THE IMPORTANCE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE STEEL FRAMING

Using the correct metal framing systems as part of a drywall solution helps meet the demands of developers and occupants and prevents costly, complex and avoidable failures.

Gypframe® wall-frame profiles are continually improved to be stronger, more installer-friendly, offer superior acoustic properties and increasingly sustainable.

Plasterboard clad walls offer a wide range of benefits throughout the value chain in all manner of structures, contributing to their popularity for the interior fit out throughout the South African construction sector.

The plastered, sleek and pleasing face of drywall can all-too-often hide a framework of stud and track that does not provide an efficient backbone for securing plasterboard with the appropriate drywall screws.

Gyproc’s Gypframe® metal framing systems are considered, designed and tested as part of dynamic drywall solution. Gypframe® wall-frame profiles are continually improved to be stronger, more installer-friendly, offer superior acoustic properties and increasingly sustainable.

The construction industry faces ever-increasing pressure to develop the built environment quicker, more cost-effectively, while at the same time reducing the negative impact that construction activities have on the environment.

Expectations for wall frame solutions include extra-height, superior acoustic performance and increased screw bonding stiffness. Fresh, aesthetically appealing interiors that combine form and function are demanded by developers and occupants.

These expectations can increasingly be met with the correct steel wall frames. The benefit that can be realised with locally formed profiles extends beyond the apparent; the product is fully recyclable and the carbon footprint can be significantly reduced when steel produced in Southern Africa is used.

At Saint-Gobain, steel profiles are seen as components within the greater interior systems fit-out solution that include screws, plasterboards and insulation. Following this approach drives the design of wall frame profiles to work in harmony to meet local building regulations and customer expectations.

A range of profiles, each designed with specific performance characteristics, is possible. Deep channel floor tracks, allowing for the fixing of board across range of screed situations complemented by similar track for deflection heads are available. C, Z and I -stud profiles of varying thickness provide torsional rigidity for walls in combination with the plasterboard and drywall screws.

Individual products that are produced without consideration of their dynamic performance relative to other materials, products and aspects of structures, compromise the overall performance, which in a worst-case scenario, places well-being of installers and later occupants in danger.

The importance of high-performance steel framing tested as an integral part of a laboratory-tested drywall system should never be overlooked.  Once the wall frame has been boarded and plaster applied remedial interventions, required when partial failure occurs are costly, complex and avoidable. Saint-Gobain’s Gypframe® wall frame solutions have provided decades of efficient solutions combined with Gyproc RhinoBoard®, finished with RhinoLite® gypsum plaster.

 

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