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What Is Steel Deck Framing?

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.

  
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Strong & Versatile

  

Steel framing is coated in anti-corrosion protection and is built to withstand most environments and weather conditions. Pre-cut, gun-nailed or screw-fixed, steel framing provides an interlocked base to your decking to withstand the most pressure or weight. Each steel frame is individually designed and cut to suit each deck and can be suitable for some light commercial load uses, as well as all domestic applications. Able to withstand snow, wind, floods and even fire, and altered to suit special circumstances such as mezzanines, schools, parking and patios, steel framing is the one-stop material for all your decking needs.

  

Benefits of Steel Deck Framing

  • Looks and installs like wood
  • Builds flat, stays flat!
  • Provides greater spans between supports
  • Works with any type or brand of decking, including composite, PVC, aluminum, tile, wood and tropical hardwoods
  • Designed for low-maintenance, durability, ease of installation and safety
  • A noncombustible material, resistant to fire and invulnerable to rotting, warping, splitting and pesky insect damage
  • Unlike wood boards, there is no need to soak steel with insecticide and fungicide
  • Steel is recycled and recyclable, making it more sustainable than wood

Naturally Resistant

  

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.

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Cost Effective

  

Steel deck framing takes less maintenance and upkeep than wood decking. With no cost for pest control, plus the ability to span a longer distance than wood (meaning less product is needed), steel framing will save you money from installation through to the day to day use of your deck. With the option to fabricate the steel deck to suit your space, fewer support beams are needed, meaning you can avoid spending half of your decking budget on keeping the deck standing. Additionally, steel decking takes less time to install, meaning a shorter turn around time and less money spent on labour.

Uniform and Precise

  

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.

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No Limits

  

Your imagination can run wild with steel deck framing. Being lightweight, moldable, and versatile, any deck you can dream of can be a reality, from an upper-level deck to a two-story masterpiece or a floating deck over your pool. With the ability to span great distances plus the lack of a need for heavy and intrusive supporting frames or beams, steel decking provides a stylish and sophisticated solution to those areas that you don’t know what to do with, or that are perfect for entertaining your guests. Homeowners, renters, and investors love this option for their renovations, getting the best quality, diversity, and style for the lowest cost. Many companies offer DIY options for your steel deck framing, making it an even lower cost option and allowing you to be the engineer of your own design.

Design Flexibility

  

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.

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Safety

  

A substructure is the platform that will support your deck—not to mention your friends, family and loved ones—for decades of outdoor living activities. Steel offers superior strength and longevity, is non-combustible, termite-proof, and free of pressure-treated chemicals.

Steel Deck Framing: Popular Questions

WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES STEEL DECK FRAMING HAVE OVER WOOD?

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.

  

IS STEEL DECK FRAMING STRONGER THAN WOOD?

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.

  

HOW LONG DOES A STEEL DECK LAST?

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.

  

CAN YOU USE METAL STUDS FOR A DECK?

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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