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!

Much more than just a joist, Open joist TRIFORCE® is a complete floor system

It may be common thinking to describe a floor only as a series of joists with secure floor sheathing on top of them. But, for it to be an effective floor system, there’s more to it than that. At TRIFORCE®, we aim to create floor systems that surpass industry standards, providing strength, durability, and comfort.  … Continued

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3 reasons why TRIFORCE® joists are well suited for today’s current challenges

There are currently some challenges in the construction industry and we must be able to deal with them as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is why an open web floor system such as TRIFORCE® is a great solution to our problems. Here are present concerns that can be helped by using TRIFORCE® joists: 1) … Continued

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8 Reasons Why TRIFORCE® Open Joist is Perfect for Your Project

TRIFORCE® open joist was developed specifically to answer several needs in the construction industry. It’s an ideal engineered wood floor system that we believe will exceed your expectations. Here’s why: 1) It’s an innovative product TRIFORCE® joists are an outstanding answer to problems that have plagued framers and MEP installers for years. It does away … Continued

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How to Improve Your Floor System Efficiency

Building with engineered wood floor systems allows for wider spans, greater strength, and far more design possibilities than traditional solid sawn lumber. But to capture all the benefits of TRIFORCE® joists, here are some recommendations for floor system installation: A) Use the manufacturer’s recommended hangers and fasteners Joist applications can vary, and there are hangers and fasteners … Continued

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Evolution of Ways to Solidify Floor Structures

Depending on the type of floor framing used in the structure, there are three common bracing methods used to reduce vibration and improve performance: St. Andrew’s crosses for dimensional lumber Blocking for I-joist Strongbacks for open Joist TRIFORCE® 1) St. Andrew’s crosses Traditional 2×8 or 2×10 dimensional lumber floor joists are still used, but may … Continued

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Best Strategies for Floor System Performance

Upon installation of TRIFORCE® open web floor joists, you quickly realize their significant ability to control both vibration and sound transfer. First, simple installation of strongbacks at center span effectively reduces floor vibration, one of the more frequent occupant complaints in multifamily construction.  Secondly, an open web system such as TRIFORCE® can improve the sound dampening … Continued

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In North America residential construction, wood has long been a material of choice:  abundant, readily available, flexible, easily repairable, less expensive than steel and concrete and is naturally an overwhelmingly popular material. For some 40 years now, building professionals and contractors have had the choice of using traditional lumber or engineered wood for new construction. … Continued

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2023 Just Around the Corner: Fresh News from TRIFORCE®

The TRIFORCE® team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the New Year! We are happy and proud to announce that our blog articles will be coming back in 2023. As we return to normal business, we are honored to count you among our loyal readers. We are also thrilled … Continued

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A Value-Engineered Next-Generation Open Joist that saves you time and money

When you compare several popular floor framing options, you will learn that each has its own strengths and weaknesses. The engineered joists price can also differ greatly. Let’s first take a closer look at the pros and cons of Steel-Plated Trusses, I-Joists, and Dimensional Lumber. We will then introduce you to TRIFORCE®. Spoiler alert, one … Continued

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Mixing It Up: Wood to Steel Connections

As the manufacturer of TRIFORCE® joists, Barrette is obviously among the strongest proponents of wood-frame construction. But sometimes, because of design situations, there is a need to mix steel products with wood components. So how do these different components connect to produce superior buildings? Steel Shapes Steel beams pack a lot of load capacity into … 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.