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How much does cold-formed steel framing cost compared to wood framing? How much does cold-formed steel framing cost compared to wood framing?

The cost of steel framing compared to wood stick construction depends on the building method.  There are two common types of steel framing, stick framing and panelization.

Stick Framing

Roll forming machine with stacker for bundling steel studs and track rollformer

The most common method used is ‘stick framing’ for walls, floors and joists in assembling today’s residential homes.  Although it is the most common method of construction for framing it is also the most costly.  The requirement for highly skilled labour to cut and assemble the various structures within a home drives the cost up.  Typically steel framing for residential building is more costly than wood.  However, for commercial building and construction steel stick framing is often much more cost effective.

Roll forming machine with stacker for bundling steel studs and track rollformer

Benefits of using steel stick framing

  • Steel studs and tracks don’t ‘move’ with temperature like wood resulting in lower warranty calls
  • Jobsite waste hauling costs reduced
  • Reduced insurance costs
  • Theft of jobsite materials

Steel building through panelization

Panelization is the assembly of building components such as walls, roofing and flooring in a controlled process.  This assembly often takes place in a large manufacturing environment with climate control and assembly tables.  Manufacturing steel framing sub-assemblies in this manor allows builders to provide a higher quality product at a reduced cost.  With jigs and fixtures mounted on to assembly tables operators can fabricate roofing, walls and flooring quickly and easily.

Roll forming machinery needed for steel framing production

Just like there are two types of steel framing techniques there are also two types of rollformers, one for each type.  Standard stick framing is all about quantity.  The more you produce the lower your cost and the more competitive you are.  In order to achieve this a high speed steel stud and track rollformer is needed.  This system can produce large volumes of steel studs ever shift.

The second type of roll former is  ‘pre-fab’ roll forming equipment.  This cold forming mill is integrated in to a specialized software application that produces the specific stud or track needed to assemble the wall section.  A kit is often created that has each part marked (via inkjet marking) to identify the order and place for the component.  Much like a Lego toy parts are assembled in order and as needed.

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