Timber stud walls are an internal stud partition secured to the floor, ceiling and walls designed to create rooms within a building structure which are then usually clad each side with plaster board and when decorated looks like an integral part of your building. Often the cavity of internal walls will include a sound insulation product to reduce sound transference from one habitable space to another.
Timber stud walling can also achieve fire rating specification depending on the type and quantity of plasterboard layers applied to each side of the wall. Fire rating works are requested by the local build control authority when buildings meet certain criteria, for example, houses with living space on more than 2 floors or multi dwelling housing such as flats or apartments. All such works would be directed by the Architect who would ordinarily have liaised with the local fire officer at the design stages.
Although commonly only used as a way of partitioning areas timber stud walls can also be load bearing walls when clad each side with a plywood material. Any load bearing works would always be directed by a structural engineer.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A TIMBER STUD WALL?
Timber is one of the few natural building materials making it ecological and sustainable and a renewable building material
Quicker to install then your traditional block walls
Can be load bearing
WHAT IS THE INSTALLATION PROCESS OF A TIMBER STUD WALL?
Load bearing stud walls would be erected in conjunction with the main structural works programme of the general structure as it is likely that these walls would help to support floor joists, beams, load bearing walls above or roofing structure.
More commonly internal dividing stud walling would be erected after the structure has been built, timber sole plates would be accurately fitted to the structural floor and fixed into position, a timber head plate would then be fitted directly above to the underside of the floor or ceiling joist above.
The upright members of the wall are referred to as the studs, these are cut tightly between the sole plate and the head plate then skew nailed into each top and bottom, where such studs abut other walls they would be fixed to the abutted wall.
The studs would be set out at equal centres apart at either 300mm, 400mm or 600mm apart but always to suit the width of the covering material to save unnecessary wastage.
An extra horizontal timber member known as a noggin will be cut between each vertical stud and fixed at half height of the wall, there may be more than one noggin required on walls with increased height, these make the wall more rigid and stable, again these are skew nailed to the studs.
Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of timber stud walls. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.
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