Wide Used of Light Gauge Steel in Construction

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Today there is a wide use of light gauge steel in residential and commercial buildings, which is replacing the wooden studs used in framing. Additionally, if we look at wood and steel from costs perspective then they both cost more or less the same. Not using wood as a building material helps in conserving forest resources this makes using steel a Green Building Solution. Further, when a steel building is taken down then the steel used in the building can be reused where as if a wooden building is taken down then the used wood almost always goes to trash. When compared to wood, steel is a stronger and lighter building material which is also termite and fire proof. Additionally, steel has greater resistance against extreme weather conditions like hurricane, tornado and earthquake.

Light gauge steel 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". Other considerations in the selection process include the makeup of the wall finishes, whether the wall finishes will be applied to one or both sides, and impact resistance requirements, if applicable. As a general rule of thumb, interior walls of a public space may require more resistance to impact than do those of a private office.

Light gauge steel will have a bright future in construction.

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