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Professional Metal Girder Beam and Joists Installation in Chicago
Metal girder beams and joists are parts of the same system, be it a floor girder beam and floor joists, or a ceiling girder beam and ceiling joists. It makes total sense to have them fabricated, and installed by the same company. We do metal girder beam and joist replacements, too! For metal girder beam and joists installation for your project in Chicago IL, use Structural Beam!
How does the girder/joist system work
A metal girder beam is a structural steel support member, a main load-bearing beam of the structure, that provides support for the floor, or ceiling, joists. Girder beams are the main load-bearing horizontal support members of your home, they are supported by main load-bearing walls, and, at times, by structural steel columns (support posts).
Floor and ceiling joists
Joists are secondary support beams that are in turn supported by the girder beam. Joists are made of structural steel beams of a lower lb/ft ratio. They get to bear the weight of the floor, or the ceiling and transfer it to the main (girder) beam. Girder beams, in turn, transfer that load to the load-bearing wall, and/or support posts, that transfer that load further down, to the foundation.
Dead load plus live load
Metal girder beam and ceiling joist/floor joist system bear the dead load of the flooring/ceiling, roof loads, plus the live load of the furniture, people, home appliances, etc. It has to be structurally sound and professionally designed, based on IBC codes and other relevant regulations. That is why you’ll need true professionals to fabricate and install the structural steel girder/joists system.
Structural Beam is offering you a comprehensive structural steel girder/joist solution, from designing to fabrication and installation, we can do it all for you, plus arrange the raw fabrication materials supply!
Structural steel beam/joist designing
Designing a sound metal girder beam/joist system requires a qualified structural engineer, and at Structural Beam we’ve got the right one for the job.
Our steel designing team will evaluate your project, and design a perfect girder/ceiling joist, or girder/floor joist assembly, fully compliant with all the relevant regulations and codes. The structural steel joists, made of steel I-beams, are a lasting, time-proven solution for both floor and ceiling.
Steel I-beam and structural steel beam supply support
Structural Beam’s comprehensive package includes the full structural steel raw materials supply support. We are always looking for ways to reduce the costs for our customers. In the case of structural steel fabrication projects, the price of the raw components is a major contributing factor to the overall cost of the project.
For all fabrication/installation projects you do with us, we will supply structural steel beams, and other metal products at the wholesale price.
Structural steel estimation
An accurate and thorough estimation of your project is done by our estimators. Materials, fabrication costs, installation costs are all figured in, so the cost of the project will not suddenly change somewhere down the line.
Metal girder/joist fabrication
All the fabrication is done by us, in our in-house well-stocked structural steel fabrication workshop, fully equipped to achieve high-quality fabrication outcomes. Our metal fabricators will make sure to fabricate precisely, according to the blueprints provided.
To make sure of that, metal fabricators will work with the structural engineer and produce exacting shop drawings, as a basis of metal fabrication.
In the case of installation job, it is particularly important to have steel erectors in on all the work done, so accurate placement plans can be created, and erection/installation will go according to the plan.
Girder beam and joist installation
Yet again, we’ve got you covered. Our stellar structural steel erectors will make sure that the metal girder beam and joist installation will go as planned, according to the placement plans, developed in cooperation with the structural engineer and metal fabricators.
Structural Beam has brick and concrete masonry capabilities, too, shall that kind of work be required. Just sit back and relax, your girder beam and corresponding joists will be installed in no time.
If you are an owner of an existing home and find that the floors are starting to sag and would like to redo them, so they can serve for many years to come, make use of our metal girder and joist replacement service.
As a part of the service package, our structural engineer will examine your house’s blueprints, and perform an on-site inspection to figure out the reason for the changes that are occurring.
After the reasons are clear, you will be offered the best possible solution for the structural problem that is affecting your home.
The rest of the steps will be similar to the ones for the installation of new metal girder beams and joists. Structural Beam will work in the capacity of the general contractor, if needed, and arrange for the removal of the old floor/ceiling framing, so we can replace them with the newly fabricated girder and joists.
Choose the best, choose Structural Beam!
We are a local reputable Chicago IL company with a lot of experience in the fabrication, installation, and replacement of structural steel structures. As such, we are enjoying an over 90% returning customers rate, please check out our portfolio. You can trust us with your home’s structural integrity, call 773-917-8998, let’s talk and figure out how we can be of help!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you install a girder beam?
A girder beam, or the main load-bearing beam, has to be resting on the load-bearing walls, load-bearing columns, or both, so it can serve its function by bearing the load of your home, whilst transferring it down through the main walls, or structural steel support columns/posts.
What is the difference between a joist and a girder?
A girder, or a girder beam, is a horizontal structural support member that supports the joists. As such, it is always way sturdier with a higher ft/lb ratio beam. The main girder beam runs perpendicular to the main load-bearing walls, and joists run across it.
How does the load capacity of LVL beam (laminated veneer lumber)/engineered beams compare to structural steel beams?
Structural steel beams have a superior load-bearing capacity to any kind of LVL engineered beam, due to the amazing properties of the mild structural steel they are made of. The same goes for their free-spanning ability, and service life span.