Can I Replace a Load-Bearing Wall With a Steel Support Beam?

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You absolutely can replace a load-bearing wall with a steel support beam. This is because steel support beams are designed to be load-bearing in big buildings, skyscrapers, and garages. There are several reasons why you can and should replace a load-bearing wall with a steel support beam.

The steel support beam has a variety of benefits. These include the following:

  • Sustainability
  • Affordability
  • Durability

The steel support beam is a versatile building component compared to other materials.

-Steel is lighter than wood: You can use a steel support beam when it comes to framing. The steel beam is lighter compared to LVL and glulam. A lot of steel can be transported using a single volume of fuel compared to any other construction material. This is good for the environment and saves energy. Wood, concrete, and rock are heavy substances.

-You can build faster with a steel support beam: Building faster usually means cost savings in the building budget.  

-Sustainable construction: Steel provides sustainable construction in residential and commercial settings.

-Steel is cheap and more efficient: When you use steel for your building materials you will incur lower foundation charges, general savings, increase returns, and the rate of future savings goes up.

-Steel support beams looks great: Steel has eye-catching beauty compared to other materials. It’s sleek and contemporary.

-Modification: Buildings that are designed and engineered with steel can be easily modified. The engineers can strengthen existing steel columns and beams by fixing them to steel plates.

Turner Bros Contractors Ltd. has been providing steel-stud framing, drywall, and acoustic ceiling services for residential and commercial applications in the Vancouver area since 1932. The company is family-run with four generations of the family represented in the business.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your residential or commercial project, please call us at (604) 532-1991 or email us at info@turnerbros.ca.


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