Before steel became an integral part of the building and construction industry, wood was the way to go. But as technology advances and improvements are noted, cold-formed steel frames are becoming the new normal.
And why not? Steel has so much to offer when it comes to structuring frames that wood cannot provide. Let’s take a closer look at how steel benefits the industry regarding framed structures.
Cold-formed Steel Frame Innovations
One of the most significant benefits of working with steel is that the elements have minimal effect on it. This means that, unlike wood frames and structures, there is less swelling and movement.
LifeTec, newcomers to the steel industry, have gone one step further. They use a system that creates a complete digital design that their specialised machine forms. Once finished, all that is left is for their assembly team to screw everything together.
Benefits to the Industry
As far as the industry is seeing, this innovative idea is creating efficient and consistent construction and leaving less and less room for human error. New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. all have access to this technology, and it is slowly but surely outshining traditional wooden structures.
Other benefits of cold-formed steel are that there is no shrinkage, moisture absorption, warping or issues with termites or fire. It is uniform in its manufacture, and this means less waste. Steel is also recyclable.
And all of these before we even mention the added strength and longevity of steel structures versus wood structures. It is a sustainable and hardy material, making it the perfect option for structures.
Steel for the Win
Cold-formed steel frames have become an accepted standard across the world. And they should be. The benefits of saving time and money not only at production and installation but also with their durability and longevity speak for themselves.
If you would like more information about cold-formed steel, contact the team at Steelmor, leaders in the manufacturing industry.