Australian conditions and are engineered to Australian standards. Our thorough quality control process ensures your home is built to exacting standards and we engage an independent quality control professional to conduct inspections during the construction of your home to ensure those standards are met. So whether you choose steel or timber for your home, both will provide the strength and quality to stand that test of time.

Building your dream home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make and the decision to build with steel or timber will come down to personal choice. Talking to a builder – such as Wincrest – who offers both timber and steel frames will mean you will receive the unbiased, independent advice you need to make a decision that best suits you and your family.
Regards Gerard Caruana

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