Advantages of Drywall

The modern times true to the name have truly brought everything modern and technologically advanced at our disposal. Everything that we want is just a click away. But these modern times have brought with them the paucity of TIME. This shortage of time demands that everything should be done in a jiffy and should not be messy. Be it cooking or even the construction of a house, we want everything to be quick. So at this critical juncture drywall construction comes to our rescue. It is quick, easy and clutter-free. Drywall construction offers many benefits and gives reasons more than one for it to be an indispensable part of your home and office construction project.
The greatest use of drywall construction is that it’s not messy, construction time is five to eight times less than the conventional wet construction method. Heavy-duty pre-fabricated gypsum plaster boards are used as replacement for the traditional brick and mortar construction. It’s easy to erect structures using plaster boards. It saves both time and money. They help reduce the labour cost and offer flexibility in terms of design and structure too.
Drywall construction systems are excellent when it comes to insulation and fire resistance. Gypsum, the core compound used in drywall, has 21% crystalline water and 79% calcium sulphate. It is inert below 120 degree Celsius and in case of fire, it’s the crystalline water that evaporates first and this property makes gypsum fire resistant to a considerable temperature.
The constant improvement in drywall-systems has ensured that it meets to the latest specifications and can be used for acoustic insulation as well. By inserting rock wool between the boards, the insulation capacity of the drywall can be enhanced. STC or the Sound Transmission Capacity for drywall can be increased or decreased contrary to that of brick and mortar constructions. The brick and mortar walls offer an STC of 40 but the drywall can yield an STC as high as 63 by providing insulation between the plaster boards.
As opposed to the common belief drywall systems are able to support heavy fixtures like an LCD TV or wall mounted cabinets. For fixtures like mirror and wall hangings light and medium duty anchors can be used, just insert the screw and tighten with screw driver. There is no need for the hammer drills as in the case of brick and mortar walls with the added unpleasantness of the paint and cement flaking out. In the case of heavy fixtures homeowners can resort to expert help instead of taking the matters in their own hands.
Drywall is also lighter than the conventional brick and mortar structure. While building a skyscraper, the prime concern of the architects is to reduce the dead load on the edifice. This can be very well achieved by the dry wall systems without compromising on the strength and with the added advantage of fire-resistant, light, acoustically friendly and beautiful walls.

Steel Stud Framing – The Next Big Thing in Residential Construction

Homo sapiens, which literally means the ‘wise man’, have been very ruthless and reckless to mother earth in its pursuit for a perfect living. Mother earth has enough to satisfy our needs but doesn’t have enough to satisfy our greed and we humans tend to get greedy. The widespread tree felling, which has been done for commercial and residential construction is a matter of concern. We have to look for the alternate materials. Here, the wonder metal, STEEL comes to our rescue. Steel is strong, ductile, malleable, easy to use and above all it is 100% recyclable. The process of Steel Stud Framing as an alternative to wood has taken the construction industry by storm. Steel, as a material for construction, scores over wood in a number of areas. Some of the benefits of using steel in construction are enlisted below:

Durability
Steel does not shrink, swell, split or warp and is non combustible. Whereas wood is prone to all these problems with an added advantage of insect attack.

Ease of use
Steel can be cut to exact lengths eliminating the hassle of onsite cutting and thus the nuisance of saw dust. Steel weighs 60% less than wood and therefore foundation and seismic loads can be reduced. Steel frames are manufactured with pre-punched holes for running piping and electric wiring therefore cutting down time for pre-preparation.

Rough & tough and all terrain material
Steel can be used for construction of all types of homes be it traditional, modern, ultra modern, low cost or luxurious. Steel framed houses are fit for every type of climate.

Environmental Benefits
Steel can be recycled repeatedly with minimum degradation of properties. On the other hand it’s not possible to recycle wood. The extensive tree felling done for the procurement of wood weighs very heavy on the environment.

Homeowner Benefits
The inherent strength of makes steel makes it durable for years without the worry of rotting, splitting or decaying. It is incombustible. Steel framed houses are healthier as they don’t catch molds and many people are known to have as allergy to molds. Steel is sans harmful chemical and adhesives used for treating wood framing products.

Therefore STEEL, in the form of Steel Stud Framing, has now become ‘the preferred material’ for construction of residential properties. Over the years steel has already shown a record performance in terms of quality and durability in commercial building and now steel framing is all set to take the residential construction by a storm.

Steelage Construction Intro

Welcome to Steelage Construction Blog. We are a motivated team of steel-framers and drywallers, who know how to get the job done right and on time. We specialize in all aspects of commercial drywall, metal framing and acoustical ceiling applications.

We provide our services in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North/West Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley.