Safeway Steel Frames

How Steel Frames Stand Up to Winter

When you’re beginning a new construction project, you may not think about how cold weather can impact the building. While it rarely gets cold enough for the temperature to have a major impact on a building, it’s important to keep Melbourne’s varying weather conditions in mind when choosing a material. There’s no better material that stands up to winter than steel. Here’s how a steel framing system can withstand even the harshest winters and why you should consider steel for your next project.


Steel is the most durable building material out there and can easily withstand both hot and cold temperatures. Extreme temperatures won’t cause our steel to warp, bend, or weaken like low-quality steel or other building materials. One of the biggest safety concerns for building is when materials can’t handle extreme heat or cold. We can’t control the weather, but we can control what materials we use when constructing buildings.

We use TrueCore steel in ALL of our builds, meaning it’s protected from corrosion. The winter months are often harsher on buildings than the rest of the year, so you’ll want to make sure your building is protected. Without this state of the art coating, steel is more susceptible to colder temperatures and harsher weather.

Resistant to Fire

As the temperatures continue to drop, it’s natural to warm your buildings with internal heating systems. The more you use your heating systems, the higher the chance that a fire could happen. Safety is a big concern in large commercial construction projects, and choosing steel is a great way to minimise risk. Steel is naturally fire resistant and greatly reduces the amount of flammable material in your home or commercial building.

TrueCore is also non-combustible, which is a major asset if a fire does ever happen. The frame of your building will help maintain the fire, not spread it. You’ll rest easy knowing that if something does happen this winter from using your heating systems, your steel frame building helps reduce everyone’s risk.

Using Steel in Homes

If you’re interested in building a new home, steel is a fantastic material to use for your frame. Safety, dependability, and cost are all top reasons to choose steel as your frame material. You want to keep your family safe, and choosing steel is choosing safety. With steel being resistant to both fire and mould, you’re making sure your family isn’t at risk this winter.

One of the biggest issues in colder temperatures is water damage. Other framing materials such as wood absorb water, which cannot only rot the wood, but can freeze in cold enough temperatures. That freezing can cause the wood to expand and crack, which compromises your home’s structural safety. By choosing steel, you no longer have to worry about your home’s structural integrity being compromised.

You can also save on maintenance costs for your home over time. With materials that are susceptible to pests and weather, you have to schedule regular maintenance and upkeep services to make sure your home is still safe. With steel, you don’t have to worry about any of that. You don’t need to schedule termite inspections and you don’t have to regularly check if your framing system has been compromised by water or harsh weather.

Choose Safeway

No matter what your project, the steel experts at Safeway Steel Frames can help you every step of the way. Whether it’s a residential build or a large commercial site, there’s no project too big or too small for the Safeway team. Fill out our contact form for a no-obligation quote today.