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    Timber or steel beam?

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    Which is best in your opinion? A timber beam or a steel beam and why? Does it depend on the circumstances? 

    Asked by Luke on 21st Dec 2020
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    Chesterfield Construction

    "Steel beams are a lot stronger than timber based on size and girth and therefore support a lot bigger load. The issue with steel beam is cold bridging, where cold from the outside tracks through the steel and condensation forms on the warmside of the steel."

    Answered on 11th Jan 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    Dial a tradesman

    "Steel is always the best option as it doesn’t change because of the environment or weather. Timber beams overtime can bend or expand if there is a lot of moisture in the air"

    Answered on 14th Jan 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    shore property solutions

    "It would all depend on the job your doing, steal is most commonly used for structural reasons"

    Answered on 22nd Dec 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Hillview services

    "Hi .

    Yes this depends on the circumstances,
    Depends on what the beam is holding above, what size the opening is ect."

    Answered on 29th Dec 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Home Improvements nw

    "Yes I definitely depends on the circumstances but 9 times out of ten a steel beam is recommended over a timber one.
    Regards
    Ben"

    Answered on 22nd Dec 2020 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    OG services

    "Hi Luke, it depends what it is holding up and if it structure."

    Answered on 22nd Dec 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
    Sonata carpentry construction co.

    "Over a 3ft opening then I put steel in. Theres no give or movement in steel"

    Answered on 4th Jan 2021 - Member since Aug 2018 - report
    Dmm builders hedge end

    "Depends on what you would like to see as the finished effect but both would need structural calcs"

    Answered on 22nd Dec 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    TJ building services

    "Depends on the load it’s going to support usually steel"

    Answered on 4th Jan 2021 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    L&A Courtings

    "Steel beam are much stronger and don't rot can get all different sizes and probably cheaper shop around"

    Answered on 17th Jan 2021 - Member since Mar 2019 - report

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