When working on a construction project, there are a lot of difficult choices to make, such as decisions about the construction materials. Choosing the right floor joists is a big part of the success of your project. You have to focus on your needs, the costs to make sure the project is profitable.
Dimensional lumber is the traditional material in North America. 2×10’s and 2×12’s are a good option most of the time, but their price volatility is an issue. Let’s say you drawn your project using 2×10 floor joists because of their pricing at the time. This could change quickly, and have unwanted repercussions on your project.
Manufactured I-Joists are another option. They are lighter and easier to handle, and contrary to dimensional lumber, do not tend to crown or curve. The fact it is manufactured also guarantees a steadier price, and will prevent a bad surprise.
Open web floor joists are maybe the best option if you look at profitability and efficiency. For instance, we offer the Open Joist TRIFORCE in industry standard measurements (9 ½, 11 7/8, 14 and 16 inches). The OSB panel allows you to adjust over 24” the joist, and therefore helps to keep your inventory simple and efficient.
More importantly, and open web joist makes it light for handling on the construction and therefore easy to install. Thanks to the triangulation and its openings, there is no need to drill holes for pipes, ducts, wires and continuous links. It is a great way to save time and money while choosing a sustainable and efficient flooring option.
There are many different options for floor joists. Make sure you analyze your needs and the specificities of your construction project to find the right flooring solution: a joist that is profitable, efficient and easy to install.