Frequently Asked Questions
Very simply, a frame made of steel is a high quality product. It represents value for money and brings peace of mind. A steel frame is light and strong, environmentally friendly, it will not burn, it is termite, borer, and fungus-proof, and it will not shrink or warp.
No. Steel framing is very competitive on price, particularly when you consider its quality! A steel frame gives value for money. It is a premium quality green product that sets the benchmark. It has many advantages over conventional green building techniques, including the best quality timber. The fact is that discerning environmentally conscience buyers are increasingly demanding steel frames. The proof is that steel framing suppliers continue in business.
Yes. There are ongoing savings for the householder. Because steel will not burn and is termite-proof, some insurers offer attractive discounts on their premiums for steel framed homes. Also, the expense of ongoing anti-termite chemical treatments is avoided, and you will never have to replace your frame or roof due to termite damage.
Yes. In Australia and NZ steel framing has been used successfully in housing since the early 1940’s. Today’s framing represents the results of years of research, testing and product improvement. It is a thoroughly engineered product. Don’t forget that steel frames have been used in commercial buildings for many years because of their superior attributes. The durability of Light steel frame channels is 600 years and is designed according to SANS 517 with a minimum strength of 550 MPA.
The steel in the frames that is produced by Rancor is quality-accredited to appropriate National Standard Specifications. The components are precision manufactured and assembled to very tight tolerances using advanced techniques. Computer-aided design, computer-controlled manufacture, and advanced engineering, ensure the customer gets the design he or she wants, and that installation is quick and easy. Strength and performance are engineered into the frames.
es. Additions are relatively simple and pose no problems. Furthermore the existing steel structure will remain straight and true regardless of its age, making the job of lining up the extension easier than for conventional methods.
Freedom of floor plan and architectural style is practically unlimited. Rancor can produce almost any, one, two or three storey home design seen in the market today. Light steel frames can go up to 12 stories depending on structural elements being added to the design. Furthermore, it is possible to produce designs in steel that are difficult with other materials. By taking advantage of this feature the owner can often build with less expense than by using more conventional materials.
The properties of steel are known and consistent, and conform to National standards or their equivalent. Rancor’s components are designed around those properties with an extra allowance included for safety. Our modern systems use high tensile steel components with appropriate jointing methods, and are engineered to pass strict performance tests.
Yes. Steel is used extensively in cyclone prone areas because of its inherent strength. Many suppliers can adapt their framing systems for cyclonic conditions if required. It is recommended that you consult with Rancor for details.
Steel frames are made of steel protected against corrosion by a hot-dipped metallic coating of either a zinc-aluminium alloy, or almost pure zinc (galvanised). These coatings conform to the appropriate national standards or their equivalent. In external applications such as roofing these products are exposed to the elements and have excellent durability, so in less exposed applications such as inside the building envelope they weather more slowly. Where there are drill holes and cut edges the galvanic action, or sacrificial protection, of the coatings protects the exposed steel edge against corrosion. For more detailed information on this topic, please contact SASFA.
It is very easy to hang artwork in your light-steel-frame house. The most common approach is to use mollies and screws and it is quite easy to locate the studs using a magnet.
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