The higher cost of metal studs versus wood studs was a major factor in material use in the past. That gap in these costs have closed considerably. As many contractors become familiar with the use of metal studs and especially panelization, they are reluctant to return to the use of lumber framing.
Framing with metal studs provides a wide array of advantages over wood framing materials. First and foremost for commercial buildings is the fact that metal studs are non-combustible. Metal studs do not twist, crack, warp, shrink, or rot as wood can. More-over, metal studs do not promote the growth of mould and are not affected by termites and are impermeable to other insects and rodents.
Having your construction project's framing panelized - in a quality controlled environment - gives the you peace-of-mind in knowing that the framing has been completed in superior workman-like manner. The panels are constructed square and true with all materials and fasteners positioned as engineered. Even the sub-sheathing can be installed in the metal stud panels prior to erection. All load bearing walls (and interior partition walls as well if desired) are pre-built in panels ready for shipment and erection of site. Panelized metal stud systems can speed the on-site construction process considerably. Metal roof trusses can be pre-fabricated as well. All of this work can be completed while the civil work (excavation, footings and foundations) is being done on the building site. The metal building framework can then be quickly set into place minimizing the on-site erection time. Imagine your new home coming as a Residential Metal Building Package!
Other Features and Benefits
Steel is 100% recyclable.
There is about 67% of recycled steel in metal framing materials.
Metal stud panelized construction reduces land-fill use and cost by as much as 18 - 20% when compared to wood framing.
In many cases, metal stud framed buildings have reduced insurance
With so many advantages, it's no wonder that the major chain and franchise restaurant market is turning to panelized metal stud framing for their restaurant buildings.
What to Do Next
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