Metal Stud Services
Metal studs, among other materials, are becoming increasingly more visible in the residential building industry. Studs – the vertical wall framing units – are not the only things in which steel is used. Floor joist, ceiling joist, roof rafters and even complete roof framing systems called “roof trusses” are framing components that are also being fabricated from steel. Low cost framing for interior finishes of masonry walls, for non load bearing partitions, ceilings, and column fireproofing, and an alternative for all wood framing applications.
There are many advantages that steel offers that can’t be achieved with traditional wood framing material. By their very nature, metal studs are impervious to fire, termites, rot, splitting, and any other number of hazards which can befall lumber. Not only that, but steel studs can be cheaper than wood and are lighter to carry (steel studs are hollow inside). Easy to correct errors, Installed a metal stud out of place? No problem. It’s easily moved to the correct position.
Some of the straightest walls are framed using steel studs. This primarily is due to the fact that all steel studs of the same dimension are exact carbon copies of one another. Moisture has no bearing on the size of the material. And because steel in inorganic, it is not subject to the rot that wood is. However, when it comes to water, one potential downfall of steel is rust. Steel industry experts contend, however, that “certified steel” is galvanized (coated with zinc) and, thus, resists rust. Don’t expect to find a single nail in metal framing. Metal studs are fastened to a “C” channel or “track” at the top and bottom using self-tapping construction screws. Thus, a hammer has no value, but an electric screw gun can make easy work of such a task.