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CUSTOM BUILT

Unlike many premanufactured or mobile home builders, FRAME INC. allows you to customize to the exact project requirements. Many Clients need customized solutions that help them capitalize on the size and configuration of their site. Cookie-cutter premanufactured homes do not allow for this flexibility.

STEEL FRAMING vs WOOD FRAMING

Wood Framing for a long time, the framing material of choice. Despite its reputation as an old-fashioned building material, wood was an excellent choice for framing a home or small projects. As timber is one of the few naturally occurring construction materials, it’s relatively non-toxic. Wood used to be widely obtainable; it could be swiftly assembled on-site, saving time, and enhancing the efficiency of projects. Due to supply chain issues, this isn’t the case anymore, pushing the construction industry to look into the use of steel, specifically light steel framing.

But it also has disadvantages as it has structural limitations, fire risks and less of a lifespan. As we know, technologies around us evolve and so we were introduced to steel as a construction material that improves life span, ease of use, and sustainability.

Cold Formed Steel has a Smaller Carbon Footprint than conventional Construction Systems.

IS STEEL A RECYCLABLE MATERIAL?

Steel framing is your environmentally-friendly residential framing choice. In comparison it takes 40-50 mature trees versus six recycled cars to frame a 2,100-square-foot home. You can quickly appreciate the value of steel today and the impact on generations to come.

HOW SAFE ARE STEEL BUILDINGS?

Steel’s strength and non-combustible properties offer greater protection for your home and family. Choosing steel-framing can eliminate high wind, fire, and lightning damage to your home.

WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF USING STEEL FRAMING ?

The overall recycling rate of the steel industry is 86%, the highest of any industry in the world. This offers an environmentally sound alternative for framing. Recycled framing is a valuable commodity that typically does not end up in a landfill.

HOW WELL DOES STEEL FRAMING PROTECT AGAINST EARTHQUAKES?

Positive connections and the strength of steel provide great protection against earthquake and hurricanes. A lighter structure with stronger connections results in less damage from seismic force. Steel’s high ductility makes it the best construction material for earthquake-resistant design.

CAN MOLD GROW ON STEEL STUDS?

No. Mold requires three things to grow:

  1. The mold spores, which exist everywhere there is air

  2. Moisture

  3. Organic material, which provides the food for the mold.

Steel does not contain any organic material, and therefore cannot support mold growth.

COLD-FORMED STEEL SYSTEMS ?

Advanced construction technologies like the COLD-FORMED STEEL System hold many advantages over traditional construction techniques. This build methodology is all about the rapid construction of quality buildings, and delivers a faster return on investment and new business opportunities.

DOES GALVANIZED STEEL PROVIDE BETTER RUST PROTECTION FOR A STEEL FRAME HOME RATHER THAN ENAMEL COATED STEEL?

Yes, galvanized steel provides better rust protection. The reason is that zinc, through its sacrificial galvanic action, can “heal” cuts, scratches and abrasions in the steel. With the rough handling that construction products receive, as well as the cutting, drilling, shearing and fastening of members, the coating gets cut and scraped away. The galvanized coating works better than the enamel at covering areas that are cut or scratched.

WILL STEEL FRAMING AFFECT THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY OF MY HOME?

No. Steel framing is recommended by the Healthy House Institute for chemically sensitive and environmentally conscious homeowners who seek good indoor air quality. Steel frames do not need to be treated for termites and are free of resin adhesives and chemicals normally present in other construction materials.

WILL A STEEL FRAME BUILDING RUST?

No. The use of zinc coating on the steel framing protects the steel from corrosion for the life of the structure.

WHAT CAN I USE TO CLAD THE STEEL FRAME?

There are a range of products for cladding the exterior of the building. These included brick, weatherboard, and sheet products - all with excellent thermal properties. On the interior it's possible to use a range of products including gypsum boards.

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