Steel Framing FAQ

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During last two decades, a major re-think has brough about a mini revolution in the housing industry. Experts have completely revised the manufacturing process and workforce training. New and effective world-wide consumer studies have brought about a more versatile residential steel framing product at a much lower cost. The New Steel is lighter, stronger, cleaner, better. Steel is and will continue to be a superior residential construction material in terms of its consistency, uniformity and predictability.

Tri-Steel has advanced all of those processes one step further by pioneering and expanding the concept of pre-engineered steel framed homes. American made steel building materials are manufactured, pre-cut and marked under strict quality control guidelines before being transported to the building site.

Homyak Systems has advanced those processes many steps further by introducing an economical packaging mechanism where the home buyer can use our tools and resources for the virtual assembly of any number of complete home designs, visualizations and product packages.

When standing at the curb in front of any Homyak Systems home, you will not be able to distinguish if from a conventionally built wood framed home. But once you step inside you will realize that the benefits are enormous. Steel doesn't burn, warp, rot or split, and insects cannot destroy it.

Square corners stay squared; windows and doors open and close as they should. Homes can be built with an added level of quality not found in today's construction methods. Steel homes offer consistent quality, produced in strict accordance with national standards which have no regional variations or inconsistencies.

Homes produced with Homyak Systems are light years ahead of the competition in terms of Master Planned Housing and Integrated Lifestyle Management.


Can you SAVE money by building with steel?

Steel construction saves time and labor costs. Residential steel framing components are extremely cost effective, light weight and easy to handle. It takes LESS MEN (or women!) and less time to get the job done, greatly reducing the cost of labor during construction.

With the rising cost of lumber and the steady drop in steel prices (about 1% each year)...wood is quickly becoming economically unsuitable as a primary building material. Trees are harvested at a much faster rate than they can be replaced and a dwindling supply can only mean one thing to prices! HUGE INCREASES!

As lumber prices continue to escalate, the industry greatly favors steel as the economical choice. Steel is abundant, competitvely priced and fully recyclable.

Our componentized site-built manufactured home system offers practically waste-free construction. The 2% loss is nothing, compared to the 20% loss in wood construction. In the long run, the dramatic lack of maintanance and 60% savings on utilities takes the savings far into the future.


How easy is it to work with?

Tri-Steel homes are convenient to design and build. The framing systems go up much like a giant erector set with components being bolted and screwed together quickly, easily, and with a minimum of scrap. The unique framing system can be erected in a very short time using only 3 to 5 men. Steel weighs 60% less than wood framing...making it much easier to handle.

The exterior shell can be quickly weathered-in, with interior wall framing and finishing proceeding in a dry, climate controlled environment, without project delays due to inclement weather.


Is everything made from steel?

Only the structural components, such as the framing in the walls, the steel sheathing, the roof trusses and shingles. There are floor systems available for homes with a basement or for those built off the ground.


Will I be able to customize my new home?

Steel homes provide maximum usable space and design flexibility. Because of its strength, steel can span greater distances, offering large, open interior spaces and high ceilings. Sturdy steel columns fully carry the load of the roof and additional stories to all outside walls.

The interior walls can be moved anywhere you want without disturbing the basic structure. This enables attractive design options. A much larger variety of floor plans are made available to the buyer with the same basic pre-engineered plan. Although you can choose from a multitude of home designs, the customizing aspects are without limits.

You can take one of our many floor plans and customize it to fit your family's needs. There is no added cost if you simply move the walls and rooms around.


How secure is the framing?

Steel framed homes are fastened together with bolts and screws. The connections remain secure to the extent that there is so little movement in the frame. In traditional construction, nailed connections become loose due to shrinkage and warping. This affects the frame, siding, and the interior sheet rock. Yet steel doesn't change with time so the connections stay tight.

The drywall (sheet rock) is attached to the walls with screws, as well as the exterior siding. The screws do not work their way out as nails do, and your finished wall remains unblemished.


What about durability...will it last?

Steel does not change shape or sag with time. It will truly last a lifetime. Stronger, straighter, non-combustible, and long lasting are just a few of the reasons that steel is clearly superior as a residential building material.

