Is Steel Stud Framing Faster?

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The answer to the question in the title is, yes, steel stud framing is probably faster. There is always a debate over steel versus wood studs in construction. They both have some advantages and disadvantages, but steel stud framing has more advantages and is faster.

Why is it faster?

Steel stud framing is faster for some reasons that may not be obvious. First, steel studs are lighter than comparable wood studs. A steel stud is lighter compared to a wood stud designed to support an equivalent amount of weight.

Since the steel stud is lighter it will be faster and easier for workers to move around, and for the materials to be loaded, unloaded, and transported. That, alone, speeds up the project.

Steel studs are more predictable.

Steel studs are a man-made material. As such, every stud is exactly like every other stud. There is no warping or problems any individual stud. No time is needed to study each individual stud like is required with wood studs. Wood is not perfect because it is a natural material.

Scrap

Using steel studs produces less scrap. That means your business will spend less time and money managing and disposing of the scrap leftover.

There are many other benefits to using steel studs including that it is more fire resistant and more pest resistant than wood. But one of the important benefits is that your project will move faster if you use steel.

Turner Bros Contractors Ltd. has been providing steel-stud framing, drywall, and acoustic ceiling services for residential and commercial applications in the Vancouver area since 1932. The company is family-run with four generations of the family represented in the business.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your residential or commercial project, please call us at (604) 532-1991 or email us at info@turnerbros.ca.


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