STEEL FRAMING (COLD-FORMED):
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There are many cold-formed steel resources available for design professionals. Our blog points to available sources in the building industry for design professionals as well as some things to consider when you begin your next project with cold-formed steel framing, particularly structural application.
FLH is going to recommend this method and techniques for the maximum 5 stories commercial building.
Cold-formed steel has been used for decades in industries including automotive, workplace furniture, heavy civil engineering, and infrastructure. In the building industry, cold-formed steel has taken on a certain identity crisis. From nomenclature, equivalent thicknesses, and member designation, the development of these codes and standards has been led by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), among others. Some of the advantages of Cold-Formed Steel include a tremendous strength to weight ratio and dimensional stability, not to mention the high accuracy of sizing when fabricating various members and accessories.
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If you ever asked these questions, this guide is for you!
This kind of framing is durable, reliable and cost-effective option for low-rise and mid-rise building projects. Cold-Formed steel refers to a manufacturing process where metallic-coated sheet steel is roll-formed into products such as: Studs, Joists, Tracks, Headers, Angles, Truss members and etc.
There are two main components of metal stud framing: Stud and Track.
Heavier gauge of metal studs are used in load-bearing walls a structural applications such as exterior walls.
Steel joists are ideal for areas like basement ant attic that are subject to environmental conditions that would otherwise increase wear on wood counterparts.
Steel is not at risk for mold growth from continued exposure to moisture, similar to conditions that might be found in basement.
Cost-effective: While never as cheap as wood, steel studs are now about 30% (approximately) more expensive than wood studs.
Light weight: In addition to decreasing the labor required to build with steel, steel are lighter to carry and store than wood because they are hollow and the steel reduces the costs of shipping.
As another advantages of steel framing: 1)Faster construction, 2) Will not rot, split, warp and shrink; 3) Will not become termite food; 4) Produces less on-site waste than wood framing (making debris/junk removal less costly).
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