A STRONG ARGUMENT
When it comes to building your dream home, it goes without saying you’re going to be overwhelmed with decisions to make.
Early in the process, a vitally important component of your build is choosing what framework you’re going to use — and a number of homeowners are turning to steel frames as an alternative to traditional wood.
The steel versus wood debate will always prompt the question: is steel more effective at keeping the dreaded termites at bay? And the answer is yes (and no). Obviously, having the skeleton of your residence built from materials that termites don’t attack is a big positive.
It most definitely reduces the square meterage they can destroy, but always be mindful that termites can still attack other wood features of your home like panelling, skirting boards and window sills, etc.
No matter what framework you choose for your house, always be sure to conduct periodic inspections (and treatments if needed) to combat the possibility of termite infestations. But a steel frame is a great start.
As well as a proven termite deterrent, the benefits of steel as a building material are numerous with its strength and resilience seen as major benefits.
That durability ensures less maintenance issues, making it a more attractive economic choice when it comes to building options.
While surprisingly lightweight, steel frames can often offer a stronger foundation; as well as greater resistance to damaging storms and cyclonic winds.
Steel is also fire resistant and, while house fires can always occur, a steel frame is less likely to warp in a fire and if the unthinkable does happen, it might just make the difference between repairs and totally starting again.
And while addressing fire concerns, a common misunderstanding with steel frames is the perception that they may attract lightning in an electrical storm.
However, a correctly built home by a qualified, registered builder will be earthed (in keeping with strict industry standards) and, as with all new builds, a circuit breaker will be installed as part of the home’s electrical wiring. This ensures total safety for the occupants in the case of storms or electricity surges.
No matter what framing you choose be sure to discuss all your options with your builder to find the right fit when creating your dream home.
One in four homes are affected by termites. Research conducted by Pure Profile on behalf of Rentokil, September 2014, with 1382 respondents