Framing a Wall: Wood vs Metal Studs

Any homeowner planning to finish his basement or framing a wall in his house, will need information about optional framing material, such as wall studs. Below, you will find useful information about how metal studs compare with wood studs.

Stud Strength

When it comes to strength of the stud you will use, the nod definitely goes to wood. Though, metal studs are strengthened by attaching drywall to them, they will not give you the strength you need to hang heavier objects on, such as cabinets or mirrors.

Overall Cost

When you consider only initial cost, metal studs have the edge. But the additional cost of electrical boxes, sheet metal screws, plastic grommets, etc., make costs of both materials somewhat the same.

Handling and Convenience

In moving, handling, and storage of your wall studs, metal definitely wins out. But you should also take into account that metal pieces left when you cut metal studs can be sharp, and therefore they take more care during cleanup.


Metal, unlike wood, does not warp over time and does not wick moisture. However it's vulnerability to rust means you'll need to install a vapor barrier or moisture-proof gasket between your floor and the floor plate.

Heat & Cold Transfer

Of the two types of studs, metal transfers heat and cold much more than wood. Therefore, you will be wise to install insulation between exterior walls and metal studs.