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Can metal studs be used on exterior walls?
Heavier gauge metal studs are used in load bearing walls and structural applications such as exterior walls. Lighter gauge metal studs are used in non-load bearing applications such as some interior walls, half-walls, and partitions. Metal studs are available in many of the same basic dimensions as wood studs.
Is metal framing cheaper than framing?
Cost-effective: While never as cheap as wood, steel studs are now only about 30-percent more expensive than wood studs. Lightweight: Steel studs are lighter to carry and store than wood because they are hollow.
What to build exterior walls out of?
Building codes require that exterior walls be sheated with plywood or oriented strand board, OSB. Walls in cooler climates are built with 2×6 framing and in warmer climates they are built with 2×4 framing. The most common layout for wall studs is 16 inches on center.
What is a steel framing system?
Steel framing systems (SFS, for short) are modern structural systems which are designed for the easy, fast construction of modern framed buildings. SFS systems are proving an increasingly popular choice in modern buildings, compared to other construction materials.
What is best for exterior walls?
For a perfect exterior wall paint finish, satin and eggshell are the best choices as they have high durability and easier to clean.
What are the different types of metal wall panels?
Metal wall panels are usually fabricated of aluminum but can also be manufactured from steel, stainless steel, copper, or composite materials. The following types of metal panel systems are available:
Why are metal siding panels used for exterior walls?
Combined with a relatively simple installation process, this aesthetic appeal has made corrugated steel siding panels very popular in modern, traditional and rustic sheet metal designs. Metal exterior wall panels offer the ability to vertically align each of the siding panels to create appealing sight lines.
How are metal panel systems used in building design?
Metal panel systems are generally proprietary designs in which a manufacturer adapts his system to the architect’s design. As part of the design, the architect will select a type of metal panel system and provide architectural details that depict the relationship of the metal panel system to the adjacent building systems.
What do you need to know about metal stud framing?
Metal Stud Framing: The design of the metal stud framing needs to be integrated with the panel design and fastening system. Metal panel systems are generally proprietary designs in which a manufacturer adapts his system to the architect’s design.