The future of home building
Worthington Homes along with our partners at Hitek Steel Framing are dedicated to bringing the future of home building to our clients. The use of steel framing has been utilised in Australia and internationally for over 50 years due to its significant advantages over conventional framing material.
It is no secret that termites are a nightmare for home owners and it has been reported that “termites are costing Australian home owners almost $1 billion a year”. (www.archicentre.com.au).
Steel wall and roof framing is 100 percent termite and borer proof. As a result, frames will not require expensive chemical treatments to protect them from termite attacks.
It may not be known to all, but damage caused to your home by termite attacks may not be covered by insurance – the result being repair bills costing you thousands.
Owning a steel framed home will eliminate the risk of termite attacks on your walls and roof and give you 100 percent peace of mind.
Unlike timber, the inherent strength and durability of steel means steel frames have true structural integrity every time.
A steel frame is precision engineered using the latest technology, which means it is always dimensionally accurate. The precision and accuracy of a frame eliminates the risk of shrinking, rotting, and warping. No shrinking, rotting, or warping means no jammed doors and windows, no curved or crimped walls, and no drooped or sagging roof lines – all common problems with conventional timber frames.
Steel’s inherent durability provides strength and superior resistance in extreme environments and conditions. A home constructed by Worthington Homes and Hitek Steel Framing will stand up to the toughest conditions in cyclone-prone areas and will not combust, which means it will not contribute to the spread of fire. Steel Framing gives you the peace of mind of knowing that the most valued asset in your life is protected by the strength and durability of steel.
Hitek Steel Framing uses sophisticated design software and the latest rollforming technology which means every framing member is precision engineered to be straight, strong, and stable.
Because the steel frames are always 100% square and straight, trades people spend less time straightening and squaring them (a common problem with conventional timber frames), eliminating the time and money spent repairing warped, bowed, or cracked non-linear members.
The steel frames come with pre-punched electrical and service holes making it simpler, neater, and more efficient for following trades to finalise their work. The result is a reduction in labour costs and ultimately savings to the homeowner.
Every steel frame made is pre-fabricated in Hitek’s state of the art workshop, which means frames go up fast with no site mess or waste.
Steel frames are tremendously strong and lightweight, which means they require less material than conventional frames, ultimately leading to cost savings for the homeowner.
Because steel is strong and light weight, the components of a frame made by Hitek Steel Framing are easy to transport and handle, reducing transport and handling time. This ultimately speeds up construction, saving the home owner valuable time and money.
The higher strength to weight ratio of a steel frame compared to a conventional timber frame means it is lighter and stronger.
This strength to weight ratio allows for superior spanning capabilities, which ultimately gives designers, builders, and homeowners the freedom to take advantage of greater design flexibility and the luxury gained by large open space and modern designs.
All steel frames used by Worthington Homes are made from sustainable engineered material, which makes them an excellent environmental product.
Because steel is one of the most recycled materials on the planet, it can be recreated to exact structural tolerances, unlike timber which loses structural integrity decreases in quality. These properties allow for a reduction in environmental impact from waste going to landfill.
For an average-sized house, a steel frame can be produced by recycling approximately 5 to 6 cars. A conventional timber frame of the same size will consume approximately 50-60 trees.
It is recognised in Australia and internationally that steel framing is the healthy home alternative for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory disorders.
Worthington Homes’ steel-framed homes do not require treatment with pesticides or harmful preservative chemicals and will not support mould, growth or rot like conventional timber frames. It is also non-allergenic and will not emit gases or VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Steel framing is the health conscious alternative that will keep you and your family healthy and happy day in day out.