In the metal industry, technological advancements have yielded a new type of steel, making the building installation process more secure and quicker. The new material is the cold-formed steel (CFS). Cold-formed metal buildings are robust, durable, and lightweight. These qualities make them a favorable material for a wide range of applications in a metal buildings,warehouse, red iron buildings and barns.
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Making of The CFS
Usually, cold-formed steel does not have any welding; instead, all the components of the cold-formed metal are created using cold procedures such as squeezing, trimming, and twisting.
The “C” shape steel bars are used to erect a steel structure completely. The steel bars are settled on the bay with various other building construction components such as cross braces, knee braces, and apex braces, among others.
The cold-formed steel structures can easily overcome storms, fire, floods, and snow, among other extreme weather conditions.
Cold-Formed Steel Buildings
Many engineers and contractors prefer to use cold-formed steel over hot rolled steel. Since hot-rolled steel is manufactured under high temperatures, it results in steel welding joints. On the centrally, cold-formed steel is created in standard forms such as steel plates, columns, and strips, that do not need any welding.
At Steel and Stud, we offer CFS in varying thicknesses, which makes you meet your steel building requirements. Therefore, the quality of your steel is assured that it will remain consistent over decades without getting destroyed by fire, moisture, timber, or rust. Since cold-formed steel building results in high standard buildings, the buildings are seismic proof and are able to withstand strong winds.
Composition of the CFS
The CFS component is made from at least 25% recycled steel. Others use up to 75% recycled steel, which is a contribution to the green building.
Cold formed steel begins with the production of raw steel, obtained from a combination of iron ore and steel scrap, with added small amounts of carbon in a Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) or the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF).
Cold-Formed Steel Building Kits
Our steel framing system is friendly to your preferred design and thus, does not limit you with the type of outside you want to achieve. The engineering structural framing packages can be made in any size and shape, which leaves you to choose the roofing and siding type that you want.
The kits are not heavy to handle, making them not require any heavy concentrated loads for the concrete foundations or heavy equipment. Gable, hip roofs, or non-conventional shaped roofs are not a problem since our material is able to adapt to any features.
Add door and window openings, partition the walls from the interior, overhangs, etc.
There are a lot of advantages to using our energy-efficient steel system, especially when using spray expandable foam insulation or even the blown in cellulose or other related blown insulations that create high energy efficient R values. This method proves to be perfect for such structures, which ultimately provides energy savings.
Why choose cold-formed steel?
The CFS has no standard sizes, meaning you can customize the steel to desired length, height, and width.
Our kits are sold with a step-by-step instruction manual designed to ensure that you have an efficient and easy time assembling your kit. We also have videos that you can watch and follow step by step. This saves your cost since you can do it yourself; hence no need to hire a contractor.
All kits come with the Site Specific stamped Engineered Drawings that help you meet the requirements of your local building code. Included are the stamped drawings of your slab, foundation, and piers.
We offer a fully complete kit that has all the hardware and material that is needed for assembly. The material includes the needed steel and anchor bolts; thus, no welding is required.
Our materials are 25% recycled from steel; thus, ours promotes green building.
Shipping can be done within 48 states and internationally too.
All materials are made in the USA.
Cold Formed Steel Framing Costs
Cold-formed steel buildings structures come in varying sizes and designs, which you can select according to your interest. Steel and Stud offer you the freedom to select the length, height, and width of the cold-formed steel buildings structural framing.
After you have selected your desired cold-formed steel framing material, then the total cost is calculated. Customization is allowed at Steel and Stud. Interestingly, we do not charge for customization. Instead, we only charge for the building that you desire to install.
Notably, Cold-formed Stell buildings framing varies according to the order of our clients. You can get a quotation with an accurate quote for your desired order from us.
Advantages of Using Cold-Formed Steel Framing
CFS framing is undoubtedly a cost-friendly method of building. Cost-effectiveness is achieved through lower insurance rates, thus fewer obligations on insurance. Shorter project cycles reduce the costs that would be associated with installation. Predictability ensures one is financially prepared and has improved design efficiency.
