Whether you’re planning your loft conversion or have already entered the construction process, the structural integrity of the build is critical to ensuring safety and compliance with the necessary planning and building regulations.
More often than not, loft spaces have not been built to withstand the additional weight of a newly built room, with walls not strong enough to bear an increased load. As such, it’s important to add additional structures to ensure stability.
Beams are used in loft conversions to support walls and help them withstand the extra pressures of a new living space. One of the most popular beam types used in loft conversions are rolled steel joint (RSJ) beams.
The beam that’s best suited to your converted space is influenced by factors including room size, house age, planning restrictions, style and budget. The only way to ensure that your conversion is completed with the correct type of beam is to enlist the help of a professional loft conversion specialist.
Refresh Interiors have been constructing quality loft conversions across Essex, Hertfordshire and North London since 2004, so we have all the expertise needed to advise on the best beam-type for your bespoke conversion.
Rolled steel joints, more commonly referred to as RSJs, are a type of beam. They’re typically made from structural steel but sometimes from aluminium or added metals. These beams can be used to reinforce internal walls and strengthen them enough to support a loft conversion.
These notoriously strong beams are a popular choice because they can support considerable amounts of weight, and offer more stability than other options. RSJs have an I or H shaped cross-section, with the horizontal section referred to as the flanges and the vertical as the web. The web section resists forces while the flanges withstand the bending experienced by the beam under weight.
This support mechanism reinforces the strength and stability of the beam, making it a favoured option by respected loft conversion companies.
RSJs aren’t the only type of beam suitable for loft conversions. Other commonly used options include:
Although all beam types mentioned are suitable for loft conversions, you need to ensure that they are appropriate for your specific build. You need to consider things like aftercare, logistics and durability, alongside the advice of a construction specialist.
Every loft build is different. A bespoke conversion is a unique addition to your home, designed to meet your needs and show off your style. Because each loft conversion is designed especially for the pre-existing space in your home, there’s no definitive answer to this question.
There are alternative options when it comes to selecting beams for your loft conversion, however it is imperative to the success, quality and safety of the build and the final product that you enlist the expertise of a loft conversion specialist.
They will have the knowledge needed to advise on the best beam-type for your loft space, taking into consideration things like restrictions, loft size, budget and style.
If you would like to know more about loft conversions, the types of beams used in their construction, or any other home improvement offered by Refresh Interiors, get in touch with a member of our dedicated team today!