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STEEL FRAMING

Steel framing is a practical, code approved solution to many of the limitations that builders face today when using traditional building materials.

The strength and ductility of structural cold-formed steel (CFS) framing, along with the holding power of CFS connections, make it the ideal material for construction in high wind speed and seismic zones such as the U. S. eastern seaboard, the Gulf Coast states, California and Hawaii. Characteristics such as non-combustibility, termite/mold resistance, and dimensional stability can lower construction and homeownership costs.

Each piece of CFS shipped to the job site contains a minimum of 25% recycled content and is 100% recyclable at the end of its lifespan. For these reasons and many others, the use of steel framing continues to grow every year with more than 40% of commercial structures now using steel framing and with nearly 500,000 homes built with steel framing over the past decade.

ABOUT COLD-FORMED STEEL

Steel is usually a recycled material that comes from a mill in coils, then each sheet of steel that is formed into shapes (most commonly a “C” shape) The sizes  are similar to what builders are accustomed to seeing in dimensional lumber (2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 2x12, and so forth). Steel framing profiles are formed in a process called roll forming by passing sheet steel through a series of rollers to form the bends that make the shape, the studs and joists are made stronger than the original sheet steel through this process.

Design Process

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Comprehensive provisions for steel framing are found in the International Code Council’s (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), which are recognized as the governing building codes by most building departments in the United States. Our products are ICC certified. The building codes also reference a series of Standards that have been developed by the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) to provide additional information for the design of steel structures.

Technology

Stalo Frames’ process is unique due to the use of BIM technology and state of the art CNC machinery to produce cold-formed steel frames, or profiles, for wall panels, joist panels, trusses, and modular buildings.  Its advanced technology driven manufacturing process designs, manufactures, and prefabricates light gauge steel framing panels and roof trusses. Moreover, unlike typical wood framing, Stalo’s steel Frames are  non-combustible, stronger, lighter, environmentally friendly, and recyclable. It also eliminates the likelihood of mold, rodent, or pest infestation. Additionally, Stalo Frames’ system can be used as a structural system for buildings that are up to 11 stories which provides the clients the ability to increase density at an extremely competitive cost.
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ADVANTAGES OF STEEL FRAMING

Construction speed, usually 60% faster than traditional construction.

 

The structure of the Steel Frame is made of galvanized steel, which does not oxidize over time

 

Steel is light in weight and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material which results in less material needed. This also translates into an easy-to-handle on-site material.

 

Non-combustible material that does not burn or contribute fuel to a fire.

 

Inorganic:  will not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.  Mold Resistant

Not vulnerable to termites

100% recyclable and Eco-Friendly, an average 2,000 SF steel framed house can generate as little as one-cubit yard of RECYCLABLE SCRAP while traditional construction have large amount of debris and demolition waste to DISPOSE.

In North America alone,  the Steel Industry waves the equivalent energy to power 18 million homes for a year, Typically in North America 60 to 80 million tons of scrap steel are recycled per year into new products. But also when you buy Steel in US, you buy recycled. It is the top recycled product globally.  The recycling of steel is associated with reduction is energy use as well as lower co2 emissions.  Steel framing has proven performance in high wind zones

 

Less probability of damage in an earthquake