Metal stud prices are falling as of August and September 2023. There are many factors looming over the steel industry currently. The biggest issue is a potential automotive strike that is brewing in the North East. This would greatly reduce demand for metal. Another is scheduled steel mill closures for maintenance happening from September to November this year. Industry veterans expect steel to keep dropping for the next 50-60 days. The metal stud prices usually lag 1-2 months behind as metal stud manufactures and distributors will to continue to price based on current inventory.
18 gauge (43 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot
|3 5/8″ Stud||362S162-43||$1.30|
|3 5/8″ Track||362T200-43||$1.30|
16 gauge (54 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot
|3 5/8″ Stud||362S162-54||$1.57|
|3 5/8″ Track||362T200-54||$1.57|
14 gauge (68 mil) Metal Stud Prices Per Linear Foot
|3 5/8″ Stud||362S162-68||$2.01|
|3 5/8″ Track||362T200-68||$2.01|
Areas where we are competitive in based on shipping?
US Frame Factory has established a competitive edge by directly shipping to clients in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Arkansas, streamlining operations and serving thriving markets efficiently. We are competitive beyond these primary regions. Having recently done projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Demonstrating our commitment to delivering top-notch products to construction professionals nationwide. With a focus on customer satisfaction, efficiency, and quality. Here are some estimates for a full semi-trailer load(47 lbs) to these locations.
- Houston, TX $750
- Beaumont, TX $550
- Corpus Christi, TX $1250
- San Antonio, TX $1250
- Waco, TX $1200
- Austin, TX $1150
- Baton Rouge, LA $400
- Lafayette, LA Free
- Lake Charles, LA $450
- New Orleans, LA $550
- Shreveport, LA $700
- Mobile, AL $650
- Tampa, FL $1950
- Pensacola, FL $850
- Tallahassee, FL $1300
- Orlando, FL $2000
- Sarasota, FL $2100
- Miami, FL $2500
What should your metal stud buying strategy be?
Metal stud prices are currently falling and projected to bottom off in 50-60 days. If you can hold off-ordering for large projects I would wait.
Metal stud framing vs Traditional Wood Framing Costs
As of September 2023, a 2 in. x 6 in. x 20 ft pressure-treated piece of structural wooden framing costs around $20.48, while an equivalent 20 ft. x 18 ga stud is priced at $34. If you’re looking for higher quality, now might be a good time to consider building a metal house. Wood is currently about 40% cheaper, even when using prefabricated lengths for materials. However, labor costs for metal framing are likely 10-20% higher. Metal becomes more competitive with wood when used in a prefabricated manner, such as pre-assembled wall panels, allowing us to build a house under $100 per square foot. Nevertheless, wood still offers a more affordable upfront cost for construction when suitable. It is cheaper and easier to work with, but it is prone to fire, rot, pests, warping, and shrinking. On the other hand, metal is straighter, more uniform, and resistant to rot, but it is more expensive and poses greater challenges during the construction process.
Ideal Metal Stud application for large scale pre-fabricated wall-panels.
Large-scale panel manufacturing with metal stud wall panels for constructing large buildings offers many advantages:
- Faster Construction
- Cost Efficiency
- Consistent Quality
- Reduced Waste
- Enhanced Structural Integrity
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Design Flexibility
- Safer Construction
- Predictable Schedules
- Reduced Skilled Labor Dependency