Why Do Commercial Buildings Use Steel Studs?

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Most commercial builders use steel studs. Steel studs are the rule and not the exception.

Metal is used in commercial buildings because it is fireproof. One rationale behind building a commercial structure with steel studs is that these structures are big and steel can cover greater spans compared to wood.

Top 6 factors why commercial contractors use steel studs:

1. Convenience

Steel is lighter than wood. This makes it easier to store and transport it from one place to another.

2. Easier to install

Installing steel frame is easier because the studs are lighter and weigh a third less compared to wood. Steel can be installed at twenty-four inches in the center.

3. Stability

Metal is not prone to warping and twisting like wood. It has been noted that wood can accumulate moisture which can lead to rot or mold growth while steel does not.

4. Strength

The ductility and strength of steel-stud framing with the holding power of CFS connections have been identified as making metal a perfect material for construction in seismic-prone and high-wind zones.

5. Fireproof

Metal does not catch fire easily like wood. This reduces fire loss in case of a fire outbreak in your commercial building.

6. Lower construction costs

Steel studs have lower construction costs. If you are building a very big structure with steel you will save a lot of money. If you are planning to build a commercial building for business purposes steel studs are likely the best bet.

As you can see, there are many advantages to using steel studs in commercial construction. And that is why steel studs are so mainstream.

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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