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Engineered Structural Beams
When it comes to beam installations, they need to be properly sized by professionals. We have structural engineers on our team who measure and recommend the right beam size as required by both engineering and building codes.
Beams are the load-bearing element of a structure. The beams in your building are the structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam due to live and dead loads, the beam’s own weight, span and external reactions to these loads is referred to as its bending moment.
PROFESSIONAL TIP: Beams must be three inches longer than any rough opening to account for the bending moment. Beams over six feet usually must be six inches longer than the rough opening width.
Beam Replacement & Installation
There are several classifications of beams that Earth Stick & Stone are experienced in installing or replacing in a construction project. When beam replacement or reinforcement is required, usually due to structural issues, sagging or redesign of floor space, let the Earth Stick & Stone replace, reinforce, or install new beams. We are well acquainted with the following types of engineered Structural Beams;
- Simply Supported – a beam supported on the ends which are free
to rotate and have no moment resistance.
- Fixed Beam – a beam supported on both ends and restrained from
- Over Hanging Beam – a simple beam extending beyond its support
on one end.
- Double Overhanging Beam – a simple beam with both ends extending
beyond its supports on both ends.
- Continuous Beam – a beam extending over more than two supports.
- Cantilever Beam – a projecting beam fixed only at one end.
- Trussed Beam – a beam strengthened by adding a cable or rod to form a truss.
- Straight Beam – Beam with straight profile
- Curved Beam – Beam with curved profile
- Tapered Beam – Beam with tapered cross section Based on the shape of cross section. Some examples are I-beam, T-beam and C-beam.