Why Use Steel Residential Construction.

steel roofs
Steel residential construction – Houses with steel roofs and some steel walls

Why Use Steel Residential Construction.

Take a drive around any industrial area in the world and look at the main materials used on large buildings.  The warehouses, the factories.  Fairly obvious, it is going to be steel.  For everything but the concrete floors.  “So what has this gotta do with my new house”? You may ask, you don’t want to build an aircraft hanger.  Well……. I’ll give you the drum!

With the demand for larger cost effective structures, there has been an ever increasing surge of development and competition to provide stronger, lighter, cheaper materials.  These materials like the dozens of standard steel sections, the incredibly efficient “Z” purlins, etc. etc. are starting to be taken up by the home building industry in a big way.

wall frame in steel
Steel residential construction – Combination of roll formed steel stud wall frames and RHS sections to provide external walls.

In my fifty years or so in the building and construction industry, I have seen the use of steel residential construction increase from almost nothing to in many cases approaching almost 100%.  I am a carpenter by trade and while I clearly have a love of working with timber, in my design and building work I have to use steel, because of it’s many benefits.

Considering where I live, in a cyclone prone area, this is not surprising, the need for increased strength has been the driving force, but also architects have long appreciated the flexibility of design that steel provides.  We don’t have to live in concrete “bunkers” or “dog boxes” any more, just because we get severe weather.

I often say that we are overly regulated, but in respect of building regulations, regarding strength and living amenity, I am all for them.  In fact if anything over the years I have always erred on the side of extra strength, and I would suggest that any prudent home builder or renovator consider upping the strength of their next project.  It may not be strictly necessary, but in this age of extreme weather events it is comforting to know that your family is as safe as possible.  I’ve been there and done that!

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