Benefits of Metal Web Joists
Open web design
Metal web joists allow easier installation of services such as plumbing, cabling, heating pipes etc. resulting in the reduction or elimination of surface pipework. See how simple installation of services can be:
Wide range of sizesThe depth, length and specification can all be adjusted to produce joists with specific performance criteria that can span greater distances than solid timber joists.
Design flexibilityMetal web joists can eliminate the need for loadbearing intermediate walls, giving the designer greater freedom and flexibility.
Dimensional stabilityThe use of smaller timber sections together with the metal webs means that there is less shrinkage and a reduced risk of squeaky floors
Improved sound performanceMetal web joists when used with a rigid ‘Strongback’ reduce vibration of a floor.
LightweightThe open web structure means they are lighter to handle than solid timber joists.
Made to MeasureWhich virtually eliminates site wastage. Some types are available with a solid timber ‘trimmable end’ to allow for any on-site discrepancies.
Speed of erectionThe wide timber chords makes for easier fixing of flooring and ceiling and there is no need for herringbone strutting.
Reduced costsIncreased spans, simpler installation of utilities, flexibility in design and faster erection can result insignificantly reduced building costs.
Picture Courtesy of MiTek Industries Ltd