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Shelter construction…

Construction using modular steel framing which is galvanised, high-tensile steel offers many benefits including superior moisture resistance, tensile and compression strength and yet light in weight for ease of handling provides outstanding construction properties including straight flush surfaces on which to fix finishing surfaces. Advantages include…

Speed of construction…

Working with steel-framing is very fast and easy. Most steel-framing fabrications can be supplied and erected for you, or you may want to erect it yourself?  You will need a few special tools, but find it very straightforward. Fabrications can be supplied as pre-fabricated pre-assembled frames, and clearly identifiable for ease of assembly.  No welding is required, yet strong, straight and stable. Frames come with service holes pre-punched and fitted with plastic grommets to make edges safe and easy for your sub-trades to work with.

A superior finish…

The roll-forming technology behind steel-framing gives a high degree of dimensional accuracy, enabling consistently straight walls, square corners and an overall superior finish. The exactness that comes from building in this way helps later trades fitting internal linings such as kitchens, bathrooms, cupboards etc.

Home owner / shelter builder appeal…

Customers will find the benefits of steel-framing compelling. As well as the big draw-card of a top quality finish, you will also see the benefits from a dryer warmer more health environment indoor environment knowing that you have made an environmentally responsible choice.

Health and Safety issues…

A steel-frame is lightweight and easy to handle (it’s approximately one third of the weight of a timber-frame).

Steel requires none of the additional preservative chemicals associated with timber for preservation, an important consideration for the health of builders and tradesmen working on-site.  It‘s also electrically safe, will not combust so is extremely fire-resistant, and is a healthy option for the shelter owner as it won’t absorb moisture and therefore won’t support mould growth of any kind.

Steel is also not affected by excessive moisture even flooding as it will not swell, distort or deform.  And because it is galvanised with zinc plating it is also corrosion resistant, and will not cause any delay in construction waiting for frames to dry. Frames remain strong and true for years to come the likelihood of problems associated with excessive frame movement are greatly reduced, which means fewer issues while retaining good looks and longevity in service. Stability of steel means no contraction or expansion otherwise caused by moisture, and frames won’t warp, twist, sag or shrink, or distort, eliminating many of the maintenance issues that create builder call-backs and providing dimensional accuracy for pre-fabricated fixtures and fittings.

Cost competitive…

It may only represent around 10% of the total building cost, but the quality of the frame determines the quality of finish.  With every length straight, stable and strong a frame made from  steel is a top quality product and contrary to common perception, all the benefits come at a price that’s competitive with timber.

Design Flexibility…

Steel-framing opens up a variety of design possibilities. Steel’s high strength-to-weight ratio gives it excellent spanning capability, providing more design freedom to cost-effectively create wide, open spaces. Separation between multiple levels can also be achieved using specially manufactures steel floor joists capable of carrying pre-cast concrete plates between the floors and also the ceiling as a desired preferred safety medium  which a shelter design by definition should incorporate.

Environmentally sustainable…

Steel is made with consideration for the environment. It is manufactured in New Zealand from locally mined west coast iron-sand as well as incorporation recycled steel.  Fitting of the steel framing requires no additional preservatives or chemicals and as it is pre-formed there is zero material wastage (with off-cuts 100% recycled) and thereby reduces environmental impact by saving of trees, reducing carbon waste, and eliminates waste going to landfill.

New Zealand made…

The technology developed and the machines used for roll-forming of the steel frame profiles are designed and manufactured in New Zealand.  The steel frames are also entirely manufactured in New Zealand, and framing is constructed using local content and labour.

Peace of mind with a 50-year Durability Statement…

Pod Shelter Steel framing has been developed and tested by New Zealand Steel, for New Zealand conditions. Galvanised with a 100% zinc coating for protection, it is backed by a 50–year ‘Durability Statement’ so you can be assured that framing from Pod Shelter will stand the test of time.

Preferential design…

Steel-framing was an obvious choice which offers benefits of strength, consistency, quality, stability and durability. After putting both steel and timber-framing options to the market, steel is now their customers’ preferred choice.

Steel-framing delivers quality and reliability…

Moving to steel-framing offered benefits in terms of results and a point of difference in the market.
“We use Steel only, as it offers a consistent quality product backed by New Zealand Steel.  Reduced time and materials costs associated with the benefits of ease of construction and reduced waste are benefits to the customer.  Unlike timber, ‘there’s no movement.”

“We are impressed by the straightness of steel-framing and how it’s so structurally sound. The accuracy of steel-framing is a big advantage. And because steel is stable and doesn’t absorb moisture, there’s little delay. “We don’t have to wait for frames to dry if they’re wet.”

Making the move to steel…

Registered Master Builders have long built homes with timber-framing. Like any new product many say they were tentative at first about using steel. Yet by the time they get through the first frame construction, they are taken with it.

Fast and easy to work with…

With steel-framing, speed and ease of use are major benefits. “With steel-framing, the profiles are pre-punched so everything is a lot quicker to erect and there is less mess to clean up on site. The system has all the uplift fixings and bracings built in, so it’s automatically squared up – you just do the first corner and go from there.”

Also because it’s lighter to handle, it’s easier to work with and needs less manpower. “Once you’ve got your head around it, it’s easy. You can save a whole month in construction time, saving customers plenty and permitting us to do more jobs in a year.”

 

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We can be contacted by email : info@podshelter.com

 

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