Light Steel Frame Construction
The introduction of light steel frame building in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments in recent times – in both the steel and construction industries. Perfected over the last half century, steel frame construction has become the preferred way of building in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. However, it was only fairly recently introduced to our shores – now growing at an astounding rate of 25% annually in South Africa.
Compared to traditional building methods, light steel frame construction offers the opportunity to erect structures (from residential and commercial, to industrial and institutional) of a higher quality and with less wastage – quicker, more cost-effective and to exact building specifications. The material is fully customisable to the client’s requirements and the architectural style. Buildings are finished in such an aesthetically pleasing way that (for example in the case of residential homes) the steel structures are not visible.
Light steel frame buildings consist of structural wall frames and roof trusses, manufactured from cold-formed light-gauge galvanised steel sections.
Electricity, plumbing and insulation material are installed in the wall cavity – making the addition of these services easier, faster and more cost-effective.
Exterior finishing is done to the client’s specifications – from plaster or wood panelling, to sandstone or marble tiling. The cladded walls can also be filled with a concrete mix (our “solid wall” service).
Overall construction is completed in half the time and at lower cost. Light steel frame buildings are also stronger, safer and require less maintenance.