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kuj0317 10-26-2011 12:02 AM

Framing a non-load bearing basment wall (to be insulated) - Wood or steel?
So I am finishing demoing my basement walls (wood paneling and frame; the old wall was not insulated and was spaced sporadically, and done in 2x3s).

I was planning on doing the new wall in wood 2x4s. However, my brother recommended steel.

I live in southern NY, so insulation is a concern.

1) Will steel reduce the effectiveness of the insulation? If so, are there ways to circumvent this (IE padding the ends of the steel or painting it)

2) Is it easier to put up interior steel vs wood? Is warping less of an issue?

I googled it, and saw conflicting viewpoints with no consensus (

Any input would be very much appreciated.

Thadius856 10-26-2011 04:07 AM

I don't see any specific reason to use steel over wood in this case. I'd stick to wood framing, unless you can determine why you need the extra cost and headache.

spring3100 11-03-2011 08:03 AM

I would go with wood,preferably 2X4 as you can run full size electric boxes in it.fill cavities in with ROXUL R-15,available at Lowes.Vapor barrier (6 mil plastic),then mold resistant drywall at least 1 inch off the floor.
Bearing in mind,bottom plate must be pressure treated,and a capillary break must be under even that,foam insulation strips will do the trick.
Build about 1/4 inch off the wall,and every 10 horizontal feet install a pressure treated stud for a fire break snug against the wall.

Thadius856 11-03-2011 08:54 PM

If it's an interior wall, Roxul makes a highly-rated R0 sound insulator as well.

chrisBC 11-03-2011 09:54 PM

I would go with wood.

DannyT 11-03-2011 10:37 PM

for basements we use to use the metal track for the top and bottom plates and just screw 2/4 into them. worked great and we had wood to nail trim to.

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