What Is Cold-Formed Steel Framing and How Do We Use it?
Cold-formed steel (CFS) framework has dominated the market for internal, non-loadbearing partition walls in commercial construction because it is lightweight, exceedingly robust, noncombustible, and relatively quick to install. The construction community is now adopting CFS for structural applications in mid-rise and multi-housing complexes, thanks to significant technological breakthroughs such as panelized systems.
The cold-formed steel frame is quickly becoming the material of choice for student dorms, assisted living facilities, and hotels across the country, where careful developers want to maximize their return on investment.
Why use cold-formed steel framing?
Steel framing is one of the most durable and adaptable building materials available today. Steel will not degrade inside the wall hollow, nor will it be damaged by mildew or vermin such as insects and rats. Unlike wood framing materials, the moisture content is not a factor when purchasing new steel.
Steel is 100% recyclable with no material property deterioration. On-site surplus materials are simply recycled or reused on the next project.
The strength-to-weight ratio of steel framing members is high. Steel's low self-weight per unit length and strength allow for wider spans and larger open areas. When compared to wood construction, the strength and span may be considerably enhanced by increasing the gauge of the steel in floor joists.
Steel, unlike other frame materials, is non-combustible and does not give fuel to a fire. Steel framing is inert and does not generate fumes, gases, or vapors, nor does it foster the growth of molds and fungus.
Steel costs have been relatively steady in North America whereas timber prices have risen considerably in recent years, and some contractors find steel price consistency appealing when selecting a material.
MB Construction Group has highly professional and experienced team members for a variety of steel framing projects in the Ontario region.
What does CFS mean in construction?
Cold-formed steel framing (CFS) is a term used to describe a type of framing used in construction made from cold-formed steel.
Is cold-formed steel durable?
Cold-formed steel (CFS) framework has dominated the market for internal, non-loadbearing partition walls in commercial construction because it is lightweight, exceedingly robust, noncombustible, and relatively quick to install.
How long can cold-formed steel be used?
The protective layer over cold-formed steel will survive over 700 years with the correct coating and building processes, even in harsh environments such as near hostile salt-laden waterways.