We have developed a range of products, meaning we can always offer a more suitable solution than an organisation that only provides a limited selection.
For example, we offer three types of beam: “light,” “standard” and “9 inch.(Lightbeam+)” It may be that the most cost-effective way of satisfying load/span conditions would be to use a mixture of light and standard beam. If this is the case, our designers take this into account when proposing a plan for your project.
This flexibility means that we help you to avoid carrying out additional works (like concreting double beams) that may result from pushing one type of product to its limit.
We have designed our beams to be either 150mm or 225mm deep so that they make coursing with standard brick and block easy. A 175mm tall beam, for example, would make coursing with standard bricks and blocks difficult.
There are many answers to this question, dependent on the situation. Broadly speaking: it is because we never compromise on quality.
A prominent example of this is our ‘light’ 150mm deep, narrow beam. These beams are conservative in cross-section whilst also having some capacity in hand. They are light and versatile and have superior loading capacities compared to competitor products. The beams also have tapers that allow for proper grouting, which means the floor can perform correctly.
There is a tendency to make products, such as light beam, just on the limit of European standards, making them appear cheap when additional works and loss in quality are not considered.
Everything produced by Floorspan is scrutinised so that we can guarantee quality and be proud of our output.
One way providers make their quotes seem cheaper is by not including essential materials in the quote.
Slip bricks are great example of this. By keeping the number of slip bricks to a minimum, or by not including them at all, the bottom line given on a quote seems cheaper. However, this can result in inconvenience, cost or delay later.
Floorspan maintain an attitude of transparency in all aspects of our business. Our belief is that if we are clear about what you need to achieve a quality build, then you will have the tools you need to complete your project
Reducing the number of Air bricks and vents to a minimum, or not including them in a quotation will cheapen it. Floorspan believes in quoting on everything you need, not just the bare minimum we can get away with. It is generally beneficial to install more than the theoretical minimum if stagnant air pockets are to be avoided in your sub floor, so we always supply sufficient air bricks and vents.
We always base our floor designs on what is best for the build overall rather than what is best for our bottom line. A company not doing this may request additional foundations to reduce the number of beams necessary, thus making the quote look cheaper and not truly dealing with the problem.
Floorspan believes that working with the architect/engineer is the best way of getting you value in the long run.
If you have updated plans the best thing to do is send them in to us via email. They will then be passed to the estimator in charge of the project to provide a revised drawing to match. If you have small changes such as beam lengths, send us an email or give us a call.
Our designs are fully dimensioned beam and block layouts. They show exactly where beams need to be laid onto the substructure to construct the beam and block floor. The designs also consider any loadings and finishes on the floor, as well as walls we will support on the beams.
Our estimators use bespoke design software to create the design, the information is taken from the architects’ and engineers’ plans provided to us.
Depending on the complexity and scope of the project, this could range from a few hours to several days. For a more accurate estimate, please speak to the estimator in charge of your project.
Absolutely, we can supply a m² volume and price for the infill blocks.
Depending on the beam type used, the maximum cantilever can extend to 450mm with no additional reinforcement. In special cases, we may be able to cantilever further. If this is required, we would recommend discussing options with the estimator taking care of your project.
We supply two different 150mm beams, our light beams are 25kg/m, our standard beams are 35kg/m
225mm deep beams are 52kg/m, these are capable of much larger spans and as a result these beams are often over 500kg in weight. These beams will need to be moved with mechanical beams such as a HIAB or telescopic handler.
We do not recommend intermediary bearing for the beams. Due to the cambered nature of the beams, this could result in a situation where a beam can ‘rock’ from end to end causing severe structural damage.
You can place orders in many ways. Customarily, we would expect a copy of a purchase order as instruction to proceed with the order. If not, written confirmation over email is acceptable.
A copy of our beam and block layout signed by the customer or architect/engineer to show approval of the dimensions, loadings and finishes of the floor.
A signed drawing confirms to us that all the details of the layout we have produced are correct. This will allow us to proceed to manufacture the beams safe in the knowledge there will be no issues when we deliver to site.
Payment can be made over the phone, in-person at our office, or via bank transfer with the details provided in our invoice.
We usually expect a lead time of 5-7 days from receipt of order and signed drawing; however this can vary greatly. We recommend speaking to our projects team or estimators for a more accurate lead time
All the materials required for the beam and block floor are included in the quotation. This would traditionally be beams, slip bricks, infill blocks, air-brick and vent sets. On top of this, we will also include provision for delivery to site, or an installation cost. Depending on the project, there may be further additions, such as steel trimmers or EPS panels.