A Quick Guide To Which Wall Frames You Should Choose For Your Next Construction Project


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.

  • Insulation: timber is a natural insulator and will keep your house warmer in winter and colder in summer than steel frames will.
  • Easy to change: when you buy steel wall frames you cannot really update them on the fly. Timber is very easy to change and most contractors will be able to do it.
  • Safer with electronics: wood is not a conductor of electricity, so if your wires ever break or come into contact with your timber wall frames they will not hurt you.

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.

For more information, contact a wall frame supplier.


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