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Pros & Cons of Using LGSF For Load Bearing

Frameclad provides multi-story buildings using a system that incorporates external walls, load-bearing walls, floors, and roofs. Light gauge steel frame load-bearing solutions are often the first choice for the construction industry, and for good reason.

The Advantages of using Light Gauge Steel Frame Load Bearing


Lightweight steel is very strong, despite the fact that it’s pretty light when compared to traditional methods of construction. The durable nature of steel frame load-bearing is a big advantage of this material for use in construction, especially for making a load bearing wall and frame structure. It is strong enough to reach up to ten stories high and beyond.

Steel is a very strong material to build with. This strength and the fact that steel is non-combustible means that it’s able to withstand all kinds of wear and tear, including natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, and even earthquakes. This makes it an excellent choice for building long-lasting, sturdy structures.

Because it is an engineered solution then all-natural and extreme occurrences are modelled into a project or design to provide unrivalled peace of mind for the specifier and eventual occupant.


Light gauge steel framing is considerably lighter than other options. This makes it very easy to handle on a construction project, and it requires a smaller and lighter size of the foundation.

Flexible Design

A light gauge steel frame construction can be easily changed and modified at any point during its life service. Any wall that isn’t load-bearing can be relocated, removed, or altered very simply, with minimal fuss. More substantial reconfiguration of the load bearing elements of the structure can be achieved too but require additional engineering qualification prior to going ahead.

Frameclad rationalize the amount of load bearing walls in a structure to provide the most opportunity for reconfiguration possible.

Speed of Construction

The structural steel frame can be put up very quickly. Because the structural parts are already prefabricated, they can be erected rapidly. The lightweight of the steel framing also makes it easy to handle, which speeds up work too.

When a light gauge steel frame is made, structure and nonstructural members are all made in a factory. This means less work needs to be done on the project site, less waste is produced, and the construction work will be of better quality.

Eco-friendly Solution

All steel products are recyclable, which makes this a more eco-friendly choice than other construction materials that can’t be reused.

Lightweight steel is a high-quality material, so buildings that are built with it are of good quality too. Buildings will be durable, and will also be low maintenance, meaning fewer materials are needed in the future, reducing waste. Also, steel doesn’t rot, shrink, warp, or suffer from decomposition.

The Disadvantages of using Light Gauge Steel Frame Load Bearing

Light gauge steel frame load-bearing is made with a non-combustible material. Despite this, it does need to be protected from fire with properly fire-rated boarding, as it will lose its strength in a fire.

By paying attention and recognising requirements and regulations it is easy to achieve a building that performs to the desired and required levels of acoustic, thermal and fire performance. Their requirements change by sector and different wall and floor build-ups are created by Frameclad to satisfy these.

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