What is SFS in Construction?

In construction, SFS stands for Steel Framing System.  

Steel framings systems are a type of external wall. They are constructed using a lightweight steel frame – hence the name. the steel frame creates the inner structure of the wall. Outer cladding is then added as well as internal linings and insulation.

The steel columns and beams are constructed in a framing pattern. This makes them extremely sturdy which makes this type of structure suitable for constructions with multiple floors.

Where are Steel Framing Systems Used?

Steel framing Systems (SFS) are being used more frequently in various different construction areas. they are a modern way to extend buildings in various sectors. Some types of buildings using SFS constructions are;

  • Warehouses
  • Apartments
  • Hotels
  • Retain units
  • Educational spaces
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Museums 

SFS are becoming a more popular choice because they can be erected quickly and are structurally sound, this makes them suitable for speedy constructions and modern buildings.

What are the Advantages of SFS in Construction?

Steel Framing Systems come with many benefits. Some of these are;

  • Economic – they are more cost effective than alternative construction options with the same level of strength.
  • Strength – SFS are dense, high strength structures making them suitable for a range of projects.
  • Flexible – because of the way they are constructed, SFS are more flexible than other construction alternatives.
  • Highly durable – all our systems are constructed with weather defence boards which make them highly durable and able to withstand the elements.
  • Quicker to install than alternative options – some of our constructions are completed in as little as 16 weeks.
  • Sustainable – being constructed of stainless steel which is a recyclable material makes SFS a more sustainable way to build. 
  • Fire rating available – fire ratings are a requirement for most buildings and are something we can provide when constructing SFS.

Different Steel Framing System Options

There are three main types of steel external wall systems, these are;

Infill walls; this is the most common type of SFS. Panels are constructed of individual elements which are cut to length ready to be installed when onsite. The panels fit between the steel frame floor and the ceiling/ underside of the floor above therefore “infilling” the external wall zones.  

Continuous walls; in this type of SFS, the panels extend to the ends of the structure and are referred to as over-sail panels. Using this type of construction maximising the amount of internal floor area.

Panelised systems; This type of system uses prefabricated components. They have insulation boards which are attached offsite. They are then craned into position to be fixed to the steel structure.

Steel Framing Systems from Tapper Interiors

At Tapper Interiors, we have worked on many SFS projects. Read about our most recent project for Culham Science Centre. This project was completed over 4 months and consisted of a three storey SFS extension.

Our highly experienced team of professionals are able to construct any of the above types of SFS steel framing systems for your project.

If you would like to discuss your options or have any questions on steel framing systems. Contact us today.