Block & Beam
There are two main methods of constructing ground floors. The
first is to lay a solid mass of reinforced wet concrete directly
onto the ground (known as solid floors). The second is far more
sustainable as it uses blocks with recycled materials, has better
thermal values and lots of site advantages. This is block and beam
(known as suspended floors).
The block and beam system is a reinforced beam laid across or
between walls. These beams are infilled with aircrete blocks and
have the advantage of being a completely dry construction system.
Once laid, the floor is strong and safe and can be used as a
platform to continue your building project.
Advantages of block and beam:
A block and beam floor eliminates the bounce associated with
timber floors. Shrinkage is minimal and block and beam floors do
not creak in use.
Noise within homes is a source of concern to home owners. Block
and beam concrete floors, used for years in the construction of
flats, are now widely used in housing to produce quieter homes.
As the block and beam floor is delivered to site ready for use,
only simple installation techniques are needed; floors are quickly
installed ready for following trades.
Safe working platform
As soon as the flooring is installed, the floor can safely be
used as a working platform, allowing the inner leaf construction
work to commence.
Thermal flooring systems
Thermal flooring systems are a simple and cost effective way to
create a fully insulated suspended floor. They comprise a deep beam
with interlocking precision cut, solid core polystyrene panels,
providing an unbroken layer of insulation. The floor is then
finished with a structural screed.
- Quick and simple installation - no specialist teams
- Provides immediate safe all weather working platform.
- Flexibility of design - the high load carrying capacity allows
complete freedom of room design layouts.
- Block and beam helps to reduce noise transmittance through
- Rigid floors don't have bounce or creaking.
Jewson has everything you'll need...
- Solutions; We are able to supply our customers with the very
latest building products, with links to suppliers in the specialist
field of block and beam. Jewson can offer a wide choice of
solutions to meet all specifications and regulations.
- Design service; Bring your plans into your local Jewson branch
for a quick turnaround design and planning service.