Timber floor framing is mostly made up of timber joists, running side by side and having the same distance at regular intervals. Joists cover the areas from end to end of supports, such as walls, girders, foundations and beams. Typically, floor joists are 2 x 8s, 2 x 10s, or 2 x 12s. Normal spacing is 16 inches from the centre to the centre. The sizing and spacing of joists are decided by local and state building codes based on engineering requirements.
Newcastle Frame and Truss manufactures and supplies floor joists. These are boards that are arranged sideways, supporting the floor and are installed with the overall frame structure. These are strong boards, bolted into a sill, which is a piece of wood that runs along the walls. Joists also support the entire weight of the room that’s above them, so they are the essential parts of a structurally engineered sound home.
If you have damaged flooring in your existing home or property, maybe due to water from flood or damage done by termite or other pests, then you may be thinking of replacing the joists. Other homeowners may be asking the question, whether they should repair or replace the flooring? Of course, the answer to their question depends on a number of factors, such as the type of flooring in your home and the extent of the damage. Once you have completely identified the problem, repair or replacement should be done immediately.
The cost of repairing floor joists differ widely, because of these two main reasons. First, if the damaged floor joists can be accessed from the basement or crawl space below or from the lower level of your home, you might not have to replace the flooring above the joists.
Second, if you only have to sister floor joists (you place a second joist next to the one that needs to be replaced and bolting them together for support), you’ll spend less money than having the original joists replaced.
The cost of replacing the joist will depend on the size of the area. However, sometimes replacing them may require using steel jacks to lift the home off the original joist. In this case, you might have to look at added costs. Newcastle Frame and Truss can help with a cost estimate and a budget to meet your needs.
Damaged joists are immense issues, so it would be best to contact the structural engineers at Newcastle Frame and Truss. Floor joist problems should not be left and must be addressed immediately.
Newcastle Frame and Truss is a trusted name, when it comes to manufacturing structures, such as wall frames, roof trusses, wall cladding, floor joists and other services. We engineer and design your timber floors to attain structural compliance, including fire, acoustic and thermal performance.
We use only timber that are sourced sustainably, as part of our responsibility to the environment. We would like to give you peace of mind, knowing that only the products that are suitable for your project are used.
We service Broadmeadow, Northern Sydney, Callaghan, Adamstown Heights, Beresfield, the Hunter Region, Birmingham Gardens, Bar Beach, Adamstown, Wyong, Newcastle, Black Hill and surrounding areas.