Should you use metal studs for your upcoming commercial construction project? Metal framing is an excellent choice for commercial buildings in a multitude of industries. In fact, metal studs are now being used in almost all office and commercial construction projects instead of wood. However, there are certain things to be aware of when using metal studs. Today, the highly experienced team at Architectural Interior Restorations Inc. is discussing three things you should consider when using metal stud framing.
1. Different Insulation
Metal studs require a different process in order to meet insulation requirements. Because metal is a better thermal conductor than wood, the wall assembly needs to be slightly modified to reduce thermal transmittance. Typically, this is easily done by using a layer of rigid insulation on the outside of the wall. This layer will minimize thermal bridging and heat transfer through the wall. This is why it is important to work with a contractor that has experience installing metal studs.
2. Wall Hanging
Another consideration is relative to decorating your new building. Unlike wood studs, you cannot simply hammer a nail into a wood stud to hang a picture. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to hang anything at all. Your contractor will add wood blocking in the areas where these items may be located. This will allow you to screw or nail directly into wood when you want to hang things in your building.
3. WiFi Signal
Finally, one of the most frequent reasons building owners are hesitant to use metal studs is the fear that their WiFi signal will be interrupted. However, we have found that this problem is easily solved with the use of multiple routers, WiFi boosters, or antenna extensions. Your Internet provider should be able to work with you to make sure your WiFi signal is strong.