Frequently Asked Questions
Are steel house frames noisy? Do they creak?
No – this is one of the most popular myths of steel framing. Steel frames are no more noisy than timber frames and there is some evidence to suggest the contrary. Studies conducted by CSIRO found that “most occupants of homes with steel frames either reported no sound emitted from the frame or said that if it did, it was not a problem”. In fact, some volunteered that there was less noise than previous timber framed houses.
More information on the myths of steel framing can be found at www.truecore.com.au
What's the warranty on TRUECORE steel?
TRUECORE® steel used in wall frames and trusses comes with a 50 year warranty* from BlueScope Steel. A great reassurance in anyone’s book! For more information on the 50 year warranty, including the terms and conditions visit BueScope Steel’s warranty website.
WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO INSTALL THE ENDUROFRAME® BUILDING SYSTEM?
The ENDUROFRAME™ building system comes complete with comprehensive assembly and installation videos and manuals which show what tools builders typically use when assembling or installing the ENDUROFRAME™ building system on site.
WHERE CAN I GET ADDITIONAL HELP ON INSTALLING STEEL FRAMES?
The TRUECORE® steel tradies website has heaps of really helpful information on how to build with steel, including how to troubleshoot problems on site. See the TRUECORE Tradies website for more information.
Is it true that steel frames don't make much difference because termites can still attack the rest of a home?
The truth is, there is nothing as catastrophic as the destruction of the primary structure of a house – the frame. Destruction of the frame by termites can be silent and invisible to the eye. Rectification of the frame can require complete replacement of other building components such as plumbing, electrical, plasterboard, skirting, architraves, kitchens, bathrooms, tiling and painting.
Is it true that termites can damage steel frames in ways other than eating them?
The truth is, that there is no evidence that termite nests, excrement, heat of moisture can damage a steel frame in any way.
Is it true that steel frames are noisy?
The truth is, that steel frames are no more noisy than timber frames and there is some evidence to suggest the contrary. Studies conducted by the CSIRO found that “most occupants of homes with steel frames either reported no sound emitted from the frame or said that, if it did, it was no problem”. In fact, some subjects volunteered that there was less noise than previous timber framed houses.
Is it true that cornices crack when steel frames heat up and expand?
The truth is, steel framing expands and contracts at rates reasonably similar to those of other building materials such as cornices and plasterboard. This means that it is highly unlikely there will be cornice cracking problems due to frame movement.
Is it true that steel frames perform badly in a fire?
The truth is, steel is non-combustible and does not add fuel to the fire. The elimination of combustible material, such as timber in frames and roofing can have a tremendous influence on preventing the ignition of a fire. It can also slow the speed of a fire, reduce the intensity and potentially reduce damage and cost caused by a fire.