A flitch beam or a flitched beam is a composite beam used in the construction of houses, decks, and others, they are mainly wood frame structures.
Sometimes, a flitch beam is fabricated from a metal plate sandwiched between two wooden beams, three layers held together with bolts.
This is commonly known as a steel flitch beam and further layers of wood and metal can be used to create an excellent strong beam.
Why We Prefer Flitch Beam:
Lighter: Structures made purely from wood, they are lighter than those that have a steel plate, which allows an easy construction and quick installation.
Cheaper: The products are made from less costly wood and it can save you money on labor costs because they require a smaller staff to put together in a short period of time.
Short time to produce: Only frames manufactured from handcrafted wood will take quick work from our skilled carpenters, which implies that product might be prepared in a short time.
In return, you will be able to purchase more quickly, resulting in the installation being completed sooner.
More efficient: Frames made with traditional joining techniques are made more efficiently with attention to detail resulting in a cleaner finish.
It also helps in brings about a faster, simpler installation that will not be achieved with a flitch beam.
Traditional Design: Fully wood planks have an extensive reputation as a classical design, offering an authentic charm to your property that cannot be achieved with any other type of beam.
Sustainably Sour: Whenever you choose to purchase oak or wooden products, you may be certain that the wooden is coming from a sustainable source.
For every tree used as products, three more are planted as a substitute, which preserves products to be sustainable for the longer term and implies that we will provide high-quality oak and timber frames for a next coming years.
Advantages of the flitch beam:
- Flitch beams are much stronger than wood alone.
- These beam requires much less depth than wood beams of the identical strength.
- They are much lighter than steel beams of the identical size.
- They will still be positioned in the rest of the wood structure.
- Flitch beams can also be made from existing in-situ joists or beams allowing easy renovation.
Disadvantages of flitch beam:
- Due to the high cost of labor, the use of this type of beam has declined greatly.
- The initiation of high-strength engineered lumber that uses modern adhesives and low-cost wood fiber has made the system largely out-of-date.
- Engineered wood are cut lengthwise and installed similar to saw wood.
- Flitch beam are required for shop construction or field bolting.
- This is coupled with an enormously increased self-weight of the beam at 11.4 pounds (5.2 kg) for engineered wood to 25.2 pounds (11.4 kg) for a flick beam reduces the feasibility of the system.
The flitch beam is made from the steel plate between two wooden beams, three layers held together with bolts.