Steel Stud Framing
Steel studs, cold formed from galvanized sheets of steel, make a durable and reliable building material for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects alike.
The studs can be used structurally and non-structurally to construct both exterior and partition walls. The framing begins with the installation of a horizontal track to define the outline of the room.
Vertical studs are then arranged evenly in the track and fastened at the top and bottom. Steel framing can provide excellent thermal and acoustic properties.
Additionally, the high strength-to-weight ratio of steel, which allows it to span over long distances, offers excellent flexibility in design and also makes it resistant to wind and earthquake loads.
RGZ Cambridge takes charge of all aspects of the steel stud framing installation, from start to finish.
Steel Stud Framing: What is it?
As a general rule, steel framing refers to the use of steel columns, beams and joists to support a structure. The actual framing material, however, can vary based on the project.
Steel beams, columns and joists can be made from a variety of grades, including carbon steel, high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel, structural steel, alloy steel, galvanized steel and stainless steel. While each type of steel has different characteristics, HSLA, structural and alloy steels are the most common choices for residential projects due to their strength, durability and corrosion resistance.
Steel framing is often used in combination with other materials, such as concrete, wood or masonry. Steel framing can be used in both load-bearing walls and as a shear wall to resist lateral loads. When using steel framing for a load-bearing wall, the steel acts as both the framing member and the wall finish.
For a shear wall, the steel framing is sandwiched between the wall finish (outside sheathing or siding) and the sill plate or other interior wall bearing.
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