When it comes to construction studs, it narrows down to only two options of either metal or wooden studs. In recent times, 40 percent of commercial structures are being built with metal studs, with nearly half a million homes being built with steel framing over the last decade. This statistic is from the Steel Framing Alliance. Most metal studs are made from sheet steel. Although they conduct cold, they still have their advantages over wood studs.
The Benefits of a Metal Stud Frame
Convenience: According to Thumb and Hammer, who writes extensively on the subject of wood vs metal, metal wins in convenience.
Versatility: They are used at almost every construction stage in processes such as; framing and floor joists and as roofing materials.
Time-saving: Metal studs are pre-engineered to specific designs during manufacturing, making them ready to erect during construction. This enables the completion of large projects during a short time. It also reduces human error.
Recyclable: Steel can be recycled. This helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfills. You also save on money that would have been paid to dispose of in landfills.
Ease of installation: Metal studs are easier to handle because they weigh a third less than wood and can be installed at 24 inches on centre. They also are attached with screws, so they can be taken apart and moved if need be.
Stability: Metal studs are straight, and they remain sturdy even after cutting and installation. Wood is prone to twisting and warping. Galvanization reduces the risk of corrosion as compared to untreated steel. They are also unaffected by moisture and therefore do not rot.
Strength and Durability: Steel studs are strong, lightweight, and made from quality material. They are easier to carry because they are hollow inside. This makes transportation and storage easier.
Predictable: You can always count on steel to arrive as ordered and perfectly straight. This is unlike wood, which can be warped, bent, or even broken, especially during packing and transportation.
Termite protection and Fire safety: Steel is not prone to termite attacks as compared to wood. In Hawaii, in 1998, over a third of all new homes were built with steel for protection against the Formosan termite. A wall built with metal studs is basically fireproof since steel framing does not contribute to combustible material needed to light a fire.
Economical for construction: Steel framing can cost three to 15 percent more than wood studs, but metal studs offer cost advantages in other areas that offset this price difference. The price of wood is prone to fluctuation, as opposed to the pricing of metal, which is more stable. Consistent quality that metal provides reduces its scrap material, which translates to reducing the disposal of discarded material. Maintenance fees, repairs, and replacements are minimal. Therefore, it’s economical for the home-owner.
Lower policy premiums from Insurance companies: Insurance companies often offer lower premiums on underwritten policies for metal buildings. This is because of their ability to withstand heavy snow, fires, seismic activities, and high winds.
No Dust: Cutting metal studs does not produce dust. This is both environmentally friendly and health-friendly.
Suitable for problem areas: They are impervious to moisture and therefore work well for bathrooms and water prone basements
Are you yet convinced that metal stud is your go-to technology for construction? The next step is to get your metal needs met. At Alkimos Building Services, we offer a variety of metal solutions, so reach out to us today.
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