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Steel deck framing is U-shaped and cold-formed made to replicate the dimensions and form of lumber, but with a stronger and more reliable result. Cold forming is a process in which the metal is worked into shape at room temperature, resulting in a finished product that is incredibly strong, lightweight, non-combustible, easy to install and cost-effective. Steel framing needs very little maintenance and usually no repairs, ensuring that you can build it and enjoy it without having to add the cost or stress of maintenance into your consideration. Steel can do all that wood can do for a deck frame and construction, plus more, which is why it’s quickly taking over as the most popular and relied upon the material for deck framing Chicagoland wide.
Naturally resistant, your steel decking won’t succumb to termites and if termites are using your framing to access your wooden floorboards, their trails are easy to spot and treat, with the steel easily wipeable and resistant to light domestic chemical exposure. Steel framing is fire resistant and non-combustible and can come with options to protect the deck from fire even further by adding fire-resistant and energy-efficient insulation to meet the standards of national Bushfire Attack Level regulations.
Think of the decks of old, with uneven floorboards, quirky finishes, and imperfections. This is due to the nature of the wood – subject to warping, twisting, and shrinking, especially when delivered and installed while wet. The instability of wood during installation causes a lack of uniformity and precision in the final product and the absorption of moisture can mean the wood twists and goes further out of shape as the years go by. Steel is not subject to moisture, weather or even age, and you can rest assured that your deck will be cut and installed with sharp and even edges, without changing or altering in appearance over time.
Steel beams have the ability to be bent and shaped to allow for everything from curves and angled corners to extended cantilevers. They are more lightweight than wood and can span up to 15 ft. (vs. 10 ft. for wood), resulting in the need for fewer posts and greater flexibility in post placement. This creates less obstructed views and more open space below the deck for storage or even additional outdoor living area.
One of the most obvious advantages to using steel over wood in residential construction is durability. While steel is much stronger than wood products, there are other durability advantages as well. Wood is susceptible to termites and other pests, while steel does not. Schedule a consultation with an Ace of Decks representative or call (630) 354-8887. We are the gold standard when it comes to deck builders near you.
As the technology evolves, metal framing has gotten stronger while also getting lighter in weight. Steel framing is not flammable, but wood framing is combustible. Insurance premiums may be lower for buildings with steel framing than for those with wood framing. Steel will not shrink, warp, split or mold. Schedule a consultation with an Ace of Decks representative or call (630) 354-8887. We are the gold standard when it comes to deck builders near you.
Steel or aluminum is another option for decking that far surpasses the other decking options for longevity and durability. These decks are a brilliant investment and can last up to 60 years if maintained correctly. Schedule a consultation with an Ace of Decks representative or call (630) 354-8887. We are the gold standard when it comes to deck builders near you.
If you have ever framed a wall with steel studs and track, you will feel right at home framing a steel deck. Simply put, it’s like framing a wall on the horizontal plane. The track used for the ledger and the rim is like the track that serves as plates in a steel-stud wall. Schedule a consultation with an Ace of Decks representative or call (630) 354-8887. We are the gold standard when it comes to deck builders near you.
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