Can Steel Stud Framing Be Used on Small, Single Home Projects?
Yes! In recent years, a number of builders have been turning to steel stud framing as the stud material of choice for small, single home projects, because of its many benefits.
Although for years, residential homes and buildings have been constructed using wood studs, and metal has been the choice for industrial and commercial buildings, recently steel stud framing has seen its use in smaller residential projects explode. There are a number of benefits to choosing steel studs.
Strength and Durability
First and foremost steel is strong and durable. It does not rot, does not shrink or swell, and is fire resistant. The strength of steel studs also allow it to be used to span large distances, which provides a number of engineering and design advantages over traditional wood studs.
Because steel studs are manufacturer, they will be of consistent quality. This means each piece will have the same properties, same dimensions, be manufactured to a specific length, and free from twists, bends and warping. There is also less waste compared to wood.
The consistency and pre-fabrication of steel studs also helps contribute to building speed for framing a small home project. Contractors are able to get the studs in a variety of standard sizes, meaning less time is spent cutting and measuring compared to working with wood. Steel framing also has holes already in place for running pipe and electrical wiring through, again reducing the amount of time required for finishing a project.
Steel is also a green product, as once it has lived its life it can easily be recycled and reused. There is a reason why steel framing has been used in commercial buildings for decades, and getting these benefits for your small, single home project just makes sense.