Liverpool Block and Beam Floors Fitting
Modern building specifications often involve flooring that can withstand significant stress. This is true both in commercial and residential construction. Liverpool block and beam floors have vast experience in this field and have written the following article to explain further about Liverpool block and beams floor construction and uses.
Commercial buildings often house large pieces of equipment. Think, for example, of an x-ray machine in a dentist’s office or a treadmill in a local gym. Residences, however, also tend to contain heavier items nowadays, such as a home entertainment centre or a large couch. Not only must the flooring used in modern construction be able to hold the weight of items like these, in order to be safe it must be able to hold several times their weight. Liverpool block and beam floors know this is true because there are also individuals using these items at times, as well as acute stresses (like those caused by a child jumping up and down, or a dropped delivery). Additionally, buildings must be able to withstand environmental events, like a small earthquake.
Liverpool Block and Beam Floors are a Superior Construction Method
One solution to the need for stronger flooring is the use of Liverpool block and beam floors. Block and beam construction involves the use of pre-stressed concrete beams. These concrete pieces are formed in an inverted T shape and then placed at regular intervals across the area that is intended as floor space. This will leave regularly spaced gaps between the beams, but the beams themselves serve as essentially the backbone of the floor. The spaces between the beams are filled with cast concrete blocks. This combination of Liverpool block and beam floors creates a very solid foundation, capable of withstanding heavy stress.
After the block and beam structure is created, insulation is added to the surface. The thickness and grade of the insulation will depend on the nature of the building (i.e. if it’s being used for commercial or residential purposes, and what type of use will it undergo), and any requirements of the building code. Liverpool block and beam floors can advise further to any potential client. Then it will either be covered with screed or chipboard in most cases. Screed is a material used to cover the insulation (usually sand and cement). Chipboard is a thick paper-based board used for the same purpose. Generally, one or the other will be indicated in the building regulations. Once this is laid, then the surface flooring can be put down.
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There are a number of distinct advantages to using Liverpool block and beam floors. One is the quickness with which they can be installed. Additionally, weather conditions generally don’t affect installation of Liverpool block and beam floors, which isn’t the case with other flooring methods. But the true benefit of a block and beam structure is its longevity and endurance. When Liverpool block and beam floors fir your beams they won’t rot or warp, and it eliminates the creakiness you may encounter with traditional wood construction. Also, issues with the site itself, such as shrinkage, will not impact block and beam as much as other flooring methods. When all is said and done, block and beam is an economical method to install.
The economy of it extends to the life of the floor, however, as one may avoid repair and maintenance issues that are common with other types of flooring. Liverpool block and beam floors are a strong and durable method of construction. For more help and advice or to arrange a free fitting quotation, call Liverpool and Widnes builders 5KC Limited now on 0151 736 0072.
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