Steel Frame Construction.


Steel frames are constructed using a modern method of construction (MMC) and are impressive in strength with great design flexibility.  They are often used when self builders want to push the boundaries of architectural design for their new home. 


During the 19th century in America steel frames changed the skylines of many of its cities and others around the world by allowing construction of buildings to go higher than ever before.  But it was in the 1960’s that the steel industry became more involved in residential construction and because of its material price it allowed steel to become more of an affordable option.  Modern methods of construction along with the fact that steel frames are made off site allows systems to be increasingly developed, light steel (cold formed) systems in particular.


The construction processes of steel frames are developed by engineers working alongside your architect’s designs and these days light steel is used along with some hot rolled elements.  Light steel is also used for floor joists and for the studs, tracks and rails for the internal partitions. 


When the frame is completed it is then sent to the site once the ground works and foundations have been laid and are in place.  The frame can be erected very quickly and are simply bolted and screwed together sometimes within a day.  Once the frame is up then the roofing and external facing can begin.  Internal work begins once the building is watertight and walls have been plaster boarded. 


Steel frames are not very eco friendly compared to the other methods available for construction.  There are advantages to using steel frames but they use a lot of energy to manufacture and a lot of CO2 is released due to the combustion of fossil fuels.  However steel can be recycled and around 60% of structural steel sourced in the UK is thought to be recycled.

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