Most single and multi-family residences and significant number of small to mid size commercial structures utilize wood framing for structural support.
Timber Framing - refers to heavy timber 8" x 8” or larger.
Lumber - surface finished (S4S) wood members equal to or smaller than 6" [...]
Steel structural framing has been used for many years in commercial construction. It is only used rarely for residential construction. The main reason appears to be that “it has always been done that way”. Another reason is probably that homebuilders do not have access to subcontractors [...]
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