When you’re choosing a floor joist system, the range of options on the market can be confusing. They all have their own advantages, but which system is best for you? Merronbrook has specialised in timber construction for thirty years and in that time, we have found that open metal web floor joist systems offer the best value to our customers.
Easi Joists Open Metal Web System
At Merronbrook, we use Wolf Systems’ industry-leading easi-joist® open metal web system. Combining the benefits of sustainable, kiln-dried, stress-graded timber with the rigidity and strength of the easi-joist® metal web construction, we provide lightweight floor beams, engineered to precise dimensions.
The advantages of our floor joist system include:
Better access for services installation
Cost-effective for a better ROI
Lightweight yet robust design
Overall reduction in build time
Greater long-term stability
Improved sound performance
Watch this video from the Trussed Rafter Association demonstrating the many features and benefits of metal web joists:
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Open Web Design
When installing services in a traditional engineered I-joist, holes need to be cut into the supporting web – a practice which takes time and, in some cases, can affect the structural integrity of the joist.
As its name suggests, the easi-joist® open metal web system allows easy installation of services such as pipes, cabling, trunking and ducts in the floor zone. Among its advantages, using this system reduces build time, saves on labour costs and limits any possibility of incorrect workmanship.
The sturdy construction of metal web floor joists allows for a much longer span in comparison to other types of joist. The ability to use longer joists has a direct impact on the duration of the project, the cost of labour and the overall ROI.
Aside from being strong and robust, the easi-joist® system is a lightweight floor joist solution. By combining smaller timber sections with a lightweight metal web, these joists are much lighter than their timber equivalents. The benefits of a lighter joist include ease of installation, and reduced transport costs.
Fast and easy installation
The easi-joist® open metal web system incorporates a large bearing surface, which has a number of advantages. The floor joists can be set-out much faster and, once installed, are rigid and stable. When it comes to fixing the decking materials, the wider surface also makes the process quicker and more accurate.
I-joists and other comparable systems can experience levels of shrinkage that ultimately affect the structure’s long-term stability. The combination of our stress-graded timber and the metal web system greatly reduces shrinkage factors and results in a quieter and longer-lasting floor system.
Improved Sound and Vibration
The metal web floor system allows for the installation of a rigid strongback. This reduces vibration and improves the overall performance of the floor.