Stick Framing

What is Stick Framing?

Definition of Stick Framing in Construction

Wood framing system that normally consists of 2 X 4’s , 2 X 6’s, 2X8’s and larger. Balloon framing or standard platform framing are two types of stick framing. Stick framing is the most common method of framing for the residential home. The use of wood is what the majority of individuals think of, when identifying the framing of a new house. Stick framing has advanced, and engineers are continually introducing new products, techniques and methods of stick framing. The use of nail guns, screw guns for decking, galvanized hangers, special inserts and fasteners, have advanced the ability of stick framing to satisfy almost all architectural needs and designs. The introduction of laminated beams, striated sheathing, synthetic materials that do not weather or rot, has made stick framing even more popular and generally used and specified.

Just developing is a new technique of using large laminated beams and columns for sky-scrappers and extremely high structures. The degree of resiliency of large size wood elements to stresses and even fire, has caused engineers to re-evaluate their outlook on the use of wood for multi story projects. Wood is a good insulator when compared to light metal framing or steel. The use of wood products allows the normal homeowner to install items onto the wood framing. The development of new wood components allowing long spans and difficult framing options has increased the desire to continue to use wood for single and multi- family dwellings. Although balloon framing was phased out due to concerns for fire transmission through multi stories, the need for better insulated homes and structures has reintroduced the use of balloon framing. Solving the fire transmission concerns with better and more efficient fire stopping techniques and products, has allowed the use of balloon framing to gain a resurgence.