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Why Choose LGSF

Steel framing has been used for nearly 100 years in Australia starting with train stations and is currently one of the most common materials used here today!

With the highest strength to weight ratio of any material used in construction, it’s a wise choice being stronger
without adding the additional weight.

Material shortages, particularly with timber, after the war years led to further development of steel frames and increased its use. In the 1960’s, steel frames were being used on larger scale in residential projects including developments in Canberra and the Gold Coast.

To ensure the quality and consistency of materials and methods used in steel framing, Australia Building Standards were initially published, as AS1538 in 1974. These have been revised several times and the current version is AS4600:2018.

There are several reasons why steel is the framing for the future.


The Benefits

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1. Design Flexibility

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2. Durability

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3. Sustainability

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4. Pest / Moisture Resistance

1. Design Flexibility

The framing material isn’t usually a top decision at the beginning design stage of a project. Open living spaces, voids and kitchens areas are crafted to show the feel and flow of the home, however some of these features may require additional structural support limiting the choice of framing systems.

Fortunately, the only limitation with steel frame is the imagination of the designer making it the ultimate choice. Long span requirements can be achieved with light gauge beams and should the need arise, easily integrate with structural steel.

These long lengths pass the majority of the structural loads to the external walls providing open areas that can be reconfigured in the future without the need of additional structural support.

2. Durability

There is a reason Superman was known as the “Man of Steel”.  Steel is incredibly strong with unsurpassed durability and exceptional tensile strength.

This means that it can absorb a high level of static, wind and live loads.   Suitable for all Australian building zones, mechanically fixed steel framing does not require additional “tie rods” supporting panels as they have sufficient structural integrity.

Our steel frames are highly resistant to fire and will not act as an accelerant should one occur.  In fact, they’re often used in high risk fire zones.

They also have much higher resistance to degradation due to issues with pests or moisture than any other alternative. and manufacturers often offer longer guarantee periods than alternative materials.

3. Sustainability

Technological improvements in the production of virgin steel is continually reducing its environmental impacts.

Steel is infinitely recyclable without any loss of properties, with our steel produced today containing an average of 20% recycled content.  This percentage is predicted to increase to 50% by 2050, helping to meet the sustainable goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement – to move toward a circular economy.

At 90% average recycling rates, steel is one of the highest recycled construction products in use today and scrap will be purchased by recycling centres.

Steel also is a key enabler in decarbonising many other technologies, has as lower carbon footprint than competing materials and does not add to world deforestation

4. Pest / Moisture Resistance

Unlike some other framing materials, steel is not subject to
attack from pests, such as termites and other borers. Building or investing in a steel frame home provides certainty that costly frame repairs will not be required in the future. It is insecticide free and does not require additional protection systems that can fail to protect the backbone of your home.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a method of termite
management called “termite resistant construction” which encourages the use of materials such as steel, brick and concrete, acknowledging their superior performance against pests.

At many times throughout their lifetime, frames may be exposed to moisture. This has no effect on steel frames, which are protected by a galvanizing process. Despite whatever conditions if faces, our frames will not swell, twist, warp or distort and is a stable structure for the fixing of internal finishes such as plasterboard meaning that they will not move and crack.

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