The design of interiors, specifically in commercial property, is always driven by the optimal use of materials taking aspects ranging from speed and flexibility of installation to expected design life and ultimately, total installed cost.
Gyproc’s stud and track steel profiles have provided the South African ceiling and partitioning industry with proven solutions for the defined-performance requirements typical to the commercial interiors of retail, healthcare, hospitality and general commercial structures.
The patented UltraSTEEL® work hardening process lies at the heart of the performance of the Gypframe® stud and track products. The process effectively provides a dimpled appearance to the steel strips from which the profiles are formed. Many products offer a knurled surface, that appears very similar to the unique Gypframe® stud, however the stiffness of the stud and screw retention does not match, when comparing profiles of the same gauge of steel.
Requirements for stud and track within the commercial environment range from temporary hoardings installed in retail spaces during the refurbishment of tenant space or public areas to high performance fire-resistant walls within the same project.
It is this wide range of performance characteristics that manufacturers must take into account when considering the performance envelope of wall frame products. Gyproc has always considered that making provision for a conservative safety factor an important aspect for systems that are durable.
Trends within the industry and advances in steel manufacture have allowed for the progressive reduction in steel thickness for general purpose stud and track where no specific performance is required. Gyproc has recognised that, for general purpose usage a Gypframe® UltraSTEEL® stud and track product would be needed.
Following extensive in-house testing and installer acceptance reviews the new Gypframe® Essential wall frame has been developed and is now available to the ceiling and partitioning industry.
Gypframe Essential Wall is available in the most commonly used 63.5 mm width for stud and track, with an assortment of stud lengths most popularly used in general commercial work.
Corrosion resistance is aligned with the guidelines provided by the South African Building Interior Systems Association. Fixing of light-weight boards, typically the 12.5 mm RhinoBoard®, remains as reliable as the thicker Gypframe® UltraSTEEL® studs.
There are some constraints; installation in highly demanding environments, where moisture or fire resistant boards are required, high impact and walls higher than four metres is not advised. Gyproc considers these installations to be specific performance as opposed to fit-for-purpose.
When considering the ultimate performance and stiffness of a drywall three factors must be taken into account. Firstly, the stiffness and structure of the board, secondly the durability and rigidity of the stud and track to which the board is to be fixed, and finally the integrity of the fixing of the board by means of the sharp-point screw.
The unseen backbone of drywall systems, the steel frame, is the base for ultimate performance and should never be overlooked or compromised in interior designs. Gyproc’s technical team provides product support to architects, contractors and have a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding wall frame and ceiling grids. For more information, contact the Gyproc technical team on the toll free number: 0860 272 829.