A Drywall made of Wood or Metal

Drywall walls are today in the interior design technical building standard. In crafting, the framework has long been used only from metal profiles. Wood is rarely used. However, as do-it-yourselfers are often very familiar with wood and have the necessary tools, the question quickly arises as to whether the stand should be made of wood or metal. Here are the answers.

Neither wood nor metal is necessarily the better choice

We want to tell you the answer in advance: there is no real and universal reason for preferring either wood or metal as the framework. Historically, wood is the classic building material for the stud.

Wood and its special properties

It has only been increasingly replaced by metal profiles that fit together in a modular system. However, there are also wood profiles, which are offered as a stand construction according to the modular principle. Exactly in this detail lies an argument that could speak against wood in general.

In no case should the first-best wood be used. In any case, it is important to consider the typical properties of wood:

  • Wood absorbs moisture and releases it again
  • Wood expands thermally and warps

The use of wood as a framework

These are ultimately the reasons that are against wood as Stands could speak. However, if you use the right wood, you can largely neutralize these disadvantages. So you should use only finger-jointed squared timber profiles. Only these prevent the wood from warping so much that later cracks in the planking could be detected.

An important reason for many do-it-yourselfers to use wood is the ecological aspect, since it is a renewable resource. The price of wood and metal profiles does not matter if you only use square timbers provided especially for studs.

The use of metal profiles for the stud

This would give us the already mentioned advantages of metal profiles. Particularly striking is the provision in the systematic modular principle. The profiles are perfectly matched and can be used exactly.

Numerous useful accessories are available around the metal framework, so that double-walled drywall walls can be implemented just as easily as suspended ceilings, wall coverings or floors made of drywall elements.

Conclusion: often an individual decision

Ultimately, it is an individual decision whether you prefer the use of wood or metal. As far as the construction period is concerned, neither wood nor metal should take anything if the stud was purchased specifically for this use.

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