Shaftwalls are an essential part of every high-rise or multi-storied building. It’s a fire-resistant wall that will isolate areas with elevators, staircases, and vertical mechanical chases. The shaftwalls should be able to withstand the fluctuations in pressure caused by the movement of high-speed elevators.
Most shaftwalls also offer a significant amountof sound insulation. This prevents the sound of the elevators from traveling outside the elevator shaft. We at Absolute Drywall Construction have installed several shaftwall systems in Washington, D.C., and know the process like the back of our hand.
Why Are Shaftwalls Needed?
Shaftwalls are necessary for the safety of any building. They’re non load-bearing walls that are fire-resistant, and protect the stairwells, elevator shafts, and mechanical enclosures. They offer essential egress routes in case there’s a fire. In most buildings, they’re the only routes that are safe for people to use in emergencies.
Installing fire-resistant shaftwalls in vertical chases and mechanical rooms also keeps essential water, power, communication, exhaust, and fresh air systems intact. At times, that can be the difference between life and death.
We recommend metal framing for shaftwall systems in Baltimore. It’s a better investment in the long-run and would offer another layer of protection to your commercial building. Some of the advantages of metal shaftwall framing are listed below.
- Like shaftwalls, the shaftwall framing also needs to be fire-resistant and resilient. Metal is an ideal material for this. Unlike wood frames, metal frames will withstand fire for a longer time as the material doesn’t really burn and it has a very high melting point.
- Metal is more flexible. We can provide it in any size and shape you want and it can support considerable amount of weight without breaking. Metal framing can also be used for all kinds of gypsum boards, walls, and shaftliners.
- Metal isn’t as vulnerable to problems like mold, insects, and the elements as wood is. That ensures that the shaftwall will also for a very long time without causing any problems.
Poorly installed frames can lead to weaker walls and that would place the lives of the people in the building at risk. We make sure that the installation of shaftwall systems in Northern Virginia is done using the best materials and workmanship and that it is customized to your needs.
For all your shaftwall framing requirements, please feel free to contact us at Absolute Drywall Construction. Our number is 301-977-0218. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.