Why you should consider building with Cold-Formed Steel Framing?
Many builders consider Cold-formed steel framing (CFS) a new construction product. However, steel has been used for over 100 years as a structural material. As the technology matures and new environmental and economic concerns emerge, the building industry has increased the use of steel in construction projects for its quality and high-performance records.
Nowadays, the use of Cold-Formed Steel Framing is highly recommended in commercial construction, offering cost-effective and high-quality structures with sustainability benefits. Unfortunately, many builders are not convinced about the advantages and suitability of Cold-formed steel framing, due to the limited knowledge and credibility of the material. Thus, trade contractors keep working with traditional materials and methods.
As a construction company, we increasingly specify CFS as the structural frame in our projects. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider building with Cold-formed Steel Framing as well.
1. Builder Benefits:
- One of the best characteristics of steel is that it does not shrink, swell, split or warp. Thus, steel-framed walls tend to remain straight. As a result, there are no drywall cracks or nail pops that can damage the structure once is completed.
- Steel members are lighter and more versatile compare to wood studs. Therefore, is easier to handle and install.
- Cod-formed Steel framing procedures are alike to those of wood. The dimensions of members are similar to the nominal size of lumber and the use of tools is quite similar. However, steel framing uses a different method of attachment, the most common are self-drilling screws, this type of fastener is more durable and stiffer than nails, furthermore, it can resist forces and weight more effectively.
- Steel is considered the material with the highest strength; you can find different thicknesses and strength levels that meet the structural requirement depending on your project. This allows the possibility to reduce the number of steel members; Steel Studs can be installed at 24” on center.
- Steel members are easy to cut and can be supplied to the lengths need it in your project, reducing material waste and on-site cutting.
- Integration of mechanical, electrical and plumbing in steel framing is the most loved characteristic for the different trades. Steel members provide a pathway (holes), where wires and piping pass through and Electrical outlet boxes are fastened to the steel easily, reducing work and time for the trades involved.
2. Owner benefits
- The most significant benefit of steel its durability. It is highly resistant to fungus, water damage, termite and insect infestation, which in long term will reduce maintenance cost.
- The strength and ductility make cold-formed steel framing a good material in seismic and high wind zones.
- Steel is a non-combustible material.
- Steel members are galvanized, providing a barrier between the steel and the atmosphere protecting it from corrosion.
3. Environmental Benefits
- Steel can be recycled and re-use.
- Steel promote sustainable practices. It reduces onsite waste, steel framing are erected quickly reducing cost on labour and less pollution from heavy machinery and on-site fabrication activities.