Structural & Drywall Metal Stud Prices – South US October 2023

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At US Frame Factory, we manufacture structural metal studs, interior drywall metal studs, screws, clips, and strapping. Metal stud prices are stable as of October 2023. Metal stud prices are closely related to car manufacturing, which is currently experiencing a strike in the US. This is because metal stud manufacturers often buy surplus steel that was manufactured for the auto industry. We can expect metal stud prices to rise once the strike ends. So pricing, while temporarily stable, could experience volatility in the near future.

Drywall Metal Stud Pricing Per Linear Foot

20 gauge (23 mil EQ20)

3 5/8″ Stud362S125-23$0.58
3 5/8″ Track362T125-23$0.54
6″ Stud600S125-23$0.76
6″ Track600T125-23$0.72

25 Gauge (18 mil)

3 5/8″ Stud362S125-18$0.50
3 5/8″ Track362T125-18$0.46
6″ Stud600S125-18$0.65
6″ Track600T125-18$0.61

18 gauge (43 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot

3 5/8″ Stud362S162-43$1.32
3 5/8″ Track362T200-43$1.32
6″ Stud600S162-43$1.71
6″ Track600T200-43$1.71
8″ Stud800S162-43$2.02
8″ Track800T200-43$2.02
10″ Stud1000S162-43$2.37
10″ Track1000T200-43$2.37
12″ Stud1200S162-43$2.69
12″ Track1200T200-43$2.69

16 gauge (54 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot

3 5/8″ Stud362S162-54$1.67
3 5/8″ Track362T200-54$1.67
6″ Stud600S162-54$2.17
6″ Track600T200-54$2.17
8″ Stud800S162-54$2.57
8″ Track800T200-54$2.57
10″ Stud1000S162-54$3.02
10″ Track1000T200-54$3.02
12″ Stud1200S162-54$3.43
12″ Track1200T200-54$3.43

14 gauge (68 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot

3 5/8″ Stud362S162-68$2.18
3 5/8″ Track362T200-68$2.18
6″ Stud600S162-68$2.86
6″ Track600T200-68$2.86
8″ Stud800S162-68$3.40
8″ Track800T200-68$3.40
10″ Stud1000S162-68$4.01
10″ Track1000T200-68$4.01
12″ Stud1200S162-68$4.56
12″ Track1200T200-68$4.56

Is the length of metal studs a factor in determining the pricing?

No, our studs are each custom-cut to the required length and priced per linear foot using a predetermined algorithm. The pricing remains constant until you reach 1500 linear feet of metal studs, at which point it gradually decreases.

What is your usual lead time for metal studs?

We maintain limited stock of steel for most profiles and can fabricate the metal within 1-2 days. However, for larger custom-length orders, please anticipate a lead time of 1-2 weeks.

What metal stud sizes do we offer?

We produce metal studs with widths ranging from 1-5/8 inches to 12 inches and flange widths ranging from 1-1/4 inches to 2-1/2 inches in height. Our manufacturing capabilities span from 28-gauge to 12-gauge thickness.

Are 20 gauge metal studs structural?

When people refer to 20 gauge metal studs they’re typically referring to EQ20 Gauge studs. EQ20 gauge studs are a type of steel stud that is thinner than standard 20 gauge studs, but has a higher yield strength. This means that they can support the same loads as standard 20 gauge studs, but use less steel. EQ20 Gauge studs are typically used for non-load bearing interior walls, such as partitions and closets. They shouldn’t be used for load baring wall applications.

Can cold-formed steel be used to construct multi-story structures?

Yes, you can go up to 5-6 stories with just Cold-Formed Steel. Cold-formed steel (CFS) is suitable for constructing multi-story structures due to its strength, durability, lightweight properties, and design flexibility. It offers advantages such as consistent dimensions, quick assembly, and sustainability, making it a viable choice for a range of construction applications. However, it’s crucial to collaborate with experienced professionals who understand CFS properties and local building codes to ensure the safe and efficient use of cold-formed steel in multi-story building projects.

Additional Resources

Metal Stud Manufacturing: Light-gauge steel roll-forming

Metal Stud Framing Subcontractors in Louisiana/South Texas 2023

Metal Stud Nomenclature for framing in North America

Structural Metal Studs

Drywall Metal Studs: Non-Structural Metal Framing

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