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OUR BRAND-NEW SPIDER CRANE

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Stronghold Fabrications has long sold ourselves as a one stop shop for steel fabrication requirements. That means we can do everything from quoting based off architectural and structural drawings through to delivery and installation.

As our business has grown we have listened to the needs of our customers, many of whom require additional equipment to install the structural steel that we supply them. This is why we have invested in a new state-of-the-art crane.

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STEEL VS WOOD: Strength, Resilience and Downright Awesome

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Since the early settlement days, wood has always been the go-to material used in the construction of houses. Even today, it is still a material widely used throughout the industry. When you drive past construction sites for new estates, you can see the frames on the horizon like an Elephant graveyard.

But there is a new trend shifting towards the use of steel frames (studs) for the building of homes, and there are many advantages to using steel over wood that may seem surprising to many people out there.

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Universal truths: Stuff you should know about Universal (H / I) Beams & Columns

 

Here at Stronghold we deal in steel, lots of it. From small orders in our shop all the way to the full structural support of commercial projects. For the most part, our focus is residential steel, supporting Australian homes. One of the key ingredients in a structural residential build are Universal Beams and Columns – otherwise known as the I-Beam /-Column or H-Beam /-Column because of it’s cross-section.


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Steel: It’s not that simple

We often have a laugh in the workshop about how simple many people think steel is. “It’s just steel right?” – Not quite! There are thousands of different grades, qualities and types of steel which are manipulated and applied to even more types of uses, products and buildings. At Stronghold, we focus on residential steel structures and commercial steel structures, but our team have had a go at just about every other type.

According to the World Steel Association, there are over 3,500 grades of steel currently known to man. These gradings cover a range of chemical, environmental and physical properties, each with a unique nature to differentiate it from the last.


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Why steel is the best for residential builds

Steel has been a favourite material of the construction industry ever since the first skyscrapers sprouted out of Chicago in the 1800s. The superior strength of carbon and iron combination has seen it married with concrete for structures that would be impossible otherwise. But the highest the majority residential builds tower in New South Wales is two-storeys, three on the odd occasion. So are the superior strength benefits of a steel build still needed? Well, if you ask a Sydney steel supply shop like us, of course we will say yes. Here’s why:

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Built for it: The Stronghold Factory

Stronghold has seen a couple of homes over the years, but none as fitting as our current Wetherill Park location. Our spacious, purpose-fitted workshop has been designed to maximise efficiency whilst allowing for adherence to our strict quality procedures and testing. 

We moved here in 2013, choosing the industrial warehouse for its proximity to the growing residential areas in the west of Sydney. It was also an opportunity to create the most efficient and cost effective layout and workflow for all our steel fabrication work, whether it’s a high tonnage project or a small one off miscellaneous item. It was kind of like Christmas… if Santa was a steel fabricator.

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WHY STEEL IS THE MODERN FRAMEWORK FOR SKYSCRAPERS

The term ‘skyscraper’ was first used in 1880s New York. It described the first ten to twenty storey buildings just starting to appear – a huge achievement, considering few properties could then be built beyond eight storeys without serious structural problems.

Then in 1855 a process was developed to strengthen and refine raw iron – known as ‘pig iron’ – and transform it into steel, forming the basis of multi-storey, contemporary high-rise buildings.

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3 CREATIVE USES OF STRUCTURAL STEEL IN BUILDING PROJECTS

Structural steel is not only super-strong and durable. It can be used in innovative ways, turning the everyday into something quite transformational.

Let’s take a look at three award-winning American building projects, each proving just how breathtaking structural steel can be – given the right architect, engineering and extremely smart application.

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5 MOST COMMON SAFETY HAZARDS WHEN WORKING WITH STEEL

Steel is one of the strongest metals on earth, and as such, handling it can be dangerous. Those who work in the steel industry know this better than anyone. Commercial and residential steel fabricators and erectors are exposed to numerous hazards, but by educating themselves of these dangers, they can be better protected from them.

Below are five of the most common safety hazards when working with steel. If you work in the steel industry, it would benefit you to know these hazards and some guidelines on how you can effectively protect yourself or your workers from them:

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STEEL CORROSION: BASIC FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Part 1: The Different Types of Corrosion

 

Rust. Whether you’re a builder or a building owner, a steel user or a steel supplier, this can be a major problem. Rust not only degrades the appearance of steel, it can also wear down the quality and consequently, durability of structural steel supplies and steel structures.

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5 ADVANTAGES OF USING STEEL IN BUILDING STRUCTURES

From skyscrapers and grand bridges to beautiful contemporary houses, steel is used in almost any type of structure. It has become a predominant material in the construction industry because it provides designers with the freedom to develop fresh structural solutions.

The distinctive qualities of steel products (e.g. structural beams, pipes, tread plates, flat bars and heavy angles), such as adaptability, beauty, cost-effectivity, durability and ductility, make this metal the material of choice for many home builders, engineers and architects.

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What our Customers say

“Frantom Building has been in the custom building market in Residential homes in NSW for 15 years. We have worked with Scott and his team from Stronghold Fabrications in all aspects with steel, from design, shop drawings, and delivery. Their attention to detail has been proven in the perfection of the finish in their products and servicing ability. We look forward to moving into the future with Stronghold Fabrications.”

Ed Poulton Director Frantom Building Pty Ltd

“Just wanted to thank you for another awesome job. The steel you supplied for our home at Lilli Pilli went together perfectly and the 3D model was a great tool for us to use both during the install and for planning the final finishes on the project. Keep up the great work!”

Dave, Nitro Stainless Pty Ltd

“Thank you for another successful and efficient project completed by your team. Consistently well produced steel products from Stronghold Fabrications have ensured installation always goes smoothly on our projects. Your installers ability to work in with our teams onsite to ensure any site issues do not cause delays is a refreshing change. Thank you.”

Nicholas Klapsogiannis, General Manager, VantageCorp Pty Ltd
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