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Light Gauge Steel (LGS) Construction - Advantages

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    Posted: 29 Jan 2018 at 5:15pm
Light Gauge Steel (LGS) Construction - Advantages
  • LGS construction is lighter than brick and mortar, it allows for quick building without heavy tools or equipment. Each component can be easily carried by hand.  Thus building can be done as a DIY project, as the main tool required is an electric screwdriver.
  • For big construction projects, the LGS frames can be assembled either in a workshop or on site.  This can be extremely useful on job sites that are difficult to reach and can dramatically reduce the time spent on site.
  •  LGS structures are also lighter than wood framed structures of equivalent strength. 
  • Their higher strength allows you to have greater spacing between members (Studs and Nogs) when compared to wood frame construction: about 600mm for LGS vs. about 400 or 500mm for wood. This means that it will be faster to assemble the steel structure with the fewer members.
  • LGS is also much lighter than brick structures thus allowing you to save in terms of the foundation required.
  • The best thing about LGS construction is that it can be easily changed at any time. This means that walls can be disassembled and moved to another location.  This cannot be done with brick or wood without damaging the actual wall.
  • Steel is recyclable, and can be used again for structural intent. In addition, steel produced for our uses includes considerable recycled content already.
  • Unlike wood, steel won’t twist during aging, which can erode structural integrity and cause problems during earthquakes. It also is non-combustible, thus won’t burn, maintaining integrity to much higher temperatures than wood.
  • Because steel is not organic, it can’t be consumed by termites, mold, or fungus.  LGS construction used galvanized steel, which does not absorb moisture or rust.  It also does not shrink or warp like wood.
  • Best of all LGS frames are made to your specifications (See FrameBuilder – MRD).  This means every profile is cut to size while all dimples, screw holes and service holes are in place.  This allows for you to have no limitations in the design, for a relatively low cost.
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