One of the first considerations to be made during the building process of any facility is the type of framing to be used. Wood is the most common type of framing, but in recent years, metal framing has gained popularity thanks to its high tensile strength and immense toughness against harsh environmental conditions.
At Vulcan Squad, our team of experts chooses to install metal frames for dispensaries and cultivation facilities because of their cost-effectiveness, reliability, functionality, and innovation. If you are still considering which type of framing is right for your next build, this guide will help you determine whether you should be choosing wood or metal framing.
Metal Frames vs. Wood Frames
Although wood framing has prevailed as the major method of construction for centuries, new technology and improved design methods have made it possible to frame buildings in metal. Metal framing is similar in many ways to wood framing but has several distinct differences that may produce better results. In cannabis cultivation and retail, environment and security is everything, which is why we believe metal framing is the perfect option to support these needs.
Metal framing can be designed to be hollow, making it lighter than wood framing and more manageable. Better still, metal is strong enough to hold a building together with just a stud and track, reducing the amount of material you need to create a stable structure.
While metal framing may be lighter in weight than wood framing, it is far less likely to bend or warp. Metal frames are not affected by harsh environmental conditions like high humidity, moisture, or heat. While wood frames may begin to bend or twist after years of humidity exposure, metal framing is capable of withstanding extreme moisture without warping or bending at all. This is especially beneficial in cultivation facilities, where high humidity and moisture are key for healthy plant growth.
Bugs/Fire/Natural Disaster Protection
Wood framing poses significant risks from a myriad of environmental hazards such as insect infestations, fire risks, and high winds. This is due to its organic composition which makes it a soft target for these elements. On the other hand, metal framing is fortified with extra strength and designed to be durable, making it resistant to elements that can weaken or damage it. Unlike wood, metal cannot be eaten or infested by insects, and it can’t be burned by fires. Also, it provides far more resistance to high winds or natural disasters. Its durability and strength make it an ideal construction material that can stand the test of time. Therefore, it is a wise decision to opt for metal framing when constructing your building or home for a long-lasting, resistant structure.
Currently, Vulcan Squad offers cost-effective metal frame installations across Colorado, Michigan, Florida, South Dakota, New Mexico, and more.