Protect your Home in High RIsk bushfire & flood areas by building with Steel.

16 October 2020

Bush Fires are natural phenomenon caused by several factors but are often wind-driven.  The deadliest ones often happen overnight.  And just like any disaster, you can never really tell when it’s going to strike.  The best you can do is be prepared, to protect your family and your property to the best of your ability.

The various ways of fire-proofing steel building are now only too common in the NSW area. But just to clarify – and probably to reiterate – fire-proof steel buildings are not the same as burn-proof steel buildings.  Fire-proofing only means increasing your chances against severe heat and flames.  By fire-proofing, you are already buying time in case you and your loved ones need to get to safe ground.

The tip to remember when fire-proofing steel buildings is: know your building’s weaknesses.  Weakest links are the areas or parts of your building that are potential fire hazards, such as a kitchen or pantry, for example.

Steel can naturally withstand heat and fire but only up to a certain extent.  Now, the easiest proven way to work around this is to apply intumescent paint on steel buildings.  This special type of coat not only retards fire, it actually also helps put out fire.  Intumescent paint can be used practically all over your steel building, but more importantly on the steel frames and the supports to amplify the building’s structural integrity.  When in doubt, you can always consult your trusted supplier to find out ways to fire-proof to your heart’s content.

But we recommend building with Steel as the safest way to protect you home against fire.

Some homeowners are reluctant to start rebuilding their homes since the rules on how high they would need to rebuild their homes keep changing. 

Prefabricated steel buildings are highly durable structures and can be designed specifically for bush fire and flood prone areas. Steel buildings are made from high quality steel and engineered using computerized design technologies to ensure structural integrity.

Today’s steel buildings are so versatile that they are now considered viable options for residential construction. Steel is compatible with a large number of construction materials allowing these metal structures to be indistinguishable with traditional construction with interior and exterior finishes such as siding, stone, brick, wood, and glass.

Steel buildings that are designed for bush fire and flood resistance have continuous steel framing so that they are better able to survive loss of wall panels and footings. To conform to new building codes, steel buildings may be built with the lower floor level suspended on legs. During floods or storm surges, the rushing water would go under and around the building and not push the walls.

In addition to the steel main frame designed to resist substantial loads, all the elements – frame, columns, joists, purlins – are all bolted together perfectly and continuously for greater strength and durability. The flooring is made from concrete poured into steel decking to ensure durability and prevent it from being dislodged by the rushing waters or severe flames. Which also means less chance of the need to restump the house after a fire. 

house on fire

 With flood-resistant and bush fire steel buildings, there is a better chance of survival when disaster strikes.