We have developed a range of products which means we can always offer a more suitable solution than an organisation who only offers a limited range.
For example, we offer 3 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 good example of this is our ‘light’ 150mm deep, narrow beam. These beams are conservative in cross section whilst also having some capacity in hand. This means they are light and versatile as well as having superior loading capacities when compared to competitor products. They 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 scrutinized 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 is a 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 also 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 airbricks & vents to a minimum or not including them in a quotation will cheapen it. Floorspan believe 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. An example of a company not doing this would be requesting additional foundations to reduce the number of beams necessary thus making the quote look cheaper and not truly dealing with the problem.
Floorspan believe 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 into 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 that will show exactly where beams will need to be laid onto the substructure to construct the beam and block floor. They will also take into account any loadings and finishes on the floor, as well as walls we will be supporting 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 closer estimate please speak to the estimator in charge of your project.