Steel frame deck

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Steel Framing - A Solid Choice

So, you’re designing your brand-new outdoor living space with stylish and low-maintenance decking. Yet even the most premium deck will only last as long as the frame below it. Decking is traditionally framed with pressure treated lumber, which is not the most durable material – over time the elements will compromise its structural integrity and beauty. A steel framing deck structure is a much better alternative for several reasons:

  1. Greater longevity

Steel lasts longer than the standard pressure treated lumber frame. Even though the wood has been protected with chemicals, it is still susceptible to moisture and insect damage. This is genuinely dangerous, especially for elevated decks and in commercial premises with lots of footfall. In comparison a steel frame will not rot, decay, warp or shrink, is resistant to insects, and performs well in poorly ventilated spaces. Wood framing typically lasts for just 10 years, whereas a deck on a steel framing system will be structurally sound for decades!

  1. Fire safety

Steel is also the safer option as it is non-combustible. If you have an accident with a barbecue, candle or heat lamp, it won’t be such a disaster.

  1. Better design opportunities

This material gives you much greater flexibility in deck design. Steel is malleable and can be bent to suit any concept. As the beams are stronger and more lightweight than wood, they are engineered to span greater distances between vertical supports, maximising the space underneath the elevated decking.

  1. More attractive shape

A neater shape is possible with a steel deck. Steel beams offer a clean, modern look which stands the test of time, and every beam is fabricated by a machine which ensures that there are no inconsistencies in shape.

  1. Better for the environment

Structural steel decking is the more environmentally friendly option! Not only is pressure treated lumber made from valuable felled trees, but it is packed full of chemicals. On the other hand, steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials and can easily be melted down and recycled.

  1. Minimal maintenance required

Just as wood decking is much higher maintenance than composite or PVC, a lumber frame requires frequent sanding, staining, painting and sealing… Steel requires very little upkeep.

  1. Suitable for any project

Steel framing is compatible with any type of decking! Whether you’re looking for an Ipe wood, PVC or composite deck frame, steel is the way forward.

Custom steel buildings

As we’ve mentioned, framing a deck with steel is ideal for custom designs. There are many advantages to building a custom deck:

  • It will be a stylish outdoor space which is unique in comparison to your neighbours’ and friends’ decks. 

  • Custom decks add value to your house, not only because of their aesthetic but because they extend your living space into the great outdoors!

  • You can tailor every aspect of the deck to your wishes – the boards, railings, shape, frame and more!

  • A custom deck can have many functions – an outdoor kitchen, workspace, or sports area.

One way to bring your custom deck to life is to add a curved shape, although this is difficult to make with a pressure treated wood frame and will add a lot of time and money to your deck project. Starting with steel deck framing is certainly your best bet for adding curves or other shapes to custom deck builds.

Framing contractor in Toronto

If you want to find metal deck framing, then Delta Decks is the right choice of contractor for you. We have unmatched experience in the Toronto deck building industry and our team of engineers, designers, carpenters and architects specialises in low-maintenance decking. Since our foundation in 2005, we have completed many steel frame deck projects and have all the necessary resources for designing and building your outdoor living space – whether a standard deck or a complex custom build. Visit our Delta Decks showroom to see the different products we offer, and get in touch with us today for a free quote!

Jarred Price, Toronto
I appreciate the great service and also the highly affordable fee. I am thankful for their assistance.
Alexis, Toronto
The builders were talented and patient enough to accomplish the intricate design that we had planned for our deck. They used only the best materials, but they did stay within our budget.
Tee, Burlington

Burlington. Needed my front and rear decks replaced. Nicky Crone of Delta Decks West was my sole contact and builder. She was very professional and responsive. She clearly knew her stuff and added some great ideas rather than pushing expensive alternatives like some other companies i engaged. Very responsive to both email and phone, delivered on dates and quality. Certainly took pride in providing solutions to a few issues discovered while demo'ing. Workmanship was top notch, happily fixed one item that was not ideal in the build. Slightly higher quote than others but you can buy with confidence. Very happy.

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