Over time, you can visually discern which homes are constructed with wood and which are built with steel. Traditional wooden headers and ridge beams sag. They are subject to moisture and humidity that cause warping, splitting and rotting. If you've ever attempted to remodel or renovate an older wood framed home, you know what happens over the years. But the home built with steel will remain straight and true for decades into the future.


Where does the steel come from?

Most of the steel used in our homes is made from recycled steel. It's principal source is from automobile salvage.

Buying a steel framed home is earth friendly, built with the most recycled material in North America. It's 100% recyclable, in fact, more steel is recycled than aluminum, plastic and glass combined. Steel framing scrap has value and won't have to be burned and hauled away.


Are steel houses stronger?

The fact that steel has less mass means less probability of foundation problems. Less weight results in less movement and will sustain less damage in an earthquake; a lighter structure with stronger connections lowers the seismic force. All of these homes can be built to seismic 4 standards.

Steel's high strength and ductility make it the best construction material for earthquake, tornado and hurricane resistant design. A steel framed home can withstand winds up to 200 mph from a hurricane or tornado because the structural components are connected with high strength bolts and screws. With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material, steel framing is stronger and lighter (up to 60% less than wood framing), resulting in a safer structure, with less maintenance and a slower aging process.


Are structural metals really termite-free?

Steel framed homes are not vulnerable to termites, or any type of fungi or organism. When compared, termites actually account for more property damage to homes each year than fire.

Termites and other wood destroying insects just don't like steel. It's hard to chew and lacks the moisture they crave! These pests cannot damage the frame or structure of your home.


Is a house built with steel safer?

They're definitely safer against high winds and earthquakes, pests, fires and lightning. They offer better shelter and are non combustible. The steel frame offers better protection against lightning than any other construction system. Scientists recommend seeking shelter in steel frame structures during lightning storms because the steel frame provides a path to the ground, reducing the likelihood of explosions, secondary fires, or personal injury.

Steel does not burn and will not contribute to the spread of a house fire. Most home fires occur in the kitchen. Then they spread into the walls and accelerate when the wood frame begins to burn. This is not true of steel framed homes. The gypsum interior finish material, attached to the steel frame make a non-combustible combination of products not likely to burn.

Even chemically sensitive and environmentally conscious homeowners find safe indoor air quality with our homes. Steel frames do not need to be treated for termites and are free of resin adhesives and chemicals normally present in other construction materials.

I'm building a larger home this time and I'm really concerned about the rise in utility costs.

Steel framing can be designed to meet or exceed governmental energy efficiency standards.

Steel framing won't rot, warp, split, crack or creep, and will maintain structural integrity. Less air can flow in or out of cracks around windows and doors, where energy loss commonly occurs. The steel framed walls allow for installation of much thicker 9" fiberglass batt or Icynene insulation, resulting in a quieter home with reduced heating and cooling bills for LIFE!


Do steel homes rust?

The use of painted red iron and galvanized steel framing protects your home against rust. The steel has a protective coating and is completely enclosed and protected from the weather.


What about noise?

Our homes are quiet inside. First the exterior walls are filled with thicker insulation, restricting outside noise. Then interior walls are also insulated, reducing room to room noise.

Wood contracts as it dries and at ambient temperatures it expands. A steel framed home doesn't creak at all due to humidity variations and temperature changes have less effect. We install insulator strips between components to prevent movement and expansion or contraction.

Radio waves can pass through the space between studs, allowing the use of radios, phones, and television sets in your home.


If I decide to do this myself, will I have to buy a lot of expensive tools?

All you need is a screw gun and vice-grip clamps. The beams have pre-punched hems and bolt together without any cutting or welding.


Can I get help in constructing my steel home?

Homyak Systems can provide any assistance you need, from on-site supervision to full assembly of the shell, to complete turn-key construction of your home. Use our system online to organize all of your Sub-Contractors.


What about loans...will I be approved for Federal Lending?

Loans can be obtained from any lending institution across the country, including VA and FHA loans. We also have networked with a variety of lenders who would be happy to work with you.


Will my insurance increase?

No. In fact, your insurance may even be lowered by steel's excellent performance record in earthquakes and high winds, and because it is non-combustible and not affected by termites or other problems common to conventional stick-framed buildings.


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