Tecbeam is Australia’s premium lightweight floor joist.
The composite TECBEAM® ‘I’ Beam/Joist comprises a continuous light gauge galvanized steel web, with press-formed stiffening ribs and uniformly spaced service holes, and structural timber LVL flanges, fixed by nails and/or spikes to each side of the continuous steel web. TECBEAM joists demonstrate many superior performance characteristics when compared with other commonly used joists. They have been extensively tested and proven as a structural beam for use in all types of floor and roof construction in over a decade of supplying the competitive Victorian residential and commercial construction markets.
Structural floor and roof framing systems have been developed utilizing the unique properties of TECBEAM joists. Significant savings in the total cost of construction can be made when TECBEAM joists are specified. A TECBEAM-designed floor can often replace structural steel beams, this can amount to significant savings in time and cost. Ceiling plasterboard and flooring materials can be fixed directly to the joist flanges, and most services can be installed through the web holes, including air conditioning ducts and large waste pipes, eliminating the need to cut holes in the beam web.
TECBEAMS are certainly not the cheapest joist in the market on a per lineal metre basis. However, for projects with particular requirements such as:
- premium projects such as luxury homes, where floor stiffness cannot be compromised,
- upper-level long spans over open plan areas,
- buildings with high load areas or point load requirements,
you simply can’t go past TECBEAM for cost efficiency, ease of design, installation and structural capability.