Commercial Metal Stud Framing
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In commercial construction, we typically build our interior walls with metal studs. Whereas for residential projects, Home Check Plus, usually uses wood stud framing. Metal studs can be used in residential, however, most homes likely have a wood structure, so it is best and easiest to stay consistent and continue with wood. For commercial projects, the main reason we use metal studs is that metal is fireproof. While metal studs do not provide a purely nonflammable environment, they do reduce the amount of flammable material. Continue reading to learn more reasons why we use metal stud framing.
Don’t Warp or Rot
Metal studs are straight and will remain straight and sturdy. They don’t warp or experience wear and tear over time. Nor are they affected by moisture or humidity.
Compared to wood, steel studs are lighter in weight, so easier to carry and store because they are hollow on the inside.
Fire & Insect Proof
As previously mentioned, metal studs are impervious to fire as well as termites and ants.
The price of metal studs can be similar to wood. However, the price of wood is prone to fluctuation, whereas the price of metal is fairly stable.
Steels studs are available in custom sizes, so there is about 2% waste versus around 20% with wood. Also, the metal scrap material is recyclable.
Ease of Installation
Generally speaking, metal studs are easier to work with and handle; especially since they weigh less than wood. Metal studs are attached with screws, so they can be taken apart, changed or moved if need be. Metal studs also come with holes for electrical wiring; making the electrical aspect of a project easier.
Cutting metal studs doesn’t create a dusty mess.
As you can see, there are many benefits of metal stud framing and why it is commonly used in commercial construction. For every project, commercial and residential, we consider the factors and select materials we feel are best suited for the project.
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