Wall frames are an important part of any construction, from massive skyscrapers to a simple residential plot. If you are considering building something for the first time, you may be wondering about what material you should use in your wall frames. The two most common options are steel and timber wall frames, and many people would choose steel because it is metal and that is automatically stronger, right? The short answer is no, there are definitely pros to steel but timber wall frames have their advantages too. Here is a quick matchup of the two that should give you some better insight.
Steel Wall Frames
Because steel is a metallic alloy, it has some very robust qualities that are unmatched by natural alternatives. Its pound for pound strength is very impressive, as is its resistance to strong winds, heavy rains and large weather events. However, this all comes at a cost and most steel wall frames are quite a bit more expensive than their timber alternatives. In addition to this, often you simply cannot find any steel wall frames to work with, as they are a lot rarer than timber. That being said, if you can get your hands on steel wall frames for a good price, there is no reason not to buy it as it is a strong choice.
Timber Wall Frames
Timber wall frames might seem like they come off second best in a matchup versus steel, but the truth is that they have some obvious advantages steel cannot match, including the following.
So Which Is Better, Timber Or Steel?
The answer is that neither one is 'better' than the other. It all depends on your needs. Steel wall frames are certainly stronger and easy to install, which makes them perfect for larger buildings where both of those qualities are prioritised. On the other hand, for most residential and smaller construction projects, timber wall frames do the job just fine and, some would argue, better. If it is your first construction project then you should definitely begin with timber, as that is the material you will be most commonly working with moving forward anyway.
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23 June 2020
Hello, my name is Ryan and this is my blog. I don't work in the roofing industry but I recently had to spend a week on the roof of my home trying to fix it up. I am pretty good at DIY, but in the end, I had to call in a roofing contractor to help me out. I decided to replace the entire roof and that wasn't a job I was going to take on my own. I have learnt a lot during the past few weeks and I hope to use this blog to pass on some of my knowledge.