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Benefits of Cold Formed Steel Stud Framing (CFS)

Cold-formed steel (CFS) is resilient, adaptable and durable and does not decay or age as quickly as other construction materials, which reduces life cycle costs.

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

  • Design Savings - CFS has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building system
  • No Hidden Site Construction Costs - Related to fire safety requirements for combustible framing systems
  • Lower Insurance Rates - "Frame" or "Wood" construction has a greater likelihood to burn

Increased ROI

Increased ROI

  • Quicker Installation & Erection - Earlier return on investment to the owner
  • No Height or Floor Size Restrictions - Building owners can maximise the number of units built on an available footprint of land, making it a much more profitable alternative than wood framing

Resists Wind

Resists High Seismic / Wind

  • Strong & Resilient - Withstand such major events as fire, earthquake & high wind
  • Lateral Load Resistance - Optimal material for this purpose because it is ductile
  • Consistent Performance - Steel is an inherently stable, manufactured material
  • Connection Strength - Not limited by the resistance of the wood in bearing or withdrawal

Resists Corrosion

Corrosion Resistance

  • Zinc Coating - The protective barrier over cold-formed steel will last nearly 700 years before the level of corrosion resistance deteriorates
  • Water Retainage - Steel does not retain water

Resists Mold

Mold Resistance

  • Unlike wood framing, cold-formed steel is inorganic and won’t provide a source for mold and mildew

Resists Pests

Resists Termites & Pests

  • Termites represent a significant threat to the long-term resilience of a building throughout most of the U.S.
  • CFS is one of the few materials that can resist termites in nearly any climate or building type

Fire Proof

Does Not Burn

  • The performance of steel components and steel structures in fire has been researched more extensively than any other building material
  • Cold-formed steel does not burn and will not contribute to the spread or intensity of a fire