If you’re becoming familiar with the home building process or are taking an interest in the construction side of things, you may have heard some discussion about house frames and how it plays its significant role in keeping your home secure and standing.
In the more recent years, many builders have swapped from using timber to steel frames for a variety of reasons; however, many people are still apprehensive about whether they really are better than wooden frames which have built homes for as long as we can remember! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the difference between steel frames vs timber frames, and answer the ultimate question – which is better?
Steel framing emerged not too long ago in the 1980’s and was introduced as the foundation for constructing buildings and infrastructures. They are ultimately designed to last longer and serve to be more secure, as they are bolted into place to assemble steel columns and beams to support the rest of the build. The material used is lightweight steel and has proven to weigh lighter than timber frames, making them durable and cost-effective.
Timber frames on the other hand have always been more popular in Australia for residential construction. They are generally made from pine, making them also lightweight, non-toxic, and easily sourced. Many builders have long relied on timber framing for its efficiency, maintenance, and sustainability; however, the question remains… does this outweigh its disadvantages?
The golden question remains… Are steel frames or timber frames better? Both undoubtedly have their pros and cons; and are relative to the builders’ costings, environmental considerations, and the construction design. Ultimately, both framing systems are most effective at building homes and will serve its purpose – so you don’t need to worry about any collapses!
At Domaine, we implement a hybrid framing system to give our homes the best of both worlds! This system is engineered to allow the flexibility of timber to work hand in hand with the rigid strength and precision of steel. This innovative framing system creates straighter, stronger homes that you’ll only get from us. Additionally, we are that confident in the quality of our homes that we also provide a Lifetime Structural Guarantee – giving you the ease of mind that your home will withstand until the end of time!