My company builds high-end custom homes in Southern California. We used to frame everything with wood, but about eight years ago we started using light-gauge steel (LGS) because it gave us a higher-quality building. LGS won't rot, burn, or get eaten by termites, and every piece is perfectly straight. Now we rarely frame with anything but steel.
I recently started a business selling LGS materials and training builders to frame with steel. The same structural principles apply whether you frame with wood or steel; you still have studs, beams, headers, joists, and rafters. Some things are different, but once you understand what the differences are, you can frame with steel as confidently...
to continue reading