Wood vs. Metal Studs with Metal Wall Panels

Wood Furring Strips

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Readily available
  • Carpenter can install
  • Minimal thermal transfer

Cons

  • Non treated – will rot
  • Treated – may corrode fasteners
  • Expansion and shrinkage
  • Pull out values of fasteners
  • Requires extra work to strip into system
  • Typically wood conforms to the wall substrate
  • Dissimilar expansion and contraction to metal cladding
  • Fire concerns

Metal Framing

Pros

  • Rigidity spans over low points
  • Expands and contracts at same rate as panels
  • Pull out values are higher
  • No shrinkage
  • Consistent quality size of materials
  • Easier to shim
  • CI Channel is made exclusively for it

Cons

  • Cost
  • Availability – local supply houses
  • Treated – may corrode fasteners
  • Expansion and shrinkage
  • Pull out values of fasteners
  • Requires extra work to strip into system
  • Typically wood conforms to the wall substrate
  • Dissimilar expansion and contraction to metal cladding
  • Fire concerns