Structural & Drywall Metal Stud Prices – South US April 2024

Structural & Drywall Metal Stud Prices – South US April 2024

Metal stud prices in North America are rising as of April 2024, but not significantly. The north American commercial construction industry seems to be surging, after a slow February we’re experiencing increase in demands for engineered trusses and metal studs. We manufacture metal studs with widths from 1 5/8″ to 14″ inches and flanges from 1-1/4″ to 4″ in gauges 10-28(.118 mils to .015 mils). We recently launched a new page dedicated to clips and accessories for metal framing.

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Drywall Metal Stud Pricing Per Linear Foot

20 gauge (23 mil EQ20)

362S125-233 5/8″ Stud$0.61
362T125-233 5/8″ Track$0.55
600S125-236″ Stud$0.80
600T125-236″ Track$0.75

25 Gauge (18 mil)

362S125-183 5/8″ Stud$0.51
362T125-183 5/8″ Track$0.47
600S125-186″ Stud$0.67
600T125-186″ Track$0.62

18-gauge Structural Metal Stud Prices per ft

362S162-433 5/8″ Stud$1.37
362T200-433 5/8″ Track$1.37
400S162-434″ Stud$1.46
400T200-434″ Track$1.46
600S162-436″ Stud$1.78
600T200-436″ Track$1.78
800S162-438″ Stud$2.11
800T200-438″ Track$2.11
1000S162-4310″ Stud$2.48
1000T200-4310″ Track$2.48
1200S162-4312″ Stud$2.81
1200T200-4312″ Track$2.81

16-gauge Structural Metal Stud Prices per ft

362S162-543 5/8″ Stud$1.66
362T200-543 5/8″ Track$1.66
400S162-544″ Stud$1.76
400T200-544″ Track$1.76
600S162-546″ Stud$2.17
600T200-546″ Track$2.17
800S162-548″ Stud$2.57
800T200-548″ Track$2.57
1000S162-5410″ Stud$3.02
1000T200-5410″ Track$3.02
1200S162-5412″ Stud$3.44
1200T200-5412″ Track$3.44

14-gauge Structural Metal Stud Prices per ft

362S162-683 5/8″ Stud$2.18
362T200-683 5/8″ Track$2.18
400S162-684″ Stud$2.32
400T200-684″ Track$2.32
600S162-686″ Stud$2.86
600T200-686″ Track$2.86
800S162-688″ Stud$3.40
800T200-688″ Track$3.40
1000S162-6810″ Stud$4.01
1000T200-6810″ Track$4.01
1200S162-6812″ Stud$4.56
1200T200-6812″ Track$4.56

12-gauge Structural Metal Stud Prices per ft

362S162-973 5/8″ Stud$4.33
362T200-973 5/8″ Track$4.20
400S162-974″ Stud$4.54
400T200-974″ Track$4.41
600S162-976″ Stud$5.64
600T200-976″ Track$5.51
800S162-978″ Stud$6.75
800T200-978″ Track$6.61
1000S162-9710″ Stud$7.85
1000T200-9710″ Track$7.72
1200S162-9712″ Stud$8.95
1200T200-9712″ Track$8.82

10-gauge Structural Metal Stud Prices per ft

362S162-1183 5/8″ Stud$5.27
362T200-1183 5/8″ Track$5.11
400S162-1184″ Stud$5.53
400T200-1184″ Track$5.36
600S162-1186″ Stud$6.87
600T200-1186″ Track$6.71
800S162-1188″ Stud$8.21
800T200-1188″ Track$8.05
1000S162-11810″ Stud$9.55
1000T200-11810″ Track$9.39
1200S162-11812″ Stud$10.89
1200T200-11812″ Track$10.73

18-gauge large flange size studs (2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″)

362S200-43$1.53
400S200-43$1.62
600S200-43$1.95
800S200-43$2.28
1000S200-43$2.68
1200S200-43$3.02
362S250-43$1.74
400S250-43$1.83
600S250-43$2.17
800S250-43$2.51
1000S250-43$2.93
362S300-43$2.59
400S300-43$2.69
600S300-43$3.18
800S300-43$3.67
1000S300-43$4.15
1200S300-43$4.64
362S350-43$2.84
400S350-43$2.93
600S350-43$3.42
800S350-43$3.91
1000S350-43$4.40
1200S350-43$4.89

16-gauge large flange size studs (2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″)

362S200-54$1.86
400S200-54$1.96
600S200-54$2.37
800S200-54$2.79
1000S200-54$3.28
1200S200-54$3.70
362S250-54$2.12
400S250-54$2.22
600S250-54$2.64
800S250-54$3.07
1000S250-54$3.58
362S300-54$3.26
400S300-54$3.38
600S300-54$3.99
800S300-54$4.60
1000S300-54$5.22
1200S300-54$5.83
362S350-54$3.57
400S350-54$3.68
600S350-54$4.30
800S350-54$4.91
1000S350-54$5.52
1200S350-54$6.14

14-gauge large flange size studs (2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″)

