Metal C Stud

C Studs are one of the essential components for creating metal stud partitioning systems. These galvanised lightweight steel sections provide the vertical support to create non load bearing partitions, and are an ideal alternative to timber framing. They are easy to install, and you can fix plasterboard directly to the C Stud and fill the partition with sound insulation. Suitable for both domestic and commercial situations, C Studs deliver many benefits and are commonly used throughout the UK.

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What is Metal C Stud?

Metal C Stud is a galvanised steel section used in the construction of a stud wall. It is manufactured by taking a coil of galvanised steel and shaping it into a "C" shape using a cold rolling machine. The studs are then cut into different sized lengths - usually between 2.4m and 4.2m - in 600mm increments. This is to suit varying partition heights.

Metal C Studs are used as the vertical component of stud walls, providing strong and dependable support to non load bearing partitions. They are part of the overall drylining system provided by plasterboard manufacturers such as Knauf Drywall and Siniat, and should be installed in conjunction with a performance plasterboard such as Soundshield Plus, and a sound insulation roll such as Acoustic Roll. This will provide a low maintenance, sound deadening stud wall that prevents noise travelling between rooms.

Metal C Stud Range

Metal C Stud comes in a range of sections and lengths. This galvanised lightweight steel section is normally denoted by its width and length. For instance, 70mm Metal C Stud 3000mm is a 70mm wide C Stud that comes in a 3m length. There are five standard widths of C Stud; 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, 92mm and 146mm, with 50mm and 70mm being the most popular. All C Studs are sold in a pack of 10.

Installing C Studs

C Studs are lightweight and therefore easy to handle and install. There are two stages to the easy installation of C Studs.

First, you must have your Metal U Track in place on the ceiling and the floor. The U Track is should always be 2mm wider than the C Stud, to allow the C Stud to fit within it. For instance, 70mm C Stud should be installed with 72mm U Track. Decide how far apart you want the partition studs to be (standard centres are 600mm, but 400mm is also quite common), then fix the studs to the track at the appropriate intervals using Wafer Head Self Drilling Screws. This provides a strong frame onto which you can install the plasterboard.

Second, you need to fix your plasterboard to the studwork. The thickness of the plasterboard will be either 12.5mm or 15mm, depending on the specification of the wall. It is also quite common to use two layers of plasterboard in a stud partition wall. Hold the plasterboard flush against the studwork, and fix it to the stud and track using Fine Thread Drywall Screws.