Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is a steel frame safe?

     A:  Yes. Steel Core homes are the strongest homes available.  Using a steel frame, and a steel roofing system Steel Core homes can withstand the harshest elements.  Specifically, Steel Core homes offer greater protection during hurricanes, earthquakes, thunderstorms, and fires as well as against damaging insects or mold. It won’t ignite and burn therefore making it highly desirable in extreme environmental conditions.

Q: Why build with light gauge steel studs?

     A:    Steel frame homes are high-quality homes. By virtue of its material characteristics and properties, cold formed steel studs offer significant advantages to homeowners, builders and consumers. Steel studs and joists are strong, lightweight, and made from uniform-quality material. Steel framing doesn't contribute combustible material to feed a fire.

Q:  Will a steel framed home rust?

     A:  No. The use of zinc coating on the steel framing enhances the longevity and performance of steel. It also protects the steel from corrosion for the life of the structure. 

Q:  If components and materials come from the “global market” where are they preassembled?

     A:  Generally, all components are consolidated at the SCH factory in the Philippines then packed along with their pre-assembled frames as a complete ‘kit’ home.

Q:  How are Steel Core homes shipped?

     A:  Steel Core homes are shipped in 20’ or 40’ sea containers from the Philippines.

Q: How are Steel Core homes installed?

     A:   Steel Core homes utilize a lean manufacturing philosophy dictating very deliberate, detailed, and specific staging of materials.

Q:  How long does installation take?

     A:   Installation is one of the competitive advantages of the Steel Core process.  The main house ‘core and shell’ in a normal working environment, with a semi or even unskilled labor force takes less than TWO DAYS to make completely ‘watertight’.

Q: How do I attach lining and cladding to the frame?

     A: Linings and claddings are screwed into the frame using a standard ‘hexa head+neo screws.

Q: Does it cost more to build with steel framing compared to timber?

    A: No. It is actually less expensive than timber. The price of traditional timber framing has been erratic and growing at a rate much faster than inflation; steel prices have only experienced small annual adjustments. Plus, it's a lot faster to erect, saving on manpower.

Q: Will I be able to renovate my steel frame home?

    A: Yes. Since steel framing allows for larger spans, the house can be designed without interior load-bearing partitions, making it easier for homeowners to complete alterations without affecting the structure.

Q: Can my house still be energy efficient?

    A:Yes. Steel framing can be designed to meet or exceed governmental energy efficiency standards. In addition, by staying straight and true, the steel framing helps prevents cracks due to shrinking or warping, thus preventing air leaks that result in costly loss of energy.

Q: Will my home maintain its resale value?

     A: Your home does not need to look any different than your neighbours and should sell just as easily. Because of steel's high strength and durability, your house should last and retain its value for a long time. In fact, if you take advantage of steel's strength and flexibility by designing wide open spaces, you will have additional selling feature.

Q: Why Should I consider building a home with Steel Core Homes?

     A:

  • Speed – The steel frame of the building is designed and manufactured from computer models directly linked to the CNC Machines thus ensuring high dimensional accuracy and speed of erection. Short construction period and no project delays.
  • Safety – During Design/Fabrication; During Construction
  • Quality and Reliability – Steel is a homogenous material and is subject to documented quality control procedures during manufacture and rolling. The client can be assured of obtaining reliable and constant quality.
  • Professional approach – The steel construction industry can give assistance to the client and his professional team with technical and budgetary advice at the planning stage of the project.
  • Sustainability – Environmentally Friendly Steel Construction; Steel is basically a clean, user friendly material – no dust, no spillage, little waste etc. Steel can be reused, relocated or recycled.