Beams are crucial structural elements, playing a significant role in making a safe, secure load path to balance the weight of a structure on its foundation. They can be built using the same materials and shapes; however, they serve different functions and are designed differently. Archipro features high quality concrete and steel beams and columns from trusted suppliers in New Zealand.
General guidelines in New Zealand recommend a maximum timber beam span of 3.66 metres (12 feet), although this depends on the manufacturer. Some timber types permit a greater span than others, and certain processes reinforce the integrity of the beam. It is best to check with the particular supplier before purchasing.