Plan changes, late shipments, jobsite safety issues…

Builders,

forget inefficient steel-plated floor trusses.

Floor truss is inefficient in floor framing

Are you tired of the daily challenges you have to face?

 Plan changes, jobsite safety issues, tight deadlines and late shipments.  More than one of these issues often arise when steel-plated trusses are specified for floor framing.

Now you have an alternative. TRIFORCE® Open Joist.

Meet an all-wood finger joined joist that cuts your costs dramatically.

The Open Joist TRIFORCE®

TRIFORCE is always in stock

Always in stock

The TRIFORCE® open joist is readily available from your local lumberyard, in different depths and lengths to fit your needs. No more delays waiting for custom orders.

TRIFORCE is trimmable and can be adjusted on site

Trimmable on site

Because there’s always an inch to shave off here and there, the TRIFORCE® offers an adjustable end so you don’t have to reorder custom-lengths.

Open web design of TRIFORCE makes it easy to run utilities

Open web design

Stop cutting holes or your fingers!
The TRIFORCE® open joist has no metal plates and makes running utilities faster and easier. Save on labor.

STEEL-PLATED FLOOR TRUSSES VS THE OPEN JOIST TRIFORCE®

STEEL-PLATED FLOOR TRUSSES

Not adjustable at the jobsite.

If plans change or a foundation is out-of-square, plated trusses cannot be altered to fit the new circumstances. New trusses must be manufactured with significant wait times, especially during peak building seasons.

Steel plates have several drawbacks.

Plated floor trusses are very heavy, present a handling danger because of sharp plate edges, and plates often interfere with the installation of mechanicals. Steel is also a non-renewable resource manufactured with great energy consumption.

FLOOR TRUSSES ARE not fire-code friendly.

In jurisdictions where recent versions of the IRC fire-code are enforced, a protective membrane must be installed on the underside of plated truss floor framing.

Repairs are costly and time consuming.

If a plated truss is damaged or altered, a custom repair detail must be prepared by an engineer, leading to work delay.

TRIFORCE® OPEN JOIST 

Trim a joist on the spot.

Trim a joist to fit and continue framing. TRIFORCE® open joists are shipped from stock so order turnaround is measured in days rather than weeks.

All-wood finger-joined floor joist.

There are no metal plates to add weight, injure framers or hinder the installation of electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems.

Fire code compliance is easy AND inexpensive

By only covering the trimmable end of the TRIFORCE® joist, your floor system will be fire compliant as per Exception 4 to Section R302.13 of the 2015/2018 IRC.

Standard repair details are available.

Because TRIFORCE® is a stock product with years of installation experience, engineered repair details for the most common issues are already in existence and utilize repair materials common on job sites.

Cost effective, light and safe.

Superior “strength-to-cost” ratio thanks to no need for steel connectors, and efficient use of wood fiber with a state-of-the-art robotic manufacturing process. All-wood finger-joined joists are installation-friendly for framers and mechanicals.

certified through testing.

Unlike plated floor trusses, every TRIFORCE® joist is tested to its capacity before leaving the factory. This testing backs up a unique lifetime product warranty.

"TRIFORCE® COMBINES THE BEST OF WOOD-I & FLOOR TRUSSES"

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WHY BUILDERS CHOOSE TRIFORCE?
READ OUR CASE STUDY.

Using TRIFORCE® instead of plated trusses helps a contractor save on labor and get ahead of schedule!

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT TRIFORCE®

Your innovative open joists are a good example of never taking-for-granted, the down side of certain building products, just because everybody else uses them.

TRIFORCE is probably the best example of what can be accomplished if we ask ourselves, “why do I continue to choose what everybody else specifies, without considering the extra work + cost that product generates?”.

Mike Carson

Mike Carson Construction, Inc – Louisiana

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