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Durability

The benefits of light steel construction in relation to durability are:

  • Design life predictions for light steel framing in a ‘warm frame’ environment are in excess of 250 years.
  • The NHBC and other housing warrantee providers, require a design life in excess of 60 years, and accept the use of light steel construction.
  • Light steel sections are protected from corrosion by continuous hot-dip zinc coating.
  • Steel does not shrink, warp or change its shape.
  • Light steel construction can be used for walls, floors, roofs and suspended ground floors.
  • Steel does not creep under load.
  • Galvanised steel does not suffer from fungal or biological deterioration and is not susceptible to insect infestation.
  • Even in uninsulated roof constructions light steel sections provide a design life in excess of 100 years.
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