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Popularity of light gauge steel construction Is rapidly on the rise, and here at Modafex, we can take care of all your needs, from design, costing through to site erection. Our light gauge steel system can be used on any construction project from housing developments through to office buildings and hotels. Through effective design the system in principle can be used up to 6 storeys high without the need for any hot rolled steel support.
Light gauge steel is easily customizable.
Thanks to the efforts of modern software, projects using light gauge steel can be measured down to single millimetre ranges. These highly accurate drawings are sent to our factory, where the unique light gauge steel units are individually manufactured.
Due to the level of customization that can be achieved with light gauge steel, fewer materials are wasted, leading to cost savings. Having each part specially manufactured off-site creates less chance for error.
Clients who prefer modern styles are happy with light gauge steel as the clean lines and overall minimal appearance fit well within the category. Since each piece of the design is made to order, they can be folded or punched in virtually any way the client sees fit.
This steel is manufactured and panellised off-site, which decreases build time on-site.
Ultimately, there is less variability in the end product of the construction pieces, leading to fewer call backs.
Assembling this type of steel on site is more straightforward than working with less predictable building materials.
In the end, there will be less time wasted on site adjusting or modifying errors in the design or construction.
Out of any building materials on the market, light gauge steel has the highest strength to weight ratio. This single factor has many benefits in itself.
First, a high strength to weight ratio means that site workers can often carry materials by themselves, whereas timber, concrete, and brick are often too heavy. This cuts down the workload, which saves both time and money.
In fact, steel weighs 60% less than timber. Decreasing the building material weight also makes building a foundation for the structure easier.
Second, this ratio means that light gauge steel can be transported easily and without too much worry about damaging the individual pieces.
Another benefit of its strength is its ability to create larger spans. This strength makes unique design features, like a full height window wall, possible. These design features are not possible with other building materials.
Light gauge steel is much more durable than other building materials. Galvanized steel resists decay and corrosion.
Unlike wood, steel will not warp, crack, swell, or shrink. Steel will never rot. It is not susceptible to mold or mildew.
If the structure is located in a wet, moist, or humid area, steel is the best option. This not only improves structural safety but health safety as well.
Even in natural disasters, steel often holds up better than other materials. Whether it’s a seismic event or wind, steel structures survive.
The walls attached to steel framing are often easy to remove. This means that remodelling is a much simpler process. You can shuffle around anything, at any time, as you see fit.
The assembly of steel framing itself is much easier than a wood structure. Since steel is highly customizable, it can form virtually any shape. As long as load-bearing parts aren’t removed, nearly any part of the structure can be changed.
The high strength to weight ratio allows longer spans without beams, allowing more design possibilities. With other building materials, it would cost significantly more to achieve the same effect.
Of course, because steel parts are individually manufactured and a more accurate and specific way, this also helps with the design process.
As already stated, the highly accurate nature of the planning and manufacturing process leads to less wasted material. This is far better for the environment.
Additionally, all of our steel materials are completely recyclable. In fact, most steel building materials include recycled steel. This not only reduces the environmental impact but the cost as well.
One of the best things about light gauge steel is that it is non-combustible.
Of course, steel does melt at a very high temperature, but it is still considered non-combustible. It will not ignite, and it will contribute nothing to a fire. If the structure is located in a high-risk fire area, steel is ideal.
As well as being resistant to fire, rot, mold, and mildew, steel is also resistant to insect damage. All around, it is far more durable than most other building materials.
This resistance to damage can even lead to reduced insurance premiums. If your insurance company identifies your structure as having “premium construction,” it can lead to lower premiums.