The TRIFORCE® blog is all about sharing our passion for building, either through our bloggers’ opinions on the market or on technical matters related to wood building. Through these articles, case studies and stories, we hope you’ll learn more about the open joist TRIFORCE® and floor system performance.

The TRIFORCE® blog is a forum for ideas and opinions and, by all means, we invite you to share your experiences in the response section. If the blog inspires you to seek actual technical advice suited to your circumstances, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a more in-depth conversation. We’ll be happy to help!

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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7 reasons why TRIFORCE® open joist should be part of your project

TRIFORCE® open joist was developed specifically to answer several needs in the construction industry. It’s an ideal floor system that we believe will exceed your expectations. Here’s why: It’s an innovative product TRIFORCE® open joist is an outstanding answer to problems that have plagued framers and MEP installers for years. It does away with hole-drilling. … Continued

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Floor vibration is not good for your business

Floor vibration can be annoying, vastly reducing customer enjoyment of their living and working areas and even leading people to question the structural safety of their building. Let’s look at the further implications of vibration on your business. It isn’t something you can readily test onsite, so if it isn’t properly factored into the plans … Continued

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When the architectural plan says ‘’or equivalent’’

As a builder, you’ll sometimes come across these two words in an architectural plan: ‘‘or equivalent.’’ These two words can give you pause. ‘‘Or equivalent’’ do I or don’t I? You may be ok with what was specified as first choice, but as a builder having just gone through a few difficult years (along with … Continued

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Where did the open joist TRIFORCE® come from?

We developed the open joist TRIFORCE® to address key shortcomings found in most engineered wood joists. Complaints about comparable products Throughout the years, engineered wood floor joists have proven popular because of their controlled quality, lightness and strength. But, while used heavily in residential and light commercial construction, they have also accumulated complaints about certain … Continued

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A little bit of Joist history…

How about a little bit of joist history? Currently on the market, there are essentially three different types of engineered floor joists Wood I-Joists Steel plated floor trusses Finger-jointed and glued floor joists Wooden I-Joists They’ve been around for nearly 50 years, having been invented in the late 60’s. They get their name from their cross-section, … Continued

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4 simple guidelines to install the open joist TRIFORCE®

With its lightweight construction and trimmable end, which requires only one measurement and no additional math or engineer’s approval, you’ll find the open joist TRIFORCE® particularly easy to install. To make sure you get the most out of this high-precision product, apply these 4 handling and installation guidelines. 1. Keep the wood away from humidity … Continued

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Engineered Wood: how green is it really?

Why would engineered wood be more eco-friendly than concrete, steel or even ”natural” lumber? Looking at the big picture, if you compare engineered wood to steel or concrete, wood simply consumes much less fossil fuels in its manufacturing, and therefore can be considered clearly more renewable. Though a tree might take 60 years to regrow, … Continued

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Strongbacks: Big value, small cost

From a home dweller’s perspective, floor performance can be thought of as a level of comfort. If someone is walking by you inside a brand new house, you might feel an effect coming from the floor: vibration. If you’re like me, the less you feel vibration, the more solid the floor feels and that has … 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.