Installation of a cold-formed steel buildings gives you an advantage of durability. CFS steel is resistant to fire, corrosion, vermin, and mold, which gives the building a longer lifetime than any other building material.
Usually, CFS frames contains at least 25% of recycled steel – while more often, it contains 70% recycled steel. Besides, it meets the highest sustainability requirements of all the major green building standards and rating programs.
- Non-combustible and resilient
Cold-form steel framing is resistant to extreme weather conditions and is non-combustible hence resistant to fire and resilient to seismic loads, ballistic penetration, and blast threats. With all these capabilities, CFS framing is undoubtedly one of the most resilient building materials available.
- Easy to Install
CFS is light, which makes its shipping, handling, and assembling easy to do. In a controlled environment off job site, the CFS wall, roof, and the floor sections can also be assembled. This helps to avoid unnecessary weather delays that would have otherwise occurred.
Pre-Engineered Metal Building vs. Cold Formed Building
A Pre-engineered metal building and cold-formed building have a lot in common, from how they look physically and the designs they are made into.
However, since the two use different materials, they, therefore, differ in as many ways as the similarities are. Below are some of the differences that the two exhibit.
What are the differences between the CFS and pre-engineered metal buildings?
- Production of their materials
CFS and steel may sound to be made from one material which is steel. However, CFS is manufactured differently, which is primarily why we have the difference.
Molten iron is created into structural steel beams, which have a profile of a cross-section giving it extra rigidity. Cold-formed steel is also made from iron, but instead of the cross-section profile, it is made into thin strips that are later cooled. The cooled steel is then combined into the desired thickness; then, a protective coating is applied.
Although some manufacturers view cold-formed steel as a sight to behold, others tend to think differently. However, this is a practical solution held behind the scenes, and thus, applications behind the walls, on floors, and on the ceilings bring the much difference observed. On the other hand, exposed structural steel can be made into stunningly beautiful designs.
- Design flexibility
Design flexibility is another significant difference that distinguishes structural steel and CFS. Heavy structural steel columns have difficulty in small spaces, and eventually, they take up a lot of valuable space.
However, cold-formed steel can excel very easily in both small and medium size spaces. Access holes in CFS allow for fewer unsightly bulkheads and thus, saves space.
Structural steel and cold-formed steel vary in weight. Structural steel sounds bulky and heavy because it is. While moving the structural steel, you are required to precisely deliver it on a flatbed trailer and a series of crane lifts.
For the cold-formed steel, the wall panel or joist can be picked up by several crew members. It can move easily without needing special machinery. Besides, the CFS has the highest strength-to-weight ratio compared to any other construction material.
- Installation speed
Installation or erecting a building can be time-consuming, tedious, laborious, and at some point, it can also be a very stressful process.
When using structural steel, be sure that you must do some welding, bolting, or riveting. These processes consume a lot of time
However, cold-formed steel installation will use essential installation equipment, and with a crew of two, they can do a lot of work.
Production per unit cost is lower in cold-formed steel as compared to the same cost in structural steel. The reason for this is that structural steel weighs more than CFS.
Besides, the installation of structural steel has many processes – welding, bolting, and riveting – compared to cold-formed steel.
The lighter cold-formed steel is cheaper to transport, of course, due to its lighter weight.
Lastly, since cold-formed steel requires a smaller crew and does not need to have large cranes and special machinery to move, it is not labor intensive and is low on labor costs.
The Cold, Hard Results Are In
CFS is quite advantageous, and hence, it must be a choice to consider when constructing a metal building. Since the material is lightweight, has a greater strength, and is cheaper to install, many world-wide contractors are finding this material as an ideal material for metal buildings.
Steel and Stud are always on the front of the metal building industry to ensure that you get the latest and most efficient construction materials installed. You can purchase directly from the shop or visit our website for online purchases.