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09-02-01, 08:37 AM   #1  
A wood frame house is not an option and was going to go with concrete but than heard of steel frames and how it was supposedly stronger.

Is there a web site that has information on the steel frame houses?

[Note: Not sure what happened with the previous post on this topic.]

 
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11-09-01, 09:34 AM   #2  
Hi:
I looked in Sweets catalogs in my office; they have a section on lightgage steel framing. Try http://www.marinoware.com
They have a lot of info on steel framing in their paper catalog; haven't looked at their web site.

I have designed commercial buildings using lightgage steel framing, but never a residence. I would be interested in knowing what you find out about cost differences. I used the lighter 25 ga studs (the type you use for non-load bearing walls) in my basement for a shop wall just to see how they worked. They were a lot cheaper than wood, but harder to work with, as I didn't have all the right tools for cutting, etc.

As far as strength, the steel framing would be designed to meet the various loads required by code, as would any other material, so I don't know if you could say one system is stronger than another.

Good luck with your research.

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11-21-01, 02:05 PM   #3  
We lived in a Bendix modular home for 12 years (Built in 1977), and it was VERY sturdy. No effects from the wind at all.

Try the following sites for more information on steel studs....

http://www.steeler.com/product.html
http://www.findarticles.com/cf_fmhym.../article.jhtml
http://www.oikos.com/esb/38/steelstudy.html

Be warned....steel is more difficult to work with when it comes to framing in windows and doors. You can't just nail them in place like you can with wood frame.

 
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