Steel Beam Bearer Upgrade

Steel Beams for upgrading bearers and eliminating stumps

There are a several very good reasons we incorporate steel beams into  restumping and other footing upgrade or renovation projects. Steel beams are available in different styles or types and sized to suite various different applications.

Some low set buildings may incorporate steel beams into the restumping project to eliminate stumps in more difficult to reach places. If a building is to close to the ground for safe working or perhaps even to work at all then another solution must be found. In some cases it may be easier to lift the building up to a safer and more manageable height. In other cases if the outside can be reached to install stumps then a beam can be installed to make the centre posts redundant. There is still some work that needs to be done under for instance the beam needs to be fixed or bolted to the bearer. However it saves an enormous amount of work excavating new holes for the stumps fixing the new stumps and a whole lot of concrete. This can also be the case for a high set house where there are a large number of centre posts it may be more cost effective to go this way. 

Many older homes weren’t built to today’s standard and whereas they have passed the test of time weathering the severe North Queensland storms when it comes time to renovating or restoring they will need to meet the current standards. This isn’t usually to much of an issue and something you would probably want in any case for peace of mind. One of the problems that can present itself is bearers can be either inadequate or they may be of a smaller size requiring a large number of stumps to be installed or present. Reinforcing the bearer with steel minimises the need for stumps increasing the span between them and makes the floor more solid.

Floor space is another reason steel beam are used. As we previously mentioned installing beams increases the span between stumps and therefore in a high set scenario the underside of the house can be virtually stump free in the centre of the building. In this case some stumps are still used in the centre of the building however the design is such that they are built into internal walls.

Don’t leave your bearers bare

Don’t leave your bearers bare.

Oiling the decks can be an arduous chore but it doesn’t end there the underside would benefit from a lick and a promise here and there also. We often tend to what we see and want it to look good however oils and paint also provide a more important role than making the appearance better. They serve a very solid purpose in preservation and protection.

The underside of our houses is not something to many people take to much notice of. It’s an out of mind out of site scenario however there is lot to be done here if your looking at protecting your home, furniture and occupants.

Constantly changing weather conditions in the tropical north have some very undesirable effects on construction. Wood rot and other timber deteriorations, vermin infestations and a greater risk of fire to mention some key players. Often things are taken for granted with timber. It can be very long lasting in the right conditions. Sealed in a roof or within a wall sealed from the weather and it powers on. Exposed to the weather in any way and deterioration can be seen as early as 10 or 20 years on.

Oiling or painting exposed timber and sealing the bottom of the house creates a dryer environment. Less moisture penetration and change helps preserve the timber bearers  and minimise rust and corrosion in the stumps and other parts of the understory. 

Sealing the bottom of your home also goes a long way to protecting you from fire and pest infestation by minimising or limiting what can access this area. Pests or vermin aside their very existence being unwanted also can have some negative effects on your home building their nests and playgrounds within your structure. Fire can be slowed by not allowing it a feee flow from the underside and relying on hard panel surfaces to ignite as opposed to well seasoned dry timber.