Choosing Wood Framing Over Steel Framing

Residential Construction Job

What are the two most common options when it comes to framing buildings? Answer: 1) Framing using steel and 2) wood framing. In this particular sector, every customer has a preference. However, will one of the two offer better results and more benefits?

The first thing you want to think about when the topic of wood framing comes up is the wood. There are far more advantages than disadvantages where wood is concerned.

Here, we’re going to take a look at why steel framing is outdone by the benefits of wood framing.

Commonality and Availability

Among constructors and building owners, framing lumber is very common. It’s available in highly reputable lumber stores, low profile local retail shops, and more. The installation of wood framing is something that most contractors are extremely familiar with, so you have far more options to choose from where contractors are concerned. Labor costs can be reduced in this matter, too.

Rust Resistance

Steel is prone to rust. That problem can outweigh the fact that steel will not rot. When exposed to major leaks or water for a long time, metal will inevitably start to rust. To the stability of a building, this can deal a huge blow! So, another added cost of using steel (because there are more described below) is going to be frequent treatments to ward off any possible rusting.


One essential determinant, and a major factor where many construction projects are concerned, is cost. Both in terms of long-term and short-term costs, steel is – flat-out – more expensive (more on this later).

Special materials, tools, and expertise are required when constructing a house using metal. Far more affordable is the use of wood framing. Using common materials and woodwork tools, it can be installed more easily. There is also the matter of reduced labor and expense due to the fact that installation is easier with wood.

 Wide-Ranging Profiles and Styles

Lumber (wood), unlike steel, is available in numerous profiles and styles. As an example, the likes of SPF and Doug-fir can be sized and shaped to several dimensions. They can be processed to have a rough or smooth texture, thanks to their versatility. Another benefit is that wood, where a building’s aesthetic value is concerned, is a significant enhancement due to its natural appearance.

Having various profiles, wood can be styled and customized into various patterns to give your building a personalized look. This is neither easy nor even possible with steel.

Adequate Insulation Is Needed for Steel Framing

Unlike steel, wood is considered a natural conductor. Wood frames will remain constant in temperature, even during the cold season, while steel will become exceptionally cold. To reduce steel’s conductivity, this can only be prevented by using vast amounts of insulation. Your cooling/heating energy usage will skyrocket otherwise.

The result: Compared to what you would have spent on wood framing, you’re going to end up spending much more – in the long run – with steel framing.

When You Need Construction and Framing

Look no further than US Framing for your wood framing needs. We also do industrial and metal stud work. We not only construct, but we can manage large projects involving student housing, multifamily units, assisted living facilities, retail, and much more. Do you have a project that requires specialty framing? No problem. We’ve got you covered there, as well.

You need construction – we have the know-how and the team. Let’s build something together!

Please feel free to contact us for a quote or information.

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