Metal Studs have long been a popular cost-effective, economical solution for plasterboard partition walls (although they are suitable for use in a wide range of applications). The advantages of metal stud and track systems over timber are numerous. Here are just a few examples to give you an idea:
When it comes to putting up internal walls, you can't go wrong with metal framing. Our lightweight drywall system is designed to produce easy-to-construct non-load-bearing walls and partitions.
Metal provides an easy-to-install, fire-resistant solution that works in conjunction with standard and performance plasterboard (such as British Gypsum, Knauf etc) in the construction of stud walls. Studs are cut into lengths ranging from 2.4m to 4.2m - in 600mm increments. This is to suit varying partition heights.
Metal stud partitioning is the most typical form of stud walls, especially in the commercial sector. Metal stud walls are used in a wide range of building projects, generally as a new partitioned wall within an existing structure. However, there may be areas where using both wood and metal studs is a good idea; for instance, when you are attaching electrical boxes between studs and door frames.
Now that we're getting into the specifics of metal stud walls, you'll notice how distinct they are from timber frames. There are slight differences in a metal stud frame compared to a timber framing system, but they all operate on the same principles. The primary distinction between wood and metal studs is that metal studs require a few extra parts to complete the frame assembly.
The following are the central components of a metal stud wall:
On our site, we have a category dedicated to each of these components (and all of our building materials), should you require any further details.
Studs and tracks are the two most important components in steel ceiling or wall framing. Without these two, the entire assembly would be impossible. The track serves as both the top and bottom plates of the structure; creating a channel in which C Studs can be fixed. The two marry up to ensure that the assembly can work correctly.
One of the key features of U Track is that it is lightweight and therefore easy to handle and install. U Track must be installed on both the floor and ceiling where you are building the wall linings. It is common to use standard track on the ceiling and deep track on the floor - as such, these are sometimes referred to as top and bottom track.
For accessories and drywall screw products used in this process, see our Metal Accessories section.
Despite its many wins over timber, it is a touch more difficult to cut steel studs than it is to cut wood studs. Cutting steel requires either a miter or circular saw with a metal cutting blade, along with tin snips. The cutting process will almost certainly leave a few sharp edges here and there, so be sure to don some heavy work gloves and long sleeves.