Light Gauge Steel (LGS) construction is a building construction system where all the structural building elements are prefabricated from galvanised steel.
Light Gauge Steel (LGS) construction is a building construction system where all the structural building elements are prefabricated from galvanised steel. LGS is typically thin sheet (generally 0.5mm to 1.5mm thick) of high grade steel that is roll formed into various shapes and sizes for construction. Roll forming produces light but very high tensile steel studs and the steel surface is galvanized (Zinc coated) to seal it from the corrosive action of its environment. These factors result in a material that is solid, rigid, strong, durable and easier to build with. Studs are joined together to form frames , joists that are used for walls or floors. Roof truss framing can also be produced with this system and together with all other bracing components, a complete structure can be produced with this technology.
Height restrictions apply depending on the thickness and the form of the profiles of steel used. Electrical and plumbing considerations are essentially encompassed within the frame-work of the cladding.
Sophisticated design programs have been developed to carry out the structural design of each element required for a building and to electronically convey the dimensional specifications to the roll-forming facility.
There are several advantages of light steel frame construction compared with conven-tional building in terms of quality, cost, durability and speed. :