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Frequently Asked Questions

Is everything made from steel?

The structural components such as the framing in the walls, subfloors and roof trusses are all made of galvanized pre-cut metal profiles min. of 1.5mm thickness.

Will I be able to customize my new home?

Because of its strength, steel can span greater distances, offering large, open spaces and high ceilings. The interior walls can be moved anywhere you want w/o disturbing the basic structure and this enables attractive design options. Also, you can choose from a variety of home design plans in our office and customize these aspects w/o limits.

How secure and safe is the framing?

Steel framed homes are fastened together with screws. The connections remain secure, as there is so little movement in the frame. Steel doesn't change with time so the connections stay tight. The drywall is attached to the walls with screws, as well as the exterior siding. The screws do not work their way out as nails do, and your finished wall remains unblemished. Steel does not change shape or sag with time. It will truly last a lifetime. Stronger, straighter, non-combustible, and long lasting are just a few of the reasons that steel is undeniable superior as a building material.

What about durability...will it last?

The only way that you can tell by looking which homes are built with steel happens over time. Traditional wooden header and ridges sag. They are subject to moisture changes that cause warping, splitting and rotting. If you've ever attempted to remodel or renovate an older wood framed or traditional concrete home, you know what happens over the years.

Where does the steel come from?

Buying steel framed home is earth friendly, built with mostly recycled material in North America and Europe. It's 100% recyclable; in fact, more steel is recycled than aluminum, plastic and glass combined.

Are steel houses stronger?

Less weight results in less movement and will sustain less damage in an earthquake; a lighter structure with stronger connections lowers the seismic force. All of these homes can be built to seismic 10 (EU) standards. Steel framed homes can withstand 150 mile high winds from a hurricane or tornado because the homes are connected with high strength screws. With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material, steel framing is stronger and lighter (up to 60% less than wood framing), resulting in a safer structure, with less maintenance and a slower aging process.

Is it really termite-free?

Steel framed homes are not vulnerable to termites, or any type of fungi or organism. Termites and other wood destroying insects just don't like steel. Also, they do not need to be treated for termites and are free of resin adhesives and chemicals normally present in other construction materials.

I'm building a larger home this time and I'm really concerned about the rise in utility costs.

Steel framing can be designed to meet or exceed governmental energy efficiency standards. Steel framing won't rot, warp, split, crack or creep, and will remain true within the structure. Less air can flow in or out of cracks around windows and doors, where energy loss commonly occurs. The steel framed walls allow for installation of much thicker 9" fiberglass batt insulation plus the use of tyver home wrap in exterior walls (www.tyvek.com), resulting in a quieter home with reduced heating and cooling bills for LIFE!

Do steel homes rust?

The use of painted red iron and galvanized steel framing protects your home against rust. The steel has a protective coating and is completely enclosed and protected from the weather.

What about noise?

Our homes are quiet inside. First the exterior walls are filled with thicker insulation, restricting outside noise. Then interior walls are also insulated, reducing room-to-room noise. Wood contracts as it dry and at ambient temperatures it expands. Steel framed home doesn't creak at all due to humidity variations and temperature changes have less effect.

What is your exterior finish technique?

Stucco (souvas) is used in our exterior finish walls. Stucco is a building material, which is a mixture of cement, water and lime or sand. The history of the use of stucco goes back to ancient times. The buildings in ancient Greece were already built using stucco. The Italians spread the various techniques of the use of stucco in Europe after the Reneissance. In our projects, we apply 3 coat stucco Portland cement over 2.5 metal lath using a water/air resistive barrier over exterior plywood prior to lath.

Exterior finish technique provides:

- Water management. - Fire resistant. - The three coat system is the only stucco system currently recognized by all North America and EU codes. - High impact resistance.

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