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5 Reasons to Choose LP SolidStart I-Joists | Beaumont Forest

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LP SolidStart I-Joists possess a rich heritage that stems from the high price of traditional lumber joists in the 1970’s. Building developers required a joist solution that was cost effective, but still possessed the structural properties of lumber joists. The advent of contemporary building designs during the 1970’s meant that longer joists were required, whilst still maintaining their heavy load bearing characteristics. This drove the production of wood I-Joists that were lower in cost and higher in performance than lumber joist alternatives.

When building a home, it’s crucial that every element of the build is undertaken with the utmost care and consideration, especially when installing I-Joists. A minor structural failure in one part of the home can have catastrophic consequences on the rest of the building. I-Joists are crucial to maintaining structural integrity, which is why it’s essential you choose a quality, reliable brand and install them correctly.

LP Solid Start I-Joists

Beaumont Forest are proud stockists of high quality LP SolidStart I-Joists, which are developed to conform to the dynamic nature of the UK’s ever changing building regulations. We explore the broad number of reasons to choose LP SolidStart I-Joists over alternatives.

1) Straighter and more uniform

The complex jigsaw of home building requires that everything fits together perfectly, and it’s therefore important that the components used are designed to be harmonious with each other. Traditional timber joists often vary in strength, stiffness and size, whereas LP SolidStart I-Joists are created to be uniform in measurement and integrity, ensuring regularity between each joist.

2) Less prone to twisting, warping and shrinking

As a natural resource, wood has inherently evolved to adapt to its surroundings and these characteristics are carried across even after manufacture. As a result, timber can warp which can often cause a sound structure to become structurally flawed. LP SolidStart I-Joists are sourced and manufactured to be less prone to these issues and, in addition, allow for the creation of mechanical ducting in order to facilitate a more thermally efficient structure.

3) PEFC and SFI COC certified

All timber manufactures face the concern of sustainable logging and at Beaumont we’re keen to push this notion forward. LP SolidStart I-Joists procure their timber from small, fast growing trees that can be replenished quickly, rather than targeting larger, more mature forests. Furthermore, LP SolidStart I-Joists are backed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the PEFC.

4) Easier installation and simple one joist solution

Unlike some other I-Joist solutions, LP SolidStart I-Joists don’t require herringbone strutting, meaning installation is far easier. Moreover, LP SolidStart I-Joists accommodate mechanical ducting with ease; a key feature for new house builds that require Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR).

5) Lightweight, longer and deeper

When compared to alternatives, LP SolidStart I-Joists are lighter, longer and deeper. This means you’ll be able to eliminate unnecessary wastage and handle the I-Joists with ease, saving on installation and material costs. The more substantial depth of LP SolidStart I-Joists means that a greater load can be carried, affirming the stability and integrity you’d expect from such a crucial ballast.

At Beaumont Forest, we offer LP SolidStart I-Joists from stock and are one of the first companies in the UK to do so. Visit one of our branches to see our floor displays at Hoddesdon and High Wycombe, or contact us via our website to find out more.