Steel House Frames Vs. Wood House Frames
Wood remains the most popular option for building houses, but steel frames are also worth considering.
Steel-framed houses have been around for a long time, but their slightly higher cost keeps most people from using them. Steel and timber can both make strong houses, and both meet national guidelines.
So what is the difference? What are the reasons for considering building a house with a steel frame?
- They’re safer.
A steel framed house is much more resistant to weather extremes than wood framing. Steel framing is particularly important for Australian buildings because they’re often in danger of bushfires. Steel is much less likely to be damaged by fire, and can combined with stone work to create a fire-resistant home.
Central Steel Build only builds frames. Our clients often hire third parties to install things like stone facades.
- Freedom of design.
Steel is known for its strength and adaptability. If you want to design a home that’s unique and interesting, steel is your best option. It can span larger distances and can be fabricated into unique shapes and curves that aren’t possible with wood.
- Faster construction.
Steel home house frames can be put together much faster than wood frames, saving you the time and costs involved with installation.
- Steel frames are recyclable.
Steel frames are much better for the environment. They can be recycled if your house is ever removed or changed and they aren’t sourced from forests like timber is.
- Termite resistance.
Termites won’t be able to damage the structural integrity of your home. Although steel framed houses aren’t entirely termite-proof (wood details can still be damaged), it’s highly unlikely that any significant costs will be spent repairing termite damage.
To find out more about out steel-framed buildings, download a DesinaBuild brochure at the top of our website.
Horse Hair Whorls Actually Do Indicate Personality
You might have heard of the idea before; that hair whorls on horses indicate certain personalities. It’s an idea that dates back as far as equine domestication itself does. Swirlology, Whorlology or Whorl Theory all suggest that you can gain insight into the kind of horse you’re looking at based on the patterns in their hair.
Is it even worth considering?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that suggests whorls are significant – if you speak to people who take note of whorls, they’re likely to say they do matter. But his could be tradition or bias; people who talk about whorls are just more likely to think they’re significant.
Is there a biological basis for the idea?
Yes, there is. It isn’t very clearly understood, but the embryonic tissue that ends up becoming facial skin (and therefore changes whorl patterns) is the same tissue that ends up in the brain. So it isn’t inconceivable that the two things could be correlated.
Is there scientific evidence for whorl theory?
Proper evidence eventually came about when researchers observed 1,500 cattle being moved from fields. As one observer recorded the position of their facial whorls, another recorded their behaviour and ranked levels of aggression or agitation.
They found that whorl positioning did have an effect on the behaviour of the cattle; if the whorl was above the eyes, the cow was more likely to become agitated. They also found different correlations between hair patterns and certain behaviours in guinea pigs, rats, foxes and humans.
The same pattern found in cows was found in horses; whorls that were above the eyes of the horse meant the horse was easier to agitate and harder to work with.
The researchers stressed that, although they had found significant results, they couldn’t predict detailed aspects of horse personality. Instead, high whorl positions indicated that a horse was more likely to be frightened and could therefore be more difficult to work with. They stressed the importance of using this information when training. Horses with high whorls should never be reprimanded for being difficult, because it’s often an indication that they are uncomfortable.
The positioning of a whorl does not define a horse’s personality. It is one influence amongst many, many others and can often be drowned-out. Think of it as a single voice in a symphony; although it makes a difference, it’s usually difficult to see the effect it’s having.
To see out horse arenas, download our brochure.