Metal Studs Stronger Than Wood?
In the past, there were many questions about metal studs being stronger than wood. There have been several studies done to answer these questions.
These studies are not conclusive but they do show that metal studs may be stronger than wood. However, it does not mean that you should go out and buy a bunch of metal studs just yet.
The reason why there are no concrete conclusions yet is because most of the studies have been conducted with very small samples sizes. The main problem with small sample sizes is that the results may be skewed.
This is especially true for a situation like this where there are many different types of wood and each one may have different strengths and weaknesses. No one wants to risk their lives or the lives of others by using metal studs in an experimental setting.
The first question that was asked is whether or not metal studs are stronger than wood studs. The answer to this question is more complex than it may seem.
The actual strength of the metal studs does exceed that of wood studs, but the issue is more complicated than just strength.
Metal studs do not transfer heat as well as wood studs. When a fire gets going in a building the heat can become so intense that it can cause the supports to weaken and eventually fail.
This is known as thermal weakening. The experiments that have been done seem to show that metal studs are less prone to thermal weakening and thus make stronger supports.
The next issue is one of cost and preparation. Metal studs are more expensive than wood studs.
The equipment that is needed to put them into place is also expensive. This can be a problem for people who are building smaller things like sheds and outbuildings. It can also be a problem for people who are on a strict budget.
Metal studs are surprisingly easy to use, but they do require some preparation before you can use them.
First, you have to make sure that you have the proper equipment to put them into place. This includes things like metal stud drivers and other power tools that are needed for this purpose.
If you don’t have these tools, then you will have to go out and buy them. This can be quite expensive.
Second, you have to make sure that you are using the right materials to put them into place. This means that you need to use wood in between each layer of metal studs.
This can add to the expense and time needed to build your structure.
Finally, and this is the most important one, you have to make sure that you are putting the metal studs INTO PLACE before the wood framing is in place. This means you have to build the walls out of wood and then put the metal studs into it.
It can be a little tricky, but if you use the right equipment and materials it’s more than possible.
The advantages of metal studs do seem to outweigh the costs and the drawbacks though. They are fireproof, they won’t carry termites, and they can last a lifetime when installed correctly.
It may take some time for the public to catch on to this, but when they do metal studs are sure to become more popular.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Metal track system for metal studs (A Petrecca – US Patent 5,222,335, 1993 – Google Patents)
- Metal studs to replace wood studs (TH Deffet – US Patent 5,440,848, 1995 – Google Patents)
- Piercing sharp pointed gypsum board screw for metal studs (JB Wagner – US Patent 3,942,405, 1976 – Google Patents)
- Thermal evaluation of several configurations of insulation and structural materials for some metal stud walls (J Kosny, JE Christian – Energy and buildings, 1995 – Elsevier)