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!

Should I use 2 x10, I-joist or open joist TRIFORCE®?

Need to choose between 2 x 10 and an engineered wood joist such as I-joist or open joist TRIFORCE® for your project? Wondering what’s the main difference between I-joist vs 2×10? Well, first off, you need to know that engineered wood has a lot of advantages that can’t be ignored. Engineered wood revolutionized the residential … Continued

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Humidity control at building closure with TRIFORCE®

An open web design has many advantages over I-joists or 2″ x 10″  when it comes to humidity control during building closure and utility installation. Humidity control to avoid problems down the road Proper temperature and humidity control during and after the building’s transition to being closed are essential.  High humidity levels,  heavy rain or snowmelt … Continued

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Triforce collaborates with modular home builders

The modular housing trend With the recent improvements in construction materials and building techniques, it is no surprise that the modular home is rapidly growing in popularity. Undeniably,  modular homes have many advantages: Built in a controlled factory environment and safe from humidity, water or wind damage during construction. This includes not only the home itself … Continued

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Using open web joists opens up new possibilities (part 2/2)

This is part 2 of a post about why you should use open web joists in your construction projects. See part 1 called Open web design is open to the future. Previously on this subject, I talked about how open web joists like TRIFORCE® eliminate the need to drill holes to pass ducts and plumbing. Without a … Continued

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Open web design is open to the future (part 1)

We often talk about the advantages of open web design in this blog.  But an open design isn’t just convenient and time-saving.  Indeed, what if I told you that open web joists must replace I-joist type floor joists in the near future? Let me explain. The Millennial opportunity In the past year, a lot has … Continued

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Should lumberyards sell EWP?

For lumberyards that don’t typically sell engineered wood, there are many good arguments in favor of carrying this type of product. EWP use will grow Indeed, with the return of a healthy construction industry and increased competitiveness, you can bank on builders looking for wood products that will give them a better bang for their … Continued

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How to get around a 6 to 8 week lead time for plated trusses

Spring is here and construction season is gearing back up. It looks like it will be a pretty productive season too. Builder confidence is higher than it has been in the past 12 years and new home sales are stronger than last year and seem to be trending upwards. This is a good time to … Continued

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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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Remodeling increase: are you ready?

A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University foresees a healthy remodeling increase over the next 10 years. The study cites factors such as older homeowners modifying their homes allowing them to age in place, and first-time homebuyers modifying a newly purchased property. Per-homeowner-per year spending is projected to go … Continued

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Two ways to connect wood to steel: slope cut and top mount

Travelling to construction sites in the US and in Canada, I’ve noticed each country has a preferred wood-joist-to-steel connection method. These two methods are called slope cut and top mount. Wood to steel used more often In both Countries, I see steel being used more and more often in residential projects. House sizes have been … 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.