Complete system delivers benefits

Metsec supports main contractors and specialist steel framing contractors by maximising the benefits of design, speed and efficiency delivered by SFS, its steel framing system. It does so by demonstrating the importance and value of taking full advantage of the entire system.

Metsec view the complete system as being far more than the high performance, lightweight steel framing components that make up the SFS product; it also includes the value engineered design and fully detailed drawings, prepared by the steel suppliers’ technical team, the full range of standard and bespoke accessories, available for completeness of installation, together with the expert sales and technical support provided from initial consultation through to final installation.

Structural engineering expertise and vast practical construction experience have enabled Metsec’s design teams to create an innovative approach to the design of structural openings. The prime objective with every project is to deliver a solution that meets all of the performance requirements, whilst maximising the economic benefits of efficient design and installation. This allows Metsec to significantly reduce the overall weight of steel at design stage, without sacrificing the building’s functionality, appearance or performance. The result is a more efficient and cost-effective solution. The ‘free design’ services offered by some suppliers rely on over-engineered design solutions which can increase the overall weight and value of steel used, resulting in an uneconomic solution for both the installer and main contractor.

SFS epitomises Metsec’s drive to lead the way in lightweight steel construction solutions by meeting the industry’s need for time, cost and production efficiency. Official recognition of this comes from the Faithful and Gould report, which concluded that SFS can deliver cost savings of up to 39% over traditional block work in the construction of inner leaves of external walls.

SFS also continues to evolve and improve through Metsec’s research and development initiatives. New product innovations, such as the slotted head deflection track and accessories range, enhance the system’s efficiency and assure the delivery of continued benefits to the entire construction team.

Steve Ginger, sales director for Metsec’s Framing Division, comments, “Whilst SFS might appear to be a complex building product, expert solution design, coupled with approved construction drawings and a professional SFS installation company, make it a simple, straightforward system to incorporate into virtually any project.

More importantly, following this disciplined route from design through to final installation, utilising the expertise of our own in-house design team as well as the system’s dedicated and bespoke accessories, ensures that the project benefits from the impressive time and cost savings that SFS delivers”.

Metsec provides regular monthly training days for their approved installers and ensures that the highest level of workmanship is delivered on site with the comfort and benefit of total assurance from Metsec’s comprehensive design warranty and professional indemnity insurance.

Further details on SFS and other Metsec products can be found at, by contacting Metsec on 0121 601 6000 or emailing

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