5 Common Steel Frame Myths You Should Stop Believing

Steel frame is an increasingly popular construction technique due to its many advantages, such as durability, efficiency and sustainability. However, there are often myths and misunderstandings surrounding this innovative construction technique.

In this article, we debunk five of the most common myths about Steel Frame.

Discover the reality behind these erroneous claims and understand why Steel Frame is a safe, reliable and versatile option for home construction.

1. “The industrialised Steel Frame construction system is less resistant than traditional construction”..

Contrary to popular belief, the steel frame is highly resistant. The steel structure used in the steel frame has an excellent capacity to withstand loads, including seismic forces and high winds.

In addition, building regulations ensure that the necessary safety and strength standards are met. The steel frame has proven its durability in numerous projects around the world, withstanding the tests of time and adverse weather conditions.

2. “Steel Frame is prone to corrosion”.

Although steel can corrode in certain circumstances, measures are taken to prevent this in the steel frame. Protective coatings and treatments are used on steel structures, such as galvanisation and specialised painting, to ensure corrosion resistance.

In addition, proper design and regular maintenance help prevent corrosion problems, maintaining its integrity and appearance for decades.

3. “Steel Frame is flammable and not fire safe”.

The Steel Frame is designed with additional fire protection features such as fire resistant cladding and insulation systems. These measures ensure that the steel frame meets the fire safety standards set by building codes.

In addition, compared to other building materials, steel has a lower fire spread and emission of toxic gases.

Stalart also has a fire warranty certificate.

4. “Steel Frame is more expensive than traditional construction”.

Although steel frame may have a slightly higher initial cost than traditional construction, it is important to consider the big picture. Steel frame offers efficiencies in terms of faster construction time and less need for long-term maintenance. It is a lightweight material, which reduces foundation and transportation costs. In the long term, steel is durable and strong, which means lower repair and replacement costs. In addition, steel frame is highly energy efficient, which can result in significant savings in energy costs over the life of the building.

Overall, when all these factors are considered, steel frame is a cost-effective and economical option compared to traditional construction.

5. “Steel Frame limits design and customisation options”.

This is one of the most unfounded myths. The steel frame offers a wide range of design and customisation possibilities. The steel frame allows the creation of open and flexible spaces, which gives the freedom to adapt the interior design according to individual needs and preferences.

In addition, steel frame can be combined with other materials, such as glass and wood, to achieve a variety of architectural styles. From modern and minimalist houses to traditional styles, steel frame adapts to different styles and design visions.



By understanding the reality behind the common myths, one can appreciate the versatility, strength and efficiency of steel frame as a reliable option for housing construction.

By putting aside the myths and knowing the facts, it is possible to make informed decisions and consider steel frame as a safe and attractive alternative in the construction sector.

House in Los Olivos. Balzar Architects and STALART

Casa en los Olivos, a living testimony to excellence in industrialised steel frame construction, harmoniously blends the environment, the client’s needs and avant-garde architecture. The Barcelona owners have forged a deep bond with the picturesque Mediterranean village of Quesa in the province of Valencia, where they spent unforgettable summers during their childhood.

Located on the outskirts of the city centre, this plot stands as the last urban olive grove that unites the built with the rural, an exceptional opportunity to develop a revolutionary project in industrialised steel frame construction. For this, Balzar Architects have relied on the experience of the leading company in the steel frame sector, STALART.

This magnificent single-storey dwelling blends perfectly into its surroundings thanks to the architectural resources that rely on the steel frame structure. Firstly, three courtyards that open up to the sky and the olive trees, providing an intimate visual connection and offering privacy to its occupants. Secondly, a wide porch, characteristic of Mediterranean culture and warm climates, shelters from the heat of the west and creates a fluid link between indoors and outdoors. Thirdly, an extensive longitudinal platform with a spectacular swimming pool that extends towards the olive grove, offering breathtaking views of the sunsets. Finally, generous windows connect the entrances, gardens and patios with all the interior spaces of the home.

The Casa Olivos project stands out for its exceptional integration between the interior and exterior, highlighting the beauty of the olive grove, the main element that takes centre stage thanks to the steel frame construction. Each room offers a unique experience of connection with the environment. The daytime spaces and the entrance are directly connected to the porch and terrace through imposing motorised glass.

The aquatic element takes on a prominent role at Casa Olivos. The outdoor swimming pool, with its semicircular shape and partially covered by an elegant dome, is perfectly integrated into the olive grove, which becomes the lush garden of the house.

The materials, colours and textures used in Casa Olivos are another distinctive element of the project. Terracotta tones predominate on the floors and façades, achieving a perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. Exquisite marbles, such as Iranian travertine, together with galvanised steel elements and olive green carpentry, contrast and fill the spaces with a unique atmosphere in harmony.

Source text and photos: archdaily.com