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Old 06-11-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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In your experience, is wood framing more or less expensive than steel?

To qualify it a bit, say a 14 x 20, slab on grade, one room, typical drywall interior and vinyl siding exterior.

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Since it all just about price. Get bids for each methos of construction.

If other factors such as resale, insulation and sound make the question more challenging.

Is this a free-standing room or is it a attached? Building out of the same materials is usually best.

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Free standing.

It will be insulated. Built to be a detached room, maybe for a studio, or office, or MIL suite.

It isn't all about budget, more like inexpensive quality...

So, can you build cheaper, I mean less expensive, with steel studs or wood studs for this sort of application?
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Price them out locally.

As Dick mentioned insulation......... steel studs are a big thermal link to exterior temperatures with inherent convective loops and possible "ghosting" with f.g. batts: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...rm=steel+studs

http://www2.dupont.com/Tyvek_Weather...20Bulletin.pdf

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Reading on Building Science shows that wood, using Advanced Framing, is a good option. I am going to look more into that.


Mostly I see they have a vapor barrier between the drywall and studs. Is that for a climate where heating is the main focus of HVAC? Where I am the environment is hot, humid summers and mild winters. Last winter the cat water only froze one time.
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OK, I found the DOE site that says we are in zone 2. Zone 2 building says no vapor barrier on the interior of the wall assembly.
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I would think that wood framing would be best. all of the tradesmen will most likely know how to attach things and drill through wood and what not. you would need a commercial crew to come do your residential work, or is this going to be a commercial structure?
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OK, I found the DOE site that says we are in zone 2. Zone 2 building says no vapor barrier on the interior of the wall assembly.

you want to have tyvek type wrap as the vapor barrier installed on the outside of sheathing
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I will probably do most of the work, especially if I go with wood. And, it looks like that is the best option all things considered.


Thanks for the comments.

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