Creative Building Products

The Benefits of Steel

Superior and Uniform Quality

  • Steel is roll formed into precise, uniform shapes with exacting tolerances for consistent material quality. There is no need for sorting (culling) or special handling to inspect for crown.
  • Steel joists are straight. They don't warp, twist, bow, split or have knots.
  • Steel is dimensionally stable and won't shrink like wood, eliminating nail popping, wall cracking and floor squeaking.
  • Steel does not rot, promote mold or mildew and is impermeable to termites, vermin and insects.

High Strength/Light Weight/Versatile

  • Steel has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any building material.
  • Because of its strength, steel can mean fewer framing members with wider on center spacing, reducing material and labor costs.
  • Steel framing can weigh substantially less when compared to traditional building materials like masonry and concrete systems.
  • Light-gauge framing can reach spans far greater than traditional or engineered lumber, providing larger open spaces, taller walls and flexible floor plans.
  • Steel framing lightens structures, reducing foundation requirements and often reducing or eliminating pilling.
  • Stick for stick, steel can weigh up to 50% less compared to lumber.
  • Steel can adapt to almost any application and works well independently or in combination with other structural systems.

Fire Resistance

  • Steel framing is non-combustible and will not add fuel to a fire. It improves fire safety in compliance with local codes and regulations.
  • Steel framing offers code approved increases in allowable floor area and/or allowable building heights compared to conventional wood framing.
  • One-third of all fires start in the wall cavity.
  • Actual case studies show steel houses perform very well in house fires, with little or no damage to the framing structure.

Termites: A few things you should know:

  • Over $1 billion is spent each year for prevention, control and repair.
  • Steel framing provides a termite-proof solution for the structural integrity of you project.
  • The most ferocious termite is the Formosan Subterranean "Super Termite."
  • An average colony consists of about 3 million termites, but can be as large as 10 million. A single colony normally survives about 35 years.
  • A well-fed Formosan queen can live for 25 years and lay 1,000 eggs a day.

Mold Resistant

  • Steel does not promote the growth of mold and reduces the threat of staggering litigation.
  • Mold requires and organic nutrient source and moisture to grow and flourish. Steel is inorganic and does not contain moisture like wood. Kiln dried lumber still has between 11-14% residual water content.
  • California has already passed mold-related laws, and nine other states have legislation pending.

What about Rust?

  • Steel framing members in wall cavities, attic spaces or crawl spaces that are not exposed to water will last over 300 years, per a study conducted in England.
  • Forensic studies recently conducted on Oahu residences built over 40 years ago showed steel wall studs with no visible signs of corrosion.
  • Zinc coating protects steel by providing a physical barrier as well as cathodic protection to the underlying steel. When the base is exposed, such as at a cut or scratch, the steel is cathodically protected by the sacrificial corrosion of the zinc coating adjacent to the steel.

Earthquakes or Hurricanes

  • Steel framing can be engineered to meet the highest seismic and wind loads prescribed by building codes.
  • Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any framing material; a lighter structure with stronger connections results in lower damage from seismic force.
  • Steel's strength and resiliency help it to survive earthquakes.
  • Smaller probability of damage in high winds; stronger connections (screwed vs. nailed) can withstand greater winds.
  • For generations we have relied on the strength and durability of steel in our commercial buildings, hospitals and schools.

Easy to Use

  • Simply twist metal studs into place and screw attach. Make a mistake and simply reverse the screw gun.
  • Up to 50% lighter than wood.
  • Pre-punched holes eliminate drilling for electrical and plumbing lines.
  • Special order cut-to-length material eliminates field cutting and waste.

Environmental Benefits

  • Steel offers builders an environmentally friendly alternative to wood.
  • There is little waste when using steel framing materials.
  • Builders can reduce their disposal costs and divert material from local landfills (2% - steel vs. 20% - lumber).
  • Building an average wood-frame home generates approximately 50 cubic feet of landfill waste, while a comparable steel home generates about 1.5 cubic feet of waste.

Live and Breath Easier

  • The Healthy House Institute recommends steel framing for good indoor air quality.
  • Chemically sensitive homeowners and those susceptible to asthma are exposed to fewer toxins in a steel-framed home.
  • The American Lung Association encourages the use of steel framing with its Health House program.
  • Steel resists mold spores that can lead to chronic illness.
  • No pesticides or toxins are required to protect the framing from termites or vermin.
  • No off gassing from resins, adhesive or chemicals normally used for wood construction.
  • Better insulation values with EPS foam reduces outside noise pollution.

North America's Most Recycled Material

  • Steel is 100% recyclable and considered a green building material.
  • Steel framing materials contain on average 67% recycled steel.
  • Steel can be a significant contributor to the LEED certification process.
  • It takes 25 old growth trees to build a 2,500 square foot home, compared with 7 recycled automobiles for the same steel-framed home.
  • 60 million tons of steel scrap are recycled each year: more than paper, aluminum, glass and plastic combined.