For framing homes, a majority of home builders use wood as opposed to steel.
However, in many situations wood is actually an inferior product to steel. Knowing which to use for your own project is a personal decision based on the strengths and weaknesses of each individual material.
Simply because metal is stronger than wood, steel wins every time when compared point-by-point with the strength of wood. Wood warps, twists, expands and contracts in the warm, humid months of the year, or in the presence of heavy rainfall and humidity. However, steel always remains straight, stable and strong. Steel studs also weigh less than traditional wood studs. Their strength-to-mass ratio is far greater than that of wood. Steel is also impervious to fire, making it a safer and more durable material for homes.
Metal is traditionally less expensive than wood. It can be made from recycled material, which drives the cost down compared to a one-time-use material such as wood. Second, its lightness and ease of installation mean less money on the labor front. And installation of metal studs requires fewer tools than installing wood studs, which means lower tool costs or rental costs.
Non-load bearing, or non-structural metal studs, are designed to carry the dead load of many typical wall finishes such as gypsum board, plaster work, or similar finishes. They also provide resistance to normal transverse loads.
Light gauge metal framing used for interior wall partitions comes in various shapes, thicknesses, sizes, and finishes. Each of these components has a specific function in the wall assembly. Selecting the correct size and thickness will depend primarily on the spacing of the framing members and the height of the wall. Center to center stud spacing for typical interior applications will either be 12″, 16″, or 24″.
And at Reed Building Supply, we have the steel studs you’re looking for. We are a MBA Building Supplies distributor. MBA has been providing the highest quality light gauge steel framing and unparalleled service since 1986.
Below is a list of the structural studs and track components that we carry:
- Angle – Angle can be used in a variety of applications. Angle is available in a full range of gauges, leg lengths, and bend angles
- Flat Strapping – Flat strapping is used for lateral bracing, joist bridging and diagonal bracing to prevent racking. Flat strapping is available in multiple widths and in a full range of gauges
- CRC Clip – CRC clips are used to secure cold rolled channel to individual framing members. Each clip is pre-punched ready for quick and easy installation. We offer a variety sizes to meet your needs
- Jamb & Header System – Jamb and Header Systems can be used in a wide array of applications. These members are available in standard sizes of 3 5/8″, 6″, and 8″. Jamb and Header flanges can be 2 1/2″, 3″ or 3 1/2″ leg sizes. The system is offered in 43, 54, 68, and 97 mil thicknesses (18-12ga.)
- Resilient Channel – Resilent Channel is used to reduce sound transmission between the gpysum board and the steel framing member. These members are available in standard sizes of 1-1/4″ screw flanges. The product is offered in 18 & 30 mil thicknesses (25-20ga)
- Web Stiffener – Web Stiffeners are used to improve the strength in joist and header applications. These members are available in standard sizes of 4″ web width. The product is offered in 68 mil thickness (14ga)
If you’d like more information about metal or structural studs or any of our product lines, you can call us at (412) 875-6320 or contact us with your request.