More and more owners and general contractors are resorting to panelized construction in their never-ending quest for cost savings and shorter construction timelines. In this blog post, we’ll look at the many types of Light Gauge Steel Wall Panels building that are being done in the US. Light Gauge Steel is ideal for offsite construction as its easy to from with an automated operation and light enough to be stacked and transported with ease.
More and more owners and general contractors are resorting to panelized construction in their never-ending quest for cost savings and shorter construction timelines.
Introducing Off-site Panel Construction
Like the name suggests, Panel construction is the process of building sections of walls, floors, and roofs in a factory, shipping them to the construction site, and installing them with a crane or lift at the project site.
The primary Light gauge steel wall panel applications are.
- Exterior Load Baring Wall Panels.
- Interior Buildout Panels Non-load Baring
- Exterior cladding panels
The level of completion varies. We here at US Frame Factory only do bare steel studs. We have hope to add gypsum sheathing, insulation, and MEP elements. Each one with its pros an cons.
Exterior Load Baring Steel Wall Panels
We primarily build these at US Frame Factory. These are lightest and easiest to work with. The panels are designed to be handled by two men without the aid of skid steers. Usually 10′ tall by 8′ wide they can be efficiently stacked and transported on a hot shot.
Insulated Light gauge steel panels
For clients wanting an even faster timeline. The next for prefabrication is adding factory installed insulation. There are companies who specialized on a more finished panel. Wally Walls in Wisconsin has built in insulation with their structural walls.
Exterior cladding panels
Many companies niche themselves into the industry by manufacturing only one type of wall panel. Southern Wall Systems focuses primarily on façade exterior cladding of large buildings in the Atlanta area. However the build process stays the same, start with a prefabricated steel wall panel.
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