DURABILITY: Light steel framing is extremely durable and provides consistent long-term results.
STRENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: Cold rolled steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all structural framing materials; it weighs 1/3 less than wood studs but is up to seven times stronger than dimensional lumber. This allows for longer floor spans and framing layouts that maximize floor space. It offers good resistance to vertical and imposed loads and accommodates high levels of acoustic and thermal insulation.
RESERVE STRENGTH: The reserve strength of light steel means it performs well in earthquakes and other extreme events.
REDUCES FLOOR LOAD: Light steel framing is ideal for loadbearing and non-loadbearing uses and reduces floor load; it’s not subject to differential movement due to thermal expansion or contraction; it won’t shrink, shift, creep, settle, or sag like other structural materials; and it’s fastened with a precise number of evenly spaced bolts, not randomly shot nails.
REINFORCED: When a cold formed steel sheet is formed into a C-shape (like a stud or joist), the folds act as stiffeners and further increase the strength of the steel.
PRECISION: Light steel framing components are always straight and true and accurate in size.
RESILIENT: Steel is impervious to moisture; it won’t rot, dry out and crack, bow, or twist like timber.
LONGEVITY: Its resistance to corrosion, mold, and vermin, gives it a longevity few building materials can rival.
TERMITE-FREE: Termite infestation causes more harm to buildings than fire, floods, and storms combined; light steel isn’t vulnerable to termite attack; it’s inorganic so it’s not a desirable food source.
NON-COMBUSTIBLE: Light steel is non-combustible; it reduces the overall risk of fire in multi-family buildings and typically increases the speed of securing fire certifications. The melting point of steel is approximately 2,700 F; building fire temperatures average 1,000 F and rarely exceed 1,800 F; its stiffness and yield strength are reduced at ultra-high temperatures, but modern building codes and fire protection methods take these reductions into account.
WARRANTY: A 50-year manufacturer’s warranty is available for TRUCORE steel (subject to eligibility criteria).