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Steel Joists That Will Last, By Structural Beam
The ceiling over your head, and the floors under your feet — structural steel joists support both of them. Three are many advantages to using metal joists in home construction. Sturdy and simultaneously light, easy to install, they will serve you well, with virtually zero maintenance costs. We’ve got steel joists for sale near you, in Chicago, Il! Call 773-917-8998 today for a free price quote!
What’s a joist, anyway?
Joists are secondary or support beams that bear the weight of the floor — or ceiling. They go on that girder, a beam that spans the floor plan, linking main supporting beams. Remember you’ve seen those floors in the house open, and the floor board’s supporting beams that you saw in there? The ones that go across a long beam? Yep, those once. Structural steel joists are just that, but better.
IPC building code determines the positioning and spacing of joists in the construction to safely distribute floor and ceiling weight on the main support beam (a girder). Structural Beam follows the IPC standards for safe construction, call today for a consultation and a free price quote!
Metal joist, steel joist, joist steel-which one’s right?
Let’s make that clear right now — a metal joist is usually a steel beam that went through the fabrication process, to become a steel joist- a secondary structural steel member, ready to be installed as your home’s floor or ceiling support.
As such, a metal joist is a steel beam, most often an I-beam. So, in most cases, it will be hot-rolled from ASTM 36 low carbon structural steel.
Here, at Structural Beam, your local one-stop structural steel solution provider near you in Chicago, Il, we’ve got all types of steel joists for sale. We can fabricate standard joists according to specifications, call today and get a free consultation and a free price quote for your upcoming construction project!
Floor joists, the floor support
Floor structural steel joists are a part of the floor system, bearing two types of loads- dead load of the construction, and live lighter loads — yep, that’s you walking on those floors, furniture, and your kid, riding that bicycle in the hall — Josh, stop it now, would you. They transfer those loads to the girder beam, walls, and main support beams if we are talking steel-framed construction. The engineering of structural steel joists and joist girders is regulated by the Steel Joist Institute (SJI).
Roof and ceiling joists, taking care of roof and ceiling
Roof joists bear the dead load of the roof — and live load of that squirrel, frequenting the roof, and your cat, that’s after the squirrel. There are different types of roof metal joists, according to roof design. Ceiling steel joists do the same for the ceilings, transferring the load to the primary framing members.
Floor metal joists on the ground floor of the house send loads down to the girder beam or to the foundation walls. On other floors of your house, joist steel transfers load to the walls and/or the joist girders, beams that support the joists.
For all your roof, floor, and selling structural steel joists requirements, use Structural Beam, your local one-stop metal joist provider in the Chicago, Il area near you.
In modern residential construction practice, the usage of structural steel joists is quite common, and there are good reasons for that. Let’s name a few:
- Steel joists are easy to fabricate and install, according to exact specifications
- Along with steel joist girders they provide a great deal of structural stability to the floors under your feet
- Steel joists are highly versatile. They work well for simple spans with shorter span conditions, and when the deep longspan is needed, steel joists and joist girders are there to help
- Steel joists and joist girders are not affected by fungus and mold that often affect wooden joists and joist girders. In a humid climate, wooden joists can often become compromised and give way, causing expensive floor system repair, involving the replacement of the existing joists and floor. You’ll never get it with metal joists, ever.
- Steel joist, if properly coated, can serve virtually forever with zero maintenance cost
Where to buy steel joists near me in Chicago, Il?
Structural Beam is your local one-stop steel joist provider in Chicago, Il. We’ve got steel joists for sale near you, we do the fabrication as well. Consider us for all your structural steel supply needs.
How much do steel joists cost?
It really depends on the specific dimensions of the beam used and other conditions. We’ll need more details, don’t hesitate to contact us at 773-917-8998 today!
What is the difference between a structural beam and a joist?
A structural beam is the main load-bearing structural member, it supports the joists and other parts of construction — slabs, panels, etc. A joist is a secondary structural member, it runs across the floor or roof span and is supported by the beam. If you are looking to buy steel joists in Chicago, you can consider Structural Beam — a company with more than 10 years of experience.