Why Do I-Beams Need To Be Replaced?
There are a few reasons why your I-Beams need to be replaced. In older homes, wood was the material of choice and had a lot of issues.
Wooden beams lose their strength over time and crack under pressure. When your basement is humid or has a water leak, wood will get damp and deteriorate over time. Steel beams, although more robust, can rust if located in a wet area and are not maintained. Other factors include:
I-Beam Repair Vs. Replacement
When deciding if you should repair or replace an I-beam, repair is like a band-aid solution, while replacement offers you brand new support.
Depending on the situation, I-beams may require different repairs:
- Replacement of I-Beam Support.
- Replacement of Concrete Footers.
- Replacement of both.
- Replacement of the I-Beam.
Sometimes, wooden supports are used and get rotted out at the bottom. This is usually due to consistent flooding in the basement and is most present in older homes. As these wooden beam supports get rotted and worn away, they start to sink/wear away. This allows the I-Beam itself to sink/sag, causing sloping floors.
It is easy to see the I-Beams in your basement and crawl space. The tricky thing mentioned above is determining if the supports are even appropriately spaced. If they are too far apart, even Steel I-Beams will bend and bow. We suggest an interval of no more than 11 feet, ten at optimal.
Standard Sizing for Homes
We use standard-sized I-Beam replacements for most of our single-family home projects. This size is referred to as “W6x25” in the metal world. This means the I-Beam’s width is 6”, and it is 25 pounds per linear foot. This means that our standard size 10-ft I-Beam weighs 250 pounds.