Basement framing: wood vs metal
We'll be renovating our basement soon and are torn between wood vs metal studs. As some background, we bought the house 7 months ago and needless to say it was a "fixer upper". We had to re-do all the main drains, and as such have poured new 4'' concrete pad, with 6mm vapour barrier underneath. The foundation is concrete block, which we parged and sealed. The basement will be used mainly as an entertainment/TV area.
I have made a list of pros/cons I am aware of for each:
PRO: Stronger and can hold more weight
CON: Susceptible to mold/rot.
CON: More expensive
CON: Cannot hold as much weight
PRO: Walls will be "straighter" as the studs secure to a track
PRO: Not susceptible to mold/rot
CON??? I read somewhere that cold transfering through the metal stud can be an issue? Though I sincerely doubt it, as we're planning on putting down 1 1/2 inch rigid foam insulation with a channel for the stud, meaning the stud will NOT be in direct contact with the outer wall.
CON??? Is rusting a concern?
Another option is to go with Bluwood (the stuff you see Mike Holmes use), but I'm unable to determine how much extra it will cost.
I would love to hear some suggestions/feedback/personal experiences from anyone willing to share