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Pros and Cons of Steel Frame for Commercial Projects

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Pros
These are the same as steel framing for residential jobs, with two additions-
1. Light steel framing is faster than wood framing
2. Light steel framing is generally used in light commercial projects
Cons
1. There may be a learning curve, depending upon the contractor’s experience
2. There may be an expense for renting or buying power tools like screw guns, power cutters, generators and compressors
3. Plywood is still used for floor and roof sheathing
4. Steel must be very precisely cut, unlike wood

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Pros and Cons of Stick (Wood) Framing for Commercial Projects

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Pro
1. Readily available throughout the United States
2. Easily worked with as a framing material
3. Experienced, licensed framers are familiar with wood
4. Experienced framers have all the tools for the trade
5. Most building departments and inspectors are familiar with the stick
assembly of homes
6. All licensed architects are very familiar with wood as a framing material
7. Wood is a good insulator in conjunctions with the proper insulation
8. Wood is a recyclable material
9. Recycling of wood waste is becoming mandatory by the governmental
jurisdiction in which the site is located
Con
1. The new code, C.B.C. 2007, puts new restrictions on the use of stick frame
and heavy lumber
2. Large stick members and beams are heavy and may need mechanical
equipment to place
3. Other trades may have to drill through stick framing members
4. Wood does absorb moisture
5. Wood is becoming more expensive
6. Wood does put a burden on the forests
7. Wood is becoming a scarcer material

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