Product Comparison

Are you tired of the daily challenges you have to face? Don’t just spec like others and let’s cut to the chase! The open joist TRIFORCE® will allow you save time and money. It is that simple. Our open web design epitomizes our efforts in solving numerous onsite problems reported by builders and contractors: squeaky or bouncy floors that result in callbacks, fire-code compliance challenges, difficulties installing mechanical systems, tight deadlines and late shipments, costly shrinking and twisting joist to repair and improper drilling leading to structural problems. Now you have an alternative. TRIFORCE® Open Joist. Let’s compare with other EWP solutions in this section of the blog.

Engineered wood joist: a good alternative if dimensional lumber pricing goes through the roof

The price of lumber had been rising steadily in small increments since 2014. Since the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) expired in December 2016, however, price volatility has increased dramatically. For your budget and for your peace of mind, switching to engineered wood wherever possible in your projects could be the right thing to do. Dimensional … Continued

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Some good reasons to use Triforce® for flat roofs

Lately, we’ve been working on quite a few flat roofs for multifamily projects. While most roof structures in this category of building are made from dimensional lumber, MDUs with flat roofs tend to be framed with either dimensional lumber or plated trusses. So, how did we convince the multifamily project designers to use Triforce® for … Continued

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Dimensional lumber vs open joist TRIFORCE®, a comparison

Open joist TRIFORCE® falls under the category of engineered wood products (EWP). EWP has seen growing popularity since its introduction in the early 1970’s. Engineered wood is used in framing for floor assemblies, building sheathing and roof assemblies as well as Structural Insulated panels. Its basic ingredient is a combination of wood fiber, strands or … Continued

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Comparison: Wood-steel joists and Open Joist Triforce Part 2

Combining wood and steel in joists is nothing new. But is this combination of materials really the best choice when it comes to handling, installation and long-term use? Last week we looked at wood-steel joists using wood chords with steel webbing. This week, we’ll compare Open Joist Triforce to floor trusses Floor trusses combine a … Continued

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Comparison: Wood-steel joists and TRIFORCE® open joist Part 2

Combining wood and steel in joists is nothing new. But is this combination of materials really the best choice when it comes to handling, installation and long-term use? Last week we looked at wood-steel joists using wood chords with steel webbing. This week, we’ll compare TRIFORCE® open joist to floor trusses Floor trusses combine a … Continued

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Comparison: Wood-steel joists and Open Joist Triforce® Part 1

Combining wood and steel in joists is nothing new. But is this combination of materials really the best choice when it comes to handling, installation and long-term use? In this first of two blog posts on the subject, let’s see a head-to-head comparison of a typical wood and steel Joist with TRIFORCE® open joist. Both … Continued

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*Note/mention: The designer and/or general contractor of the project or building must ensure the accuracy of the technical information discussed in this blog over the years and always rely on the most up-to-date product’s requirements, specifications and installation guidelines available online on this website, and the applicable codes and standards.