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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common questions about our metal framing systems, DIY kits, and more. If you can't find it here, feel free to contact us directly!

Are the plans engineered?

The plan you choose represents the skeleton of your structure. To secure building permits, you will likely need to include additional details specific to your area prior to submitting the plan package to your local building department. Details may include state specific engineered stamped drawings for: The site plan, foundation, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing,) and energy compliance documents. To obtain these additional plan components, please contact a local draftsman or contact our recommended service provider, New Beginnings Engineering, at 949-397-5191

Are there on-site benefits for construction with FrameUpNow Light Gauge Steel Framing Systems?

Steel frames are precision engineered, dimensionally accurate, straight and true (there is no need for frame straightening), and panels arrive at the site prefabricated and ready for installation. Builders and trades say they appreciate the lightweight nature of steel.

Components, panels and trusses can improve on-site efficiency and also eliminate all on site framing waste.

How do I know that steel frames will be strong enough?

Steel is inherently strong, FrameUpNow uses 20-gauge steel for interior panels and 18-gauge steel for exterior walls. High tensile steel components and joining methods are engineered to meet the relevant structural Code requirements.

How can I be assured that steel frames components and panels made by FrameUpNow are good quality?

The frames manufactured by FrameUpNow are cold-formed from quality steel rolls to strict tolerances which fully comply with all code standards. Light gauge steel framing is a precision engineered product manufactured to accurate dimensions. This means that walls are straight and true. FrameUpNow steel frames don’t shrink, twist or warp over time which will help reduce builder call-backs and ongoing maintenance issues.

Have steel framed buildings been proven over time?

Steel framing has been successfully used in commercial building since the early 1950’s and in recent years has gained in popularity for housing. Modern technology of design and automated extrusion produce quality residential framing superior to wood.

Is steel framing termite proof?

Frames made from steel are 100% termite proof. As anyone who’s had to deal with termites would probably tell you, it’s worth doing everything you can to stop them, right from the start. Termites can slowly and silently destroy a wood frame home.

Can steel framing reduce casualty insurance premiums?

Yes. Many insurance companies now provide discounts for steel framing.

If I use a steel frame how much flexibility do I have with design?

FrameUpNow can produce parts, panels and trusses for almost any one or two-story home designs. Why? Because house frames made from steel have a high strength-to-weight ratio and stay straight and true, they’re an ideal choice for modern home design. Long spans, open plan living spaces, architectural rooflines; they’re all possible with the inner strength of FrameUpNow cold-formed (CFS) framing. And frames made by FrameUpNow are suitable for both flat and sloping roof lines.

Is more trade skill required to work with steel framing?

Any trade can work with steel framing. Sheer wall, siding and stucco go up fast due to the straight lines of a frame FrameUpNow framing. Pre-punched electrical and plumbing service holes help make installation easier for plumbers and electricians. FrameUpNow framing is installed by qualified framers who can work with both steel and wood. Trades are increasingly becoming experienced with working with steel as more builders adopt steel framing in their product offering.

How can I find out how to install steel frames?

If you’re new to light gauge steel frames you will be surprised just how easy frames made by FrameUpNow are to assemble. We hold training sessions for framers and have a series of helpful videos.

Can a frame made by FrameUpNow accommodate window flashing detail siding?

Yes, similar to wood openings and specific advice is available from window and cladding manufacturers.

Is there initial or ongoing movement of steel frames?

There will be no initial shrinkage or swelling of a FrameUpNow frame as there is no absorption or drying of moisture in steel frames. Steel frames won’t shrink, twist or warp over time so there’s less chance of sticking doors and window jambs, nail pops and wavy wall lines due to frame movement.

Can I build on piers or a concrete slab?

Yes, FrameUpNow framing can be fixed directly to a concrete slab, or to steel flooring systems of brick, concrete, or steel piers.

Are FrameUpNow steel framed homes thermally efficient?

A FrameUpNow steel framed home can be lined, insulated and clad in a variety of ways which can deliver the desired thermal and acoustic properties.

How to fix door jambs?

To fix door jambs use suitable screws for timber/steel.

Siding installation?

Screwed tight with suitable steel fixing screws. The sheer wall provides a thermal break between siding and steel framing.