Engineered wood joists are a technologically advanced way to build, which allows you to be more eco friendly than building with traditional dynamic lumber. Engineered lumber beams can be manufactured from smaller trees. Any construction project that calls for wood joists can use engineered lumber joists in the construction.
Modern technology has developed engineered lumber which has many advantages over traditional lumber joists and studs:
- Engineered joists are more uniform in structural integrity, which allows the contractor to install them without the typical sorting and discarding of inferior standard lumber.
- Engineered lumber joists offer more load bearing capacity than the same sized dynamic joists. This allows fewer joists to be installed in order to carry the same load.
- Engineered beams can span greater distances than standard wood beams. This gives the architect and homeowner more design flexibility and lowers costs.
- Engineered joists will save money as fewer joists are required to bear the same load. This will save money on material, labor, and transportation costs.
- Engineered lumber joists offer more support and rigidity than standard lumber. There will be less deflection in any floor that uses engineered wood, especially over greater spans. The floor will have a more solid feeling, indicating superior construction compared to standard floor joists.
Using engineered i-joists in your construction project will benefit the environment in several ways, which may not be apparent at first glance. Since engineered lumber is lighter in weight, less fuel will be required to transport the material than standard lumber. Engineered i-joists are cut to exact lengths at the factory so there is less waste at the construction site and less material discarded which needs to be hauled to a landfill. The resins used to manufacture engineered wood products are toxin free. Small measures individually, but when multiplied over millions of construction projects, can make a significant difference to the environment.
Overall costs incurred at the construction site can be reduced by using engineered wood products for the same reasons. A fewer number of engineered wood joists are required to build the structure so less labor time is required to construct the building. Less time spent cutting to length decrees labor time, and less weight per joist requires less man to position engineered lumber joists and further decrees labor costs.
Engineered i-joists save money, provide a better constructed home, and are more eco friendly than typical dynamic lumber joists. It's hard to find a reason not to use engineered wood in all aspects of your construction project.