Metal Framing, Livermore, CA
If you’ve ever done a bit DIY and installed or repaired some drywall you probably noticed that the framing it fitted on to was wood. Nothing wrong with that; wood is cheap and strong and easy to work with requiring only nails and not screws for fittings. Professional construction work, however, often goes with metal framing for drywalls and there are good reasons for that too.
Why Metal Framing?
Metal framing for drywall initially became standard in professional construction because it is entirely fireproof (unlike wood) which can make all the difference when it comes to building code compliance. On top of which metal frames are lighter than wood which is important in high rise construction and they are impervious to termite damage which is helpful anywhere. All of which adds up to a pretty good argument for metal frames. We use a light gauge galvanized steel which as well as being fireproof and termite proof is also guaranteed to last longer than wood and simply won’t biodegrade.
You might think that wood is a green material because it regrows and bio degrades at the end of its life but there’s a good argument for the point of view that metal frames are the greener option. The light gauge galvanized steel used for metal framing is one hundred percent recyclable, whereas wood frames are typically thrown away or burnt. Plus the lighter weight of the frames requires less fuel for transport. In these days when environmental responsibility is of growing importance for clients and residents we are happy to talk to you about the provenance of our materials and the environmental impact of any work we do.
Not all drywall contractors offer metal framing. That’s because wood has been the commonest framing material for residential drywalls and so many contractors simply don’t have the skillset to offer metal framing. That’s not the case with our professional installation teams - we have the know how to offer you the benefits of metal framing. We can discuss with you how metal framing, studs, and rails will benefit your property and your budget and then design the best installation - because it’s not just about throwing up some metal framing and then hiding it with drywall. That’s why so many contractors shy away from steel; there is expertise required but we’re here to explain the considerations behind the choice and the design of the framing for the job.
Any framing brings the benefits of insect proof, fireproof, lightweight construction but as experts in metal framing we know that there are points to consider when it comes to design. The first is that steel is a conductor, not an insulator and so metal framing is best accompanied by carefully chosen and installed insulation. The second is that where there is load bearing needs for heavy wall hangings etc. there will be a requirement for enhancing the strength of the steel frame structure itself. We can show you where and why those frames will be reinforced.