Metal stud framing is the foundation that lays out where partitions within a structure will sit. These partitions define cubicles, open spaces, rooms, and where fixtures like doors or windows will be positioned.
The framing comprises of metal studs that can be placed together to form the initial skeleton of a wall. There are two types of studs, known as U studs and C studs, which received their moniker from their unique shapes. U studs sit on the floor and ceiling of a project and are designed to hold the C studs in place. A “C” stud will sit at the end of each U stud, as well as at predetermined intervals along the path. This provides the drywall a central support that helps to keep it straight and avoid warping.
Once a partition is set up, it allows for communication cables and electric wiring to be pulled through, leaving enough cable to reach outlets that will be installed later. After cabling and ventilation are appropriately setup, a dry wall can be applied and the rest of the final changes can be implemented.
The metal from which the Studs are made is an extremely durable and strong. It does not warp, will not rot upon contact with wood, and can be stored in nearly any environment. This is vital when building or remodeling a space. Gypsum, one of the main components of a dry wall, is susceptible to water damage and wood is easily influenced by the elements. Using wood for a framing system might seem easier, but in the long term it can mean additional maintenance and repairs after a project is complete. The metal studs ensure that the wall is off the floor, where water will accumulate during flooding, and guarantee that the entire system is supported by a frame that will last for an extended period.
Installing a metal stud occurs over multiple steps. First, the U studs would be measured to the specifications of the floor plan, making sure that each stud is exactly installed in order to fit the layout. One erroneously measured stud can ruin an entire lay out, making it harder to complete a project in a timely and cost effective manner.
After the roof and floor U studs have been measured and installed, the outermost C stud is measured and fitted into the floor. Those outermost studs will be connected to the exterior walls of the structure, holding the rest of the wall in place. The roof stud is then fitted to the initial C stud and drilled into place. After the framing studs have been installed and secured, it is then filled with studs, placed at alternating points, which are the bracing for the exterior of the wall.