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Different framing options

Steel and timber frames are the main two materials used in house building – and both have their advantages. Which material should be chosen?
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A variety of building materials can be used to construct a home. The two main materials used for framing are steel and timber. But which should you use – and what are their respective benefits?

Any decision about which framing material to use needs to be informed by the cost, availability, longevity, sustainability and flexibility of the material chosen. The wishes of the client also need to be factored in.

HIA has put together this resource to help you determine when to use steel or timber framing. Steel frames are strong, sturdy and designed to provide many years of use. Timber, on the other hand, has the advantage of being a natural product and can be very quickly and efficiently assembled.

There are some disadvantages associated with both products and these are also presented in the resource.

So, which to use? Both materials can readily meet the framing needs of any project, but the final decision will ultimately be guided by what works best for both builder and customer.

Who is it for?

Residential builders and industry professionals

This resource is designed for builders and industry professionals who want help choosing whether to use timber or steel framing for their next project.

What does it include?

  • Benefits of steel frame houses
  • Differences of steel frame houses
  • Benefits of timber frame houses
  • Differences of timber frame houses

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