Metal framing

Metal framing

Metal framing constructions are designed using a completely different method compared to the design of ho rolled steel. When choosing the best solution for your construction, a series of details must be considered. However, every time we can use metal framing construction methods for a particular building, consistent reductions and benefits will arise. Either we talk about material consumption, waste reduction, production, and erection times decrease. All incline the balance toward the metal framing construction method. Proving this way of building to be advantageous!

Structural principle

The basic principle when we design light metal framing constructions is the distribution of concentrated loads over long distribution areas or lines. With this in mind, point loads become smaller and the structural elements will become lighter and slender. Moreover, the metal framing becomes support for the sheathing materials reducing the need to use secondary structures as support. The engineers will be happy because of reduced point loads on foundations. And the workers finishing the structures will be glad to work on perfectly aligned support. We achieve this by setting a grid.

We consider the grid, the spacing between studs, the basis for distribution of loads mentioned above. A powerful tool towards minimum material waste.  Where extra load-bearing capacity is required, we will supplement with bigger cold-formed, hot laminated profiles or even concrete depending on the situation. Oblique elements act as stabilizing elements of the whole tridimensional structure. Lattices in trusses or diagonals in wall frames.

The latest technologies in the production of light steel metal frames allow complete prefabrication of the steel profiles. Self-tapping screws introduced in pre-drilled holes connect the profiles forming panels. Self-drilling screws connect the panels to form the three-dimensional shape of the construction.

It is important to understand that constructions built with steel framing require extra care during the design phase. Significant point loads or bending moments can be tackled with a combination of hot-rolled profiles if the capacity of the light gauge steel is not sufficient. Thus using hot rolled steel only in some points of the structure. Moreover, the metal framing can connect easily to the hot-rolled sections as well. Thus we can cover the majority of design situations.

Applications of metal framing constructions

Applications for this type of construction method are various. We at Unic Rotarex® specialize in design, production, and erection of:

We can deliver the structures as flat packs or in pre-assembled panels depending on the type and dimensions of the frames, type of transportation mean and site conditions.