Support beams are the horizontal rafters that connect to vertical joists and columns. They are found in your home’s roof, ceiling, walls, floor, and garage. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of identifying, removing, and replacing a rotted beam.
What Is a Support Beam?
A support beam is a horizontal or sloped structural element that transfers loads from walls, floors, and roofs to the foundation. Its purpose is to provide support for the weight of the structure above it.
A support beam is also known as a lintel, girder, or joist. The size and type of support beam you need depends on the loads it will bear, the span of the beam, and the material of the beam.
For example, a simple wooden support beam can span 8 to 10 feet, but a steel beam can span up to 100 feet. Beams are typically made of wood, steel, or concrete.
Wood beams are the most common type of support beam used in homes. They are strong and relatively inexpensive, but they are also susceptible to fire and termites.
Steel beams are much stronger than wood beams, but they are more expensive. Concrete beams are the strongest type of beam, but they are also the most expensive.
When choosing a support beam, you need to consider the loads it will bear, the span of the beam, the type of material, and the cost.