I am interested in opinions for Steel Framing vs wood framing for
building my workshop. I read that it is mainly for non load bearing
walls. Is steel strong enough for the exterior walls? I may have a
loft/second floor. If so, is steel ok? What are the costs between going
steel and wood? I am a sheet metal man by trade, so I would have no
problem building with steel. Thanks for any advice.
Steel prices have been high and it's somewhat more labor intensive but
I think steel is the way to go, especially for a shop. There's a good
book called Residential Steel Framing by Tim Wait that I found worth
the money and might be helpful.
20 to 12 gauge are considered light gauge and used as structural
members in a lot of commercial/industrial projects. I've read that a
good percentage of houses built in Hawaii are built with them because
Steel will work, can frame an entire home with steel, but it requires a
learning curve and unless you have a very good reason for wanting to use
steel, I would stay with wood framing.
Easier, you already know how to frame with wood, less expensive, no new
tools, books, etc. needed, etc.
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