Bushfire prone areas? Steel frames are your best bet.

Steel frames bring the future today: they make our homes, schools, older constructions and other properties a safer, more secure place. Where is steel used? Right into the structural infrastructure. Especially in regions with a track record in bushfire, such as the areas around Australia. 

How does steel help against bushfires? Here’s how. 

But first… 

What Happens in a Bushfire Prone Area

The last bushfires gave us quite a scare; bushfire prone areas constitute a significant part of Australia. Every year due to the high temperatures, the dry forest areas surrounding Australia catch fire. These fires start due to fuels in eucalypt forest drying out. A drought followed by a decrease in the rate of rainfall also plays a big part in causing bushfires.

 Bushfires are generally slow-moving; they pass in 2-5 minutes but can smoulder for days. Fires in the tree canopies move much faster. Bushfires are not only life-threatening to humans, but they also cause a massive amount of damage to flora and fauna of the surrounding areas. In worse cases, it can also impact the property and houses in the regions.

Steel Frames: Fire-proof, weather-proof and full-proof

Steel frames are a structural body of any building that forms the ‘skeleton’ of a building. Steel is used as the material for building instead of steel and wood in areas that are prone to bushfires. It is a durable and non-combustible metal that helps in resisting heat and makes the house or property strong against the seasonal bushfires.

Why Use Steel Frames?

In areas like Australia that are prone to bushfires, steel-framed houses would be the best choice as they are non-combustible metal. When you think of building a fire-resistant house, the first thing is the frame of the house. Using steel in the framework of the house would ensure its durability during bushfire seasons. Let’s have a look at the benefits of steel that make it the best.

  • Non-Combustibility, because your family deserves the safest haven

Steel naturally does not catch fire. It is a non-combustible material and ideal for making property frames in bushfire prone land. By using steel frames instead of wood and steel, it will automatically reduce the number of flammable things in the house.

  • Durability, because a house is a heirloom 

Steel frames and trusses are strong and resilient, so they provide durability to your home. Steel frames are strong and can withstand various climatic problems allowing you to keep the design of your house in good shape for many years to come.

  • High Melting Point, standing tall against fire 

Steel frames are highly resilient against heat. The hottest bushfire temperature recorded is around 1150 degrees centigrade, and the melting point of steel is about 1350 degrees centigrade. This makes steel one of the ideal choices in choosing bushfire-prone materials when constructing residential and commercial properties.

  • Affordability, doesn’t even burn through your pocket

Steel frameworks are more affordable because they provide durability due to less maintenance. At GNL, you can get high-quality steel frames at competitive prices. In addition, choosing steel frames would impact your house maintenance in the long term:

  • No termite problems
  • The repair cost is less due to fewer cracks or nails
  • Redecoration is not needed
  • Less house maintenance
  • Flexibility, because home is what you want it to be

Steel frames are a designer’s dream come true because they provide broad availability for designs. Different architectural designs can be produced by using steel in the house frame. Steel frames allow designers the opportunity for more innovation in property designs, and therefore, you can build properties of various designs.

  • Recyclable, because we build for the future

Steel is a recyclable metal which is collected from demolition sites and recycled into new steel products. Steel framing and trusses are environment friendly, and they contain recycled steel in their structure.

  • Termite Resistant, because invited guests only 

In Australia, homes often get termite attacks, which costs them significant financial disaster. Termites do not eat steel; this is why steel frames would be immune to termite attacks. Ultimately less maintenance would be needed if the house doesn’t get termite damage.

HSFT provides high-quality steel for the structure of your properties. Steel frames are strong and provide easy installation of products in the house; they protect the property from the seasonal bushfires and offer protection from other climatic changes.