362S200-68$2.45
400S200-68$2.58
600S200-68$3.14
800S200-68$3.69
1000S200-68$4.35
1200S200-68$4.92
362S250-68$2.79
400S250-68$2.94
600S250-68$3.50
800S250-68$4.07
1000S250-68$4.76
362S300-68$4.10
400S300-68$4.25
600S300-68$5.02
800S300-68$5.80
1000S300-68$6.57
1200S300-68$7.34
362S350-68$4.49
400S350-68$4.64
600S350-68$5.41
800S350-68$6.18
1000S350-68$6.96
1200S350-68$7.73

12-gauge large flange size studs (2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″)

362S200-97$4.75
400S200-97$4.96
600S200-97$6.06
800S200-97$7.17
1000S200-97$8.27
1200S200-97$9.37
362S250-97$5.30
400S250-97$5.51
600S250-97$6.61
800S250-97$7.72
1000S250-97$8.82
362S300-97$5.85
400S300-97$6.06
600S300-97$7.17
800S300-97$8.27
1000S300-97$9.37
1200S300-97$10.47
362S350-97$6.40
400S350-97$6.61
600S350-97$7.72
800S350-97$8.82
1000S350-97$9.92
1200S350-97$11.02

10-gauge large flange size studs (2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″)

362S200-118$5.78
400S200-118$6.03
600S200-118$7.38
800S200-118$8.72
1000S200-118$10.06
1200S200-118$11.40
362S250-118$6.45
400S250-118$6.71
600S250-118$8.05
800S250-118$9.39
1000S250-118$10.73
362S300-118$7.12
400S300-118$7.38
600S300-118$8.72
800S300-118$10.06
1000S300-118$11.40
1200S300-118$12.74
362S350-118$7.79
400S350-118$8.05
600S350-118$9.39
800S350-118$10.73
1000S350-118$12.07
1200S350-118$13.41

Steel Framing Accessories

RC1 (12′)Resilient Channel$4.32
RC-2 (12″)Resilient Channel$5.08
150U50-43 (16′)U-CHANNEL (CRC)$8.73
150U50-54 (16′)U-CHANNEL (CRC)$12.14

Why are metal studs not used more in houses?

  • Thermal conductivity: Metal is a great conductor of heat and cold. This means metal studs create thermal bridges within walls, allowing heat to escape in winter and enter in summer. This reduces energy efficiency compared to wood-framed homes.
  • Difficulty working with: Cutting metal studs requires specialized tools, unlike wood which can be cut with standard saws. Handling steel studs can also be more difficult for DIYers.
  • Installation of utilities: Running electrical wires through metal studs necessitates extra grommets to prevent the metal from damaging the wires. This adds a step to the installation process.
  • Limited availability and sizing: Home improvement stores usually carry a smaller selection of sizes and types of metal studs compared to wooden studs.
  • Cost: Metal studs are more expensive than comparable wood studs.
  • Drywall fastening: Attaching drywall to metal studs can be trickier than with wood. Misplaced screws can spin without catching, requiring more practice.
  • Sound transmission: Metal studs can transmit noise more readily than wood, depending on construction methods.

Reasons Metal Studs Might Be Used

Despite these points, there are situations where metal studs are preferred:

  • Straightness and consistency: Metal studs are perfectly straight and don’t suffer from warping, bowing, or knots like wood.
  • Fire resistance: Metal studs won’t burn, increasing fire resistance in a building.
  • Pest and rot resistance: Termites, carpenter ants, and rot can’t affect metal studs.
  • Recyclability: Metal studs are more easily recycled than wood.

Why are more people moving to steel framing over wood due to insurance rates?

  • Fire Resistance: Steel studs don’t burn. In areas prone to wildfires or where fire risk is high, this increased fire resistance can greatly reduce the overall risk profile of a home, potentially resulting in lower insurance premiums.
  • Termite/Pest Resistance: Termite damage and other pest infestations cause significant losses for insurance companies. Steel’s immunity to these pests eliminates the risk, potentially leading to savings on premiums in termite-prone areas.
  • Structural Durability: In hurricane-prone or earthquake-prone regions, steel-framed homes may withstand extreme weather conditions better than traditional wood framing. This could mean fewer instances of severe damage claims and potentially a better insurance rate.

Important Considerations:

  • Location Matters: The benefits for insurance rates related to steel framing are most significant in areas facing the specific risks outlined above. If you don’t live in a wildfire, termite, or hurricane-prone zone, the impact on insurance may be negligible.
  • Overall Construction: Insurance premiums are based on a complex set of factors. Framing is just one aspect. Roof type, age of the home, building codes, and even proximity to fire hydrants all play a role.
  • Not Universal: Some insurance companies might not offer specific discounts for steel framing. It’s always best to get multiple quotes and compare policies, mentioning your home’s construction.

To get a clearer picture, consider:

  • Contact your insurance provider: Ask directly if they offer any specific benefits for homes with steel framing.
  • Get quotes: Check premiums for comparable homes with steel vs. wood construction in your region. This gives you the most accurate comparison.

Additional Recourses

Drywall Metal Studs: Non-Structural Metal Framing
Structural Metal Studs

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