BlueScope Steel battles termites with TRUECORE® steel
Structural damage as a result of termite activity is a common threat to properties across Australia, particularly in rural and urban fringes. In conjunction with its capabilities for advanced home design, a frame made from steel offers a strong and durable framework in termite prone areas.
Termites wreak havoc to homes every year as they quietly munch away at wood, wallpaper and other materials, including carpet backing. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not covered by most homeowners' insurance policies. Signs of termite damage can lurk beneath surfaces undetected and is made worse by conditions which attract termites, such as firewood stacked next to the property or grading that directs water toward a house instead of draining it away.
Clayton Whitely, a pest inspector with over 25 years experience in detecting termites in Australian homes, says that termite damage to homes across the country is a serious concern for homeowners:
"They love to eat wood; it's as simple as that. And they will eat it all - the handles off garden implements, rakes, flooring, and roof trusses - and turn them into shredded wheat. This year the cellulose-chomping critters began their destruction even earlier than normal, thanks to the combination of an unseasonably wet summer and warm weather.
"As it is one of the first parts of a house to be built and it's a core building element, a house frame really does need to be strong and durable whatever the environment it has been built in and has to be protected from termite damage. A house frame made from TRUECORE® steel is a great option as it is 100% termite proof."
Clayton, who has the fascinating talent of being able to hear termites boring right though barriers and timber frames, has witnessed firsthand the destruction termites can cause to people's homes and is passionate about helping people understand the danger they represent.
Made in Australia to Australian standards, a frame made from TRUECORE® steel is 100 per cent termite proof with no need to apply chemical treatments, so builders and homeowners can rest assured that the structural integrity of the home will not be affected or damaged. Frames made from TRUECORE® steel are easily recognised by the blue tint and are branded with ‘TRUECORE® steel made by BlueScope Steel AS1397l' on the steel surface.
While also ensuring that the termite problem won't return, steel roof frames made from TRUECORE® steel remain straight and true so they won't warp, twist, sag or shrink over time. Homeowners can have the security that comes with having a property that uses TRUECORE® steel, as it is manufactured by BlueScope Steel and tested in Australia for Australian conditions.
Lisa Dent, Residential Market Manager at BlueScope Steel says: "Most major Australian insurance companies do not cover termite damage to your home so there is peace of mind in knowing that TRUECORE® steel is 100% termite proof. BlueScope Steel has a long history of testing and developing steel framing products that are durable in termite prone areas. Steel is a natural material of choice in framing as it is strong, durable, non-combustible and will not twist or warp in extreme heat."
Since its introduction to the market almost 50 years ago, steel framing has increased in distribution and demand and is now widely used as an alternative to the more traditional timber frames. Many of Australia's largest and most successful builders, manufacturers and building solutions companies now supply steel framing as standard as it is widely available and made in Australia to Australian standards.