3 myths you may have heard about building with steel
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A growing number of Australians are discovering the benefits of a steel-frame home, but some potential home builders are worried about lingering myths they’ve heard about building with steel.

JG King's Maclaine 33 home design,

There has been a rapid growth in the number of home builders using steel. Picture: JG King’s Maclaine 33 home design, on display in Shepparton.

This simple lack of knowledge about steel’s many benefits may lead some people to miss out on everything that this strong, affordable and reliable material has to offer, says Natalie King of JG King Homes.

“We’re now seeing rapid growth in the adoption of steel framing as the building industry becomes more familiar with the product. Steel framing technology has improved but many of the myths around steel have been bred through naivety,” says Natalie.

Here we tackle three common myths:

Myth 1: Steel frames are much more expensive

“It’s normal for people to assume that something of greater quality must be more expensive,” says Natalie.

But the costs of building with a steel frame compares well with other building systems and, in the long-term, you save on the costs and headaches of maintenance and dealing with rotting timber and termite infestations.

The CSIRO estimates that one in five houses in Victoria are affected by termites, which can cost up to $30,000 to treat.

JG King's Allure Home

The cost of steel-frame homes is comparable to other building materials. Picture: JG King’s Chaplin 37 home design

“There are many incidental savings associated with steel framing – the cost of straightening timber frames, shaving or packing them prior to plasterboard being installed and the cost of having electricians and other service installers drilling conduit holes in the timber frame,” says Natalie.

“There are also the costs of wastage through theft, poor quality or unusable timber components.”

Myth 2: Using a steel frame limits my design options

A steel frame can work for almost any single or double-storey home and they work well for home designs with large, open-plan areas.

The Maclaine 33 home, part of JG King’s Allure Collection, showcases the flexibility of steel frames with its spacious open-plan living areas and raked ceilings in the entry of the home.

JG King's Maclaine 33 home design,

Steel works well for open-plan living and raked ceilings. Picture: JG King’s Maclaine 33 home design, on display in Shepparton.

“There are no limitations with steel over timber,” confirms Natalie.

“In fact, steel can be an advantage. It offers great spans and improved strength to weight ratio, which means larger rooms with less structural components being needed.”

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Myth 3: Steel is worse for the environment

Environmental concerns and sustainability can be high on the priority list of future home owners and this makes steel an ideal choice.

It is 100 per cent recyclable and will last for many decades. And while no trees are cut down to make a steel frame, it takes around 22 trees to make a timber home.

“Consider the lifecycle-embodied energy of steel versus timber and the costs associated with distribution – remembering that a significant amount of timber is now being imported,” says Natalie.

No trees are cut down to make a steel frame.

Since 1985, JG King has built exclusively with BlueScope Steel and is Victoria’s largest builder of steel frame homes. Steel frames are standard in all JG King properties and offer the ultimate in peace of mind for home buyers as they come with a 50-year structural warranty.


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