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What is beam and block flooring?
Beam and block flooring is a type of flooring system that consists of precast concrete beams and blocks. It is commonly used in both residential and commercial buildings as a cost-effective and efficient way of creating a solid and durable floor structure.
The system works by placing precast concrete beams horizontally across the span of the floor, supported by load-bearing walls or steel columns. The beams are typically spaced at regular intervals, and they provide the primary support for the floor.
Concrete blocks, also known as infill blocks, are then placed between the beams to fill the gaps. These blocks are designed with slots or channels on the top surface to allow them to interlock with the beams, creating a stable and secure flooring system.
Once the beams and blocks are in place, a layer of screed is poured over the top to create a smooth and level surface. This screed can be finished with various flooring materials, such as tiles, carpet, or laminate, depending on the desired aesthetics and functionality of the space.
At Mexboro, we specialise in the design and manufacture of premium-quality beam and block flooring. Read on for our complete guide to beam and block flooring, including its many benefits, where it can be used, and what to consider prior to installation.
What are the benefits of beam and block flooring?
There are a number of advantages to using block and beam flooring in your construction project, including:
Versatility: Beam and block flooring can be used on various types of ground conditions, including sites with poor soil quality or uneven surfaces.
Speed of installation: The precast T-beams and blocks can be laid quickly, reducing construction time compared to other flooring installation methods.
Strength and stability: The combination of the reinforced T-beams and solid infill blocks creates a robust load-bearing structure that’s suitable for most applications.
Thermal and acoustic insulation: The voids between the beams and blocks can be filled with insulation materials, providing effective thermal and sound insulation properties.
Adaptability: Beam and block flooring can be easily adapted to accommodate additional features like underfloor heating systems.
Where can beam and block flooring be used?
Beam and block flooring is a durable and cost-effective solution for suspended floors. It can be used on both ground and upper floors in all types of construction projects, including residential and commercial structures.
How to install beam and block flooring
For the best results, you should engage the services of a qualified contractor to install your new beam and block flooring. Below is a typical installation process:
- Site preparation: Ensure the ground is properly excavated and levelled. Any necessary groundwork, such as installing a damp-proof membrane or insulation, should be completed now.
- Beam placement: Position the precast concrete beams according to the layout plan. The beams are typically placed on wall bearings or supported by other load-bearing structures. They should be aligned accurately and securely fixed in place. Ensure that you have planned for a sufficient void space between the underside of the beams and the floor (150mm or more), as this will help ensure sufficient ventilation.
- Block installation: Concrete blocks are placed between the beams, creating a solid base for the flooring system. The blocks are laid in a staggered pattern, interlocking with the beams to create stability.
- Fill and level: Once the blocks are in place, the voids between them are filled with a concrete screed or grout. This fills any gaps and provides additional strength to the floor structure. The surface is then levelled using appropriate tools.
- Finishing touches: After the concrete has cured and the floor is fully set, the final floor finish can be applied. This can include screed, tiling, or other types of flooring materials, depending on the desired aesthetic and functional requirements.
The installation process can vary based on the guidelines from the manufacturer, the specific requirements of your project, and the local building regulations. Make sure to consult the appropriate documentation and seek advice from a professional if required.
Leading manufacturer of premium block and beam flooring
Mexboro have been supplying high-quality precast concrete units across the UK for over 50 years. Our commitment to excellent customer service, competitive pricing, and outstanding results sets us apart, and we pride ourselves on having worked with clients as respected as the Ministry of Defence and National Trust.
Whether it’s a small or large project, we collaborate with you to design T-beam flooring that perfectly suits your needs, using advanced manufacturing techniques and quality control methods to create flooring that stands the test of time.
Our flooring is subjected to extensive testing conducted by reputable third-party institutions and our own UKAS-calibrated testing equipment. We ensure rigorous dimensional checks during the setup of the prestressed casting bed and the storage of beams in our yard before transportation. This meticulous approach guarantees a consistently high level of quality throughout our products.
We offer prestressed concrete floor beams in dimensions of 155mm and 220mm. For more detailed specifications, please refer to our beam and block flooring brochure.
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