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5 Building with Steel Frame Myth Busters.

September 12, 2018

We receive some good and interesting questions from clients about building homes with steel frames. 

 

Most of us want to be informed.  To understand the pro's and con's of a situation before we buy or engage a service.

 

We are going to share some myth busting questions and answers with you now and perhaps bust some of those steel frame myths to the curb.

 

#Myth 1. Is my home more likely to be struck by lightening if I build it with steel frames?

No.  Steel is a positive conductor to the earth with energy conducted straight to the ground and not released destructively within the frame. 

 

#Myth 2. Metal attracts lightening.

Metal objects are no more likely to be hit by lightning than any other object. Lightning hits anything in its path.

 

Metal structures are however, less likely to be damaged by lightning.   Metal conducts current easily.  Well-grounded steel buildings, for example, transfer the electrical charge harmlessly into the ground when lightning strikes. 

 

#Myth 3. Steel frames rust over time.

Steel frame materials used by Exclusive Steel Homes are protected against corrosion.    We exclusively uses Bluescope Truecore, which carries a conditional 50-year warranty against corrosion.

 

Our chosen roofing and other external products which are exposed to weather and all outside elements also have excellent durability.  Giving you and us as builders, assurance that only the best quality steel is being used in your home build.

 

#Myth 4.  A steel frame can interfere with WIFI, radio and television reception.

Electro-magnetic waves can diffract around steel just as easily as timber. Waves pass through spaces between the studs.  This allows the use of all household appliances without any interference.

 

#Myth 5.  Steel contracts and expands with temperature changes.

Thermally induced movement is not an issue in properly constructed and insulated homes.

 

Everything expands and contracts with heat and cold.  Steel products have a far closer rate of expansion than wood and plasterboard and virtually eliminates plaster cracks.

 

Steel is additionally not susceptible to moisture, unlike wood, which swells and contracts on exposure.

 

Steel is the preferred framing material in the extreme climate of North-West Western Australia, for example, where temperatures can vary more than 40 degrees Celsius in a single 24-hour period along with humidity.

 

 

 

 

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