Question: Where will Canadian steel frame building deliver my materials?

Answer: Anywhere in the world that you specify.

Question: Does enamel coated steel or galvanized steel provide better protection against rust?

Answer: Enamel painted steel without a galvanized coating below does not provide better protection against rust.  Zinc can “heal” or repair cuts and abrasions in the steel through the action of the galvanic coating. With the rough handling that construction products receive, as well as the drilling, cutting, shearing, and fastening of members, the coating gets cut and scraped away. The galvanized coating works much better than the enamel at covering areas that are scraped or scratched.

Question: Will my home look different than the rest in my development?

Answer: No, only if you want it to. And due to the properites of the steel your architect can design your home with larger, more open spaces. With steel framing, walls always remain straight and true. This prevents nail pops shrinkage cracks or any other damage you find in wood homes. Alos, any finishes can be used in a way you are accustomed to using.

Question: I’ve heard using steel frames instead of timbers hold up better through harsher weather climates and natural disasters like earthquakes. I’m looking for information on this topic for a particular development.  What kind of information can you provide?

Answer: Manufacturing steel framing members complies to strict guidelines resulting in consistent strength, stability, and quality framing.  Due to the inherent strength of steel, our framing provides excellent design flexibility which allows it to span longer, and to resist heavy winds and earthquakes.

Also please see the following PDF on this subject

Question: What are the bracing requirements for curtainwall framing?

Answer: The maximum spacing for mechanical bracing of curtainwall framing is six feet on center. Curtainwall framing is braced by the normal attachment of wall facing materials to both sides of the studs. Normally, sheathing is applied to the exterior of the studs but the inside flanges are left unbraced until the interior is finished. If installed horizontally, steel strapping on the interior flanges at a maximum of six feet on center, in conjunction with the sheathing will brace and protect the stud framing during the construction.

Question: What are the bracing requirements for floor joists?

Answer: The top flange of floor joists are laterally braced by the application of floor sheathing fastened to the joists. The diaphragm effect of the floor must then be structurally adequate for the lateral bracing of the top flange. Also, joist bridging starts and ends with two spaces of solid bridging. Between the start and end spaces, a repetitive pattern of five spaces of strapping, on the laterally unbraced flange, followed by one space of solid bridging can be used.

Question: How will steel construction affect the environment during the build process?

Answer: You can rest assured that light gauge steel is clean and safe. Steel framing scrap is highly valuable and won’t end up in a landfill. The overall recycling rate within the steel industry is 66%. That’s the highest in the country! Light gauge steel offers an environmentally sound home framing solution for you and future generations.

Question: Is steel framing dangerous if lightening strikes?

Answer: No. The steel frame actually offers the best protection during an electrical storm; More so than any other construction system! Because the steel frame will conduct and strike directly to earth, scientists recommend seeking shelter in steel frame structures during lightning storms. This reduces the possibility of fires, explosions or personal injury.