Friday, June 14, 2019

Wood to Steel Connections: Making Sure It’s Done Right

Today’s housing market offers an ever-increasing variety of construction materials. From the more traditional lumber that we’ve been using for centuries, the industry moved to more efficient solutions.

The I-joists and plated trusses appeared in the late 60’s and early 70’s to challenge widespread methods and standards. But it wouldn’t be until 1990 that a light, trimmable, and more practical alternative would appear thanks to the invention of the finger jointed open web floor truss.

So from steel framing to using concrete or engineered wood, architects nowadays are taking advantage of the different characteristics of each material to combine them in unique creations. And thankfully, it is possible to make all these materials work together.

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