Frequently Asked Questions
When I build with Besteel Framing, how much design flexibility do I have?
Besteel Steel framing & designing software brings to our clients Optimum design freedom.
As an owner builder, can I erect a Besteel Frames Steel Frame Package?
Yes – Our building framing is pre-assembled and is clearly marked on, and provided are simple drawings for assembly.
Besteel framing appears to be very thin, is the frame strong?
Definitely – The frame is strong as it is rolled using the latest technology which gives the cross section added strength. Additionally you have the knowledge that all our frames are engineered and checked by consulting structural engineers.
Can I use a Besteel Frames Steel Framing Package in Cyclone areas?
Yes – you can, we simply have to increase our design and tie down engineering strengths to suit up to a C2 wind rating.
Is Besteel Framing more suited to concrete slab on ground construction, or pier footings?
Either – Our framing is more than suitable for both types of construction. We can fabricate the piers and floor as a part of our system with no difficulty.
Will the steel frame expand and contract as the temperature changes?
No – It is highly unlikely as steel expands and contracts at a similar rate to most other building materials and of course, you have the added benefit that the frame won’t shrink over time.
When I use Besteel Framing, will my frame rust?
No – We use high tensile Bluescope Truecore Steel which is coated in zinc and comes with a 50 year Bluecope warranty. Alternatively we offer Alu-zinc which is rated to the highest Australian standard, G550 and zinc coated to prevent rusting.
Am I safe if my house is struck by lightning or exposed to electrical wiring?
Yes – You are safe as the steel frame is earthed and, as an added safety measure, all new houses by law must be fitted with circuit breakers.
Besteel framing is competitive with other framing systems, but are following trades such as electricians & plumbers more expensive?
No – Following trades should not be more expensive as frames are pre-punched for services, we can install any noggins to any predetermined position during fabrication and with modern technology, most linings can be fixed using a nail gun with special nails. The pre punched service holes make it easier for electrical and plumbing trades as no drilling is required.
Will Besteel Framing be approved by local councils and lending authorities?
Yes – We provide an Engineers Design Certificate (Form 15) prior to manufacturing for presentation to Council for approval to build, from an independent structural engineer.
Engineers Frame Certificate (Form 16) can be organised on request. As this (Form 16) entails a site visit by the certifier there would be an added cost involved for certification. You will incur this cost regardless of building in timber or steel, We can help organise this service, or you can arrange a private certifier yourself as it is a Council requirement.
Can I get easily organised home loans from lending authorities?
Yes – In fact it is becoming an advantage to use steel framing as it cannot be attacked by termites. Termite damage is uninsurable, the last thing a lending authority (and you) need is a house that has been attacked by termites which will then have to be repaired at your expense.