Cold-formed steel framing began as a kind of alternative lumber but it is has finally come into its own. Basic steel studs and track no longer need to be cut and combined to create more complex shapes for headers and other special framing conditions. Standardized, code-approved, pre-fabricated elements solve challenges quickly, consistently and reliably. They speed up construction and streamline inspections, saving time and headaches. These standardized components also improve job site safety through less cutting and welding.
This article explores header systems, wide flange jamb studs, and top-of-wall connections.