“Better be building in steel.”

That should be the slogan bellowed by anyone who oversees commercial building projects.

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In growing cities, scaffolding can become part of the architecture more than the buildings they are restoring or building. They are also an engineering feat within themselves. Steel beams interlaced to create a structure stable enough to support an army of workers swarming all over it like worker ants.

While we have been accustomed to seeing scaffolding of the steel variety dotted throughout our cities, their origins are far more ancient than most people know, and the materials are varied beyond the steel we see today.

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Australian weather conditions can be quite extreme, especially when it comes to summer time and the dry heat that can be the catalyst for large bushfires. It has become such a science that government and councils have outlined certain areas as ‘bushfire prone’.

What is it that classifies an area as ‘bushfire prone’?

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The most common problems faced by builders


Construction sites today are one of the most complex environments human beings encounter. From the multitude of trades on site, to the endless list of variables and extenuating circumstances that can affect the completion date. The successful completion of a construction project on time and on budget is something to behold. Of course, completing a project on time and on budget isn’t impossible, it just requires years of experience, a positive attitude, a group of experts, a watertight plan and the communication skills of an army to coordinate.

We are firm believers that success for our clients is success for Stronghold. That’s why we have put together a list of the most common problems faced by builders, and how best to solve them.

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Break the Mould with Steel Lintels


The building industry is quite a remarkable place. In the beginning, homes and buildings were all built by hand from materials that could be easily found from the surrounding environment: stone, timber, mud, thatch, etc... All of these buildings were obviously custom built, and mostly by the owner or those going to take up residence. As time goes on and the population increases, there is demand for more housing and quicker construction times. With the advancement of construction processes and technology, construction companies are able to build an entire home quickly.

While timber has been playing major part in residential construction, the implementation of structural steel has gone from being a ‘nice-to-have’ with a gradual up-take, to becoming one of the fastest growing construction materials in the last decade.

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Steel and Sustainable Housing


When it comes to home design and sustainable housing, steel is leading the charge as the material of choice. But what is it about steel that makes it the best choice for sustainable housing design?

One of the major reasons is that steel frames are lightweight, and have fantastic compressive strength. The advantage of this is that less material is required for construction, compared to heavier and denser materials. The magic behind their superior strength is down to their use of angles and corners in the design of the steel section.

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The Australian History of Steel in Residential Construction


Commonly found on residential building sites now, steel was not always part of the construction process. In fact, as you probably already know, the main material was steel’s arch nemesis, wood. Shocking, right?

Having said that, the use of steel in the building of residential homes is also not something that has just happened overnight. Not even in the last 30 years for that matter. Steel has been gradually rising in popularity since the end of World War Two.

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Lintels are load bearing beams that are found above the openings of windows and doors, and can be made from a variety of materials.

Traditionally, and depending on location, wood has been the main source of construction material for many centuries. Meaning lintels used during that time were also made from wood, and the load they had to bear was the same material. Because wood was plentiful it was a cost effective building material.

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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


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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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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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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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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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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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 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