Steel channel is considered to be a versatile product, which is available in number of sizes and thicknesses.
Steel channel has many different uses, which are mostly for structural applications and following are few common examples:
Steel channel mostly used like studs to build walls are meant for garages, workshops, warehouses and other type of metal buildings.
Comparing with wood stud, these steel channels can support much greater weight and also much more rigid, though weight difference between them is negligible.
- Pole barn walls
In pole barns for forming the walls steel channel are used, where horizontally it is run from one pole to other for providing an attachment point meant for siding on exterior.
Besides, it is run along interior to offer support for drywall and interior wall finishes.
Steel channel is used as rafters on light-duty roofs for running from eaves of roof to ridge, where support for roof deck is provided.
In place of wooden rafter’s steel channel is used, which is smaller and lighter and still can support the same weight.
- Door and window frames
For creating secure frames for doors and windows steel channel is used for both wood and metal-framed buildings. 4 pieces will be cut on each end with miter joints, and channel slides on the wall in door or window opening.
- Wood beam supports
If extra strength is required in wood-framed building, then steel channel is used for increasing the strength and rigidity of wooden beams. Alternatively, smaller sized steel channel may be placed at bottom of beam to increase strength.
- Vehicle frames
In order to construct frames of vehicles, steel channel can often be used, and is specially-formed for doing that particular function.
Typically, heavy-duty steel channel is used for creating main frame rails, which runs from front of vehicle to back.
For construction of trailers, steel channel is usually used, which also includes box trailers, flatbed trailers and also travel trailers or RVs. For creating tongue and main frame rails heavy-duty steel channel is used, where it will attach to towing vehicle.
- Metal buildings
Often steel channel is also used along with I-beams or any other steel products for building industrial and commercial buildings, like warehouses.
It is able to act as studs, girts, joists, braces or any other structural components, in case added strength of I-beam is not needed. Often it is bolted, welded or riveted and provides enough rigidity and strength for its weight.