For the average person, cold-formed steel framing (CFSF) is hardly anything to get excited about. As with most structural products, the thought process of the everyday man is sort of “out of sight, out of mind.” Once the frame is covered up, it tends to be forgotten. However, for those of us in the cold-formed industry,
CFSF (especially pre-fabricated cold-formed panels and trusses) can be pretty exciting! The tradition-bound world of construction has always been slow to embrace new technologies. Adoption rates for new products can be measured in decades. Such is the case with cold-formed framing; a product that has taken quite some time to evolve into an everyday material in nonresidential construction. However, when compared with other load-bearing materials framing materials, such as structural steel, concrete and CMU, cold-formed steel framing presents designers and contractors with some significant advantages.