Frame Logix used to source their framing from another supplier, but Managing Director, Gary Scott says it didn’t ultimately make good business sense.
“In the end, it became cost prohibitive and the time factor was a huge issue.
“The product was coming from Ballarat, a day’s drive from our factory. But by the time you order it, by the time they process it, by the time we get everything into our factory, we’re talking about a six-week lead-time.
“That’s not satisfactory for a lot of builders. Now we’re totally self sufficient, our turnaround is much faster and we’re significantly more price competitive. It was one of the best business decisions we’ve ever made.”
Gary believes that the building industry generally accepts that steel framing is a superior product. “We’ve always used steel framing in our homes and manufacturing our own steel frames is a natural progression.
“Engineering of steel frames gives us a big advantage over timber frames. In South Australia, every job is individually engineered prior to going into design. This gives the end user comfort with the knowledge that their home has been given individual attention by an engineer prior to manufacture.
“I see in the future, the quality of timber will gradually deteriorate over a period of time because of supply issues and also because of engineering issues with timber. That benefits steel framing because we have an engineered product that is consistent so we can keep producing steel framing without worrying about how it will perform in 30 years time.
“And of course, termites are a huge issue in Australia.”
Just about everywhere else in the world, steel framing is recognised for its many benefits. You can use low skilled workers to put it together and they can’t mess it up. It’s building by numbers – Meccano construction. Also, it’s ant and termite-proof.
The main challenge of this construction was the complexity of the veranda roof design with overhangs, different roof heights and the main roof structure which did not line up with the veranda roof.
The system is cost-effective, so budgets go further. Our clients can create more housing for the same money. And you do it in a much faster time, so you cut labour costs. You also save on delivery costs, because you can flat-pack a lot more steel trusses onto a truck. You’re scoring all the way.
It was the most practical solution to an urgent problem to get some facilities up and running as quickly and simply as possible. I sent the plans the next day and they immediately went ahead and built quite a number of these units in a very short space of time