Steel Framing FAQ

Steel Framing FAQ

Why Use Steel?

So what exactly is steel framing?  In order to help our customers make informed decisions about our products, we’ve put together this steel framing FAQ.  Here, you will find out why steel framing is the new, modern way to build.

Cold Formed Steel Won’t Corrode

Because Cold Formed Steel (CFS) is galvanized, it does not corrode like regular steel. As a matter of fact, according to the NAHB Research Center, CFS has a life expectancy of between 325-1,000 years.

Steel is Ideal for Both Structural and Non-Structural Walls

CFS weighs one-third less than comparable wood studs but has more dimensional stability, which translates into less expansion and contraction over time, as well as less settling

Steel is Non-Combustible, As Well As Mold, Bug and Rot Resistant

The inherent nature of CFS makes it a superior building material. Wood, on the other hand, is susceptible to all of these issues.

Steel Can Be Just As Quiet As Traditional Wood Framing

With properly designed wall assemblies and insulation layering, CFS is just as quiet as wood.

Steel Is Cost Competitive

Pre-assembled wall units cut both time and waste, saving time and money. Because CFS is lightweight, less manpower and heavy equipment are necessary for installation. Also, only minimal tools and skills are needed for erecting the framing, which cuts costs. All of these points work together to make steel framing a viable option.

Steel Is Sustainable

Typical builds average up to 20% waste, but customized fabrication cuts steel framing waste to less than 1%. For example, a 2,000 square foot house would use 40-50 trees in construction. Steel framing for the same house would use 6 scrapped cars.

Let's Get Started

JD Metals links quality and service by providing FastFrame™ residential framing packages as well as turnkey steel frame building packages.  DIY steel frame building kits are also available, not to mention our metal roofing and siding options. Our Limestone, Tennessee showroom is a great place to view our products up close: we have a finished home in our showroom! By combining customer service and great products, we at JD Metals are here to serve you.