Metal stud framing refers to the construction of walls and planes using cold-formed steel components. There are two main components of metal stud framing, a stud and a track. We use heavier gauge metal studs for load bearing walls and structural applications, such as exterior walls. For non-loading bearing applications, such as interior walls, half-walls or partitions, we are able to use a lighter gauge metal stud.
There are many benefits of metal stud framing, such as:
- Will not burn, corrode, shrink, warp, twist or bow.
- Does not support insects/termites, mold or mildew growth.
- Reduces waste and time by ordering to exact lengths.
- Versatile and dimensionally stable.
- Pre-punched holes offer easy installation for plumbing or electrical rough-ins.
- Environmentally friendly, made of recycled steel, which reduces the impact on our forests and landfill space. 100% recyclable at the end of its lifespan.
- Lightning resistance – it provides multiple conductive paths directly to the ground.
- Energy efficient. The connections between high-quality, prefabricated steel parts are so exact that with the addition of adequate insulation, they are airtight and comfortable, ensuring the building has a completely sealed envelope.
- Aesthetically appealing. Architects praise the natural beauty of steel and expose it in the design.
- Innovations addressing issues such as long-span deck systems, fire protection, connection optimization, coating systems, and progressive collapse.
- Reduce construction costs by:
- Warranty call-backs are minimized because steel does not shrink, split or warp, therefore there are no nail pops or drywall cracks
- Scrap is drastically reduced by ordering studs at specific lengths, which lowers costs by decreasing hauling and disposal of discarded materials.
- Long-term maintenance costs are reduced.
- Decreased shipping costs of materials due to a lighter weight than wood.
- Decreased labor costs to build with steel by eliminating the need for measuring and cutting on site every stud. This also takes the element of human error out of the equation, reducing the amount of time spent assembling something only to find out it needs to be re-measured, cut and installed again.
- Speeds up construction time due to steel parts are pre-engineered to a specific design and are shipped out ready to be erected.
- Longer lengths of steel studs are more cost-effective than longer wood studs.