Beam Replacement | Replace Wood Beams or Wood Columns with Steel

Column/I-Beam Replacement

Replacement of rotting wooden timber I-beams and columns in homes are essential to keeping a solid and stable floor, especially if the basement or crawl space areas are damp and wet. It’s important to keep the I-beam fully supported since it takes on a load bearing weight from the floor(s) above.  Left unrepaired may lead to structural problems with the main I-beam support failing to support your floors and walls properly. The solution is installation from a professional expert requiring  new steel I-beam and/or a new steel column(s).

Some stress signs of a failed support are slanting floors, cracks on walls, sticky doors, and/or very squeaky floors. If you have any of these stress signs, you may need to have some structural repair work done in your basement or crawl space. These old timber beams and columns may not be adequately be supporting your home and causing your home floors to slope/slant unevenly, because of bows or dips in the beam.

Having a very damp basement or crawl space is not good for your main wood support beams and columns. Wood absorbs moisture, which causes it to rot in different places, especially at the bottom of a wooden column. If you have this problem, you need to replace your wooden beams and/or columns with new steel I-beams and/or steel columns.

Another reason why you may need to replace your existing supports is if you have cinder blocks as your main column support. This kind of support is inadequate and should be replaced with a more engineered column to support heavy loads.

It is also very important that your existing concrete piers be properly sized to support your home, according to engineered specifications. Many homes may not have a rotting problem with their beams or columns, but could still be sinking because of improper concrete pier widths and depths.

We can repair all types of main supports and columns and raise the floors back to a compromise level.

Failing Beam/Column Symptoms

  • Slopping Floors
  • Uneven Floors
  • Downward Bows on Wood Beam
  • Rotting Columns especially at base/bottom
  • Cinder Block Columns Cracked
  • Improperly Installed Engineered Concrete Piers 
  • No Concrete Piers Existing

Column Installation

The existing wooden I-Beam is temporarily shored to replace the damaged column. The new steel column is 3 1/2″ O.D. (outside diameter) with an adjustable screw to withstand up to 100 tons. We place new concrete piers according to engineered specifications. In some cases we can use existing concrete piers.

Beam Installation

The joist are temporarily shored to remove damage wooden I-Beam and columns. We break up any non-enginered concrete piers and excavate new concrete piers according to engineered specifications. We install a steel base at the bottom of the excavated hole then erect a steel column with a 100 ton adjustable screw and place the new steel beam and raise to a compromise level using hydraulic rams.  The steel base will get encased in concrete and and becomes the concrete pier according to engiered specifications reinforced with rebar.

Temporary Wooden Cribbing with Temporary Steel Support

Temporary Support Beam & Column

New Steel I Beam

New Steel I-Beam

One End of New Steel I-Beam

One End of New Steel I-Beam