Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Peoria, IL...more or less
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Right now (for here at any rate), wood still has a slight advantage. Less waste/scrap with metal, but a higher price, enough that it makes a difference.
One other thing, for me at least, is that if you mess up a metal stud, say by cutting an access hole in the wrong place, you often have to replace it. You may be able to salvage part of it, (as you can with a wood stud). But, if you mess up a wood stud in the same way, you can often brace it or sister one in next to it...sometimes it's just easier or quicker.
If this is for a personal project for you, a shed or garage, I wouldn't let any of this influence you at all...basically whatever makes you the most comfortable. For homes, wood is still largely the material of choice, and I don't see that changing much for probably 20 years.
Forgot to mention that I personally find it a helluva lot easier to properly insulate wood construction...spray insulation is very high around here & almost never used on anything that's not fairly sophisticated commercial use, so lesser metal-framed stuff gets foam sheet, usually.
IN: Staring adversity in the face while working on your car and coming out on top
OUT: Finally realizing that every $%&# thing you touch on your car turns to adversity