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Light Gauge Steel
Steel has been used for building and construction for over a hundred years. Light gauge steel is the most cost-effective and efficient material for small buildings, so we use it in our tiny homes. This strong, lightweight building material also offers a high-quality, green alternative to wood framing, which reduces our waste and energy consumption.
HOW IT'S MADE
Light gauge steel is made by guiding long, thin sheets of steel through rollers, which bend them into “Z” or “C” shapes, a process called cold forming. These unusual shapes allow the steel to support heavy loads, which make them perfect for construction. These supports are then coated with aluminum, zinc, or a combination of both to protect against rusting.
Once delivered to the jobsite, light gauge steel is then used to form the framing for the walls of your tiny home. The long size of this material minimizes the need for sizing and cutting. With the steel’s light weight, each piece can be carried by hand and quickly fastened to the frame. This drastically reduces building time and material waste, creating a strong and green home for your enjoyment.
Features & Benefits
With the use of this material, made of at least
25% recycled steel, we eliminate our need for wood framing, reducing our use of wood and the demand for timber.
Light gauge steel is stronger than timber, which reduces the number of reinforcing studs needed to build our tiny homes without compromising building strength. With fewer studs needed, we lessen the time needed for construction.
Along with strength, steel is flexible, which works to protect you and your family during earthquakes and storms with strong winds.
Light gauge steel framework is easier to modify. If you decide to renovate or change your home later, it will require less time and effort.