Steel v Timber

STEEL FRAMING IS the future

SUPERIOR FRAMING

Today, steel finds applications in nearly every type of building worldwide, and advancements in computer technology have made cutting and prefabricating steel frames more cost-effective and versatile.

steel frame advantages

Strength and Durability
Versatility
Fire-resistant
Termite-proof
Environmentally Friendly & Sustainable
Aestheically Pleasing
No Chemical Treatment
Required
No Moisture Absorption = Zero Risk of Mould
Warp, Twist & Shrink free 

IMPROVED QUALITY

Steel enables the optimisation of design for enhanced frame accuracy, facilitating quicker installation and delivering improved quality to the end customer.

STEEL v timber

Steel comes out on top!

STEEL
TIMBER
Durability
STEEL
  • Exceptionally durable
  • Decay resistant
TIMBER
  • May deteriorate with time
  • Maintenance is crucial¬†
Strength & Load Capacity
STEEL
  • Remarkable strength and load-bearing capacity
  • Ideal for large, intricate structures and expansive spans
TIMBER
  • Strong however has limitations
  • Less span capacity
  • Load-bearing capabilities are more limited
Fire Resilience
STEEL
  • Non-combustible
  • Provides superior fire resistance compared to timber
TIMBER
  • Combustible by nature
  • Requires fire-resistant treatment to enhance safety
Accuracy
STEEL
  • Precision-manufactured¬†
  • Does not require on-site alterations, ensuring higher construction accuracy
TIMBER
  • Variations affect accuracy, requiring on-site adjustments
  • Changes can slow construction and increases expenses, potentially causing delays and higher overhead costs
Environmental
STEEL
  • Steel is 100% recyclable
  • Does not require treatment with pesticides or chemicals
TIMBER
  • Timber is renewable but accumulates construction waste
  • Proper sorting for eco responsible disposal is essential
Structure
STEEL
  • Steel framing remains warp, twist, and shrink-free
  • Durability ensures structural integrity
  • Aesthetic appeal is preserved in steel-framed buildings
TIMBER
  • Timber expands and contracts with temperature and moisture
  • Movement can cause surfaces to rub, creating creaking sounds
Weight
STEEL
  • Steel frames are lightweight, durable and cost-effective with pre-fabrication
  • Steel is lighter and easier in construction work
  • Streamlined assembly reduces labour required
TIMBER
  • Timber is denser and bulkier than steel
  • On-site handling and installation is more labor-intensive and time-consuming compared to steel
Installation
STEEL
  • Steel is prefabricated, lighter, cost-effective and increases efficientcy
  • Advanced joining systems enhance manufacturing and construction
  • Produces cost-effective and dependable construction outcomes
TIMBER
  • On-site alterations and waste are common
  • May require extra hardware like brackets for stability
  • Physically demanding and labour-intensive, resulting in a higher rate of installer fatigue
Lifespan
STEEL
  • Longer lifespan
  • Maintains structural integrity for many decades
  • Reduced need for frequent replacements or repairs
  • Steel offers durability and longevity in construction
TIMBER
  • Shorter lifespan
  • Organic and susceptible to decay, moisture, fungi, and insects
  • Can develop cracks, splits, or signs of decay
  • Proper maintenance and protection are essential

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