Five benefits of steel frame construction

Steel frame systems are an innovative and efficient solution for modern construction projects. They offer numerous benefits over traditional construction methods and are quickly becoming the go-to choice for builders and architects. Here we explore the top five benefits of steel frame construcion systems, and employing their use in your next project.

1. Speed and efficiency

Light gauge steel frames offer significant advantages when it comes to speed and efficiency in construction. The frames are prefabricated off-site using precise cutting and assembly methods, such as the equipment found in our flagship manufacturing facility in Chorley. This allows for fast and accurate construction on-site.

This process significantly reduces construction time and cost, making it an ideal solution for projects with tight timelines or budget constraints. Additionally, light gauge steel frames are lightweight and easy to handle at site, dramatically speeding up the installation process – as was the case with our recent Worcester Student Accommodation project.

2. Durability and structural strength

Light gauge steel frames are known for their exceptional durability, making them a popular choice for multi-occupancy residential, commercial and industrial projects.

These frames are resistant to pests, rot and fire, which means they have a longer lifespan compared to traditional timber frames. They are also less susceptible to damage from moisture and humidity – an important trait in a country that experiences so much rainfall!

What’s more light gauge steel frames require minimal maintenance and repairs, resulting in long-term cost savings. Overall, the durability of light gauge steel frames makes them a reliable and practical choice for construction projects in the UK.

3. Sustainable and eco-friendly

Steel frame systems are an excellent choice for builders and architects looking to reduce their carbon footprint. They are a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction methods, as they minimise the amount of material waste generated during construction and significantly reduce the transportation emissions associated with traditional building methods.

What’s more, when factoring the whole lifecycle of a building, and the potential to recycle the steel elements when a building comes to the end of its life demonstrate a more sustainable option for developers.

4. Fire

Steel frame systems can provide excellent fire performance, both during and post-construction. Through extensive, comprehensive fire testing, Intrastack has developed a full suite of tested configurations for both load-bearing structures and in-fill/SFS envelopes. In conjunction with the wider Saint-Gobain UK brands, including British Gypsum and Isover, we have developed a range of non-combustible through-wall build-ups to meet the majority of project requirements up to 120 mins.

5. Cost-effective

Using steel frame systems in your next project can save you money in the long run. They are highly durable and require less maintenance than traditional building materials, reducing ongoing costs. In addition, the speed and efficiency of steel frame systems mean that projects can be completed more quickly, reducing labour costs and project timelines. Another consideration is that, for commercial projects, the sooner a build is complete the sooner it can generate income from its intended purpose.

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At Intrastack, we offer a wide range of steel frame systems that are engineered to meet the specific needs of your project.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your next construction project.

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