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Old 06-30-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


Sorry if this comes off as a stupid question... my experience has been solely in commercial construction in NYC

I've noticed that all interior home framing in NJ is done in wood. Is it against code to frame interior walls in metal studs? If not, why is wood preferred over metal in the residential world?
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


wood walls are quieter. wood is more commonly available. running romex wire through wood doesnt require conduit(unless local code requires it). wood is easier to fasten drywall, trim, cabinets to.

sure, you could do metal interior walls, as long as they're not load bearing.

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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


It's typically cheaper and faster to frame the whole thing in wood, instead of switching to metal for just interiors.
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


Metal studs transfer heat and cold a lot faster. Oh sorry, I see now that you said interior walls.

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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


Metal studs-

Cost more

Transfer vibrations more (noise)

Transfer heat and cold

Need gromets to run romex

Harder to hang things like cabinets

Harder to run electric and plumbing

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Yea you can use metal but why would you? It's not practical
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


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Sorry if this comes off as a stupid question... my experience has been solely in commercial construction in NYC

I've noticed that all interior home framing in NJ is done in wood. Is it against code to frame interior walls in metal studs? If not, why is wood preferred over metal in the residential world?
No stupid questions here...

Metal is typically used to achieve fire ratings and to meet commercial occupancy codes. It's not necessary in a single family residence unless you (or HO) wants to spend the extra money. Metal frame takes a bit longer to install vs wood (typically), the work flow is different (track floor & clg, install wall studs, hang ceiling frame from top down). The only real benefits I've seen using G.M.S. is fire resistance and you're able to keep walls almost perfectly plumb (wood bows and twists). As others have said, it's easier to install rough-in using wood. Metal frame needs grommets, clips, etc.
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


When you weigh all the pros and cons you will quickly discover that it boils down to price, here wood is close to half cost.
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


If I could use wood I would. When I can't use wood metal works fine.
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


I have friends in commercial and when i was building my house they talked me into going with metal on the interior partitions.

It was fast, easy, electrical and plumbing were not that big a deal, and of course the deciding factor back in '94 was that metal was way cheaper than wood at the time.

As was stated already, no bowing studs or popped screws in the metal studs.
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Re: QUESTION: Residential Framing In NJ- Metal Studs


I have did alot of basements in metal which i find easier because the floor is usually up and down and with metal its alot easier to stick frame it,rather than build the wall on the ground than stand it up.

The real problem is residental is you have to put wood backing in for doors,any kind of trim etc.

But its usually easier for the other trades they can run wires and such through the holes.

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