With the recent increase in construction prices, a survey from NAHB indicates that builders are willing to learn about wood-alternative framing systems.

Originally posted at buildsteel.org

Post Written by:  SFIA (Steel Framing Industry Association)

Beginning in mid-2020, lumber prices have seen record increases and, despite recent declines, remain at historic highs. As the construction industry bounces back from the pandemic, home builders report having good results with cold-formed steel (CFS) framing, which is strong, sturdy and non-combustible.

A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlights that builders are more willing to switch to CFS from traditional framing methods.

Builders are willing to switch from wood

According to results from special questions on the June 2021 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), framing crews are open to using framing systems other than wood.

When asked the question, “What to you see as significant barriers to switching from wood framing,” builders responded as follows:

  • Only 1% indicated possible difficulties of learning a new system as a barrier
  • Only 14% indicated a fear of alienating subcontractors as a potential distractor

Therefore, the survey results are very favorable to home builders having an open mind to using alternative framing materials.

Cold-Formed Steel has the edge!

The advantages of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing:

  • Dimensionally stable and does not expand or contract with changes in moisture content
  • Lightweight compared to wood and concrete
  • Will not warp, split, crack or creep when exposed to the elements
  • Sustainable and 100% recyclable
  • Durabile and has a high tensile strength
  • Non-combustible and is a safeguard against fire accidents