When planning a loft conversion, picking the right materials is important. A loft conversion without steel beams might be an unusual idea, but it’s definitely not out of the question if you plan ahead correctly.
It’s important to understand that this will have some implications for your construction project though. In some cases, it can even raise your costs significantly. But if you are planning a smaller loft conversion that doesn’t require strong support, you may be able to get away without using steel beams.
Wood is a good alternative to steel beams for loft conversion support. It comes with some downsides though. You will typically have to pay more for the same number of beams, and you’ll be more limited in how you’re setting up the support of your loft. You also have to make sure that the plywood material you are using must have the appropriate thickness to support the room.
That said, you might also be able to find good deals on timber beams in your area which would negate that point. Talk to your local suppliers and see what they have on sale. As many people are focusing on using steel beams in their loft conversions, it’s possible that some suppliers of timber beams might have a lot of leftover stock that they’re looking to unload. You can also look at cheap loft conversion builds to help cut with the costs.
Timber beams have some shortcomings compared to steel beams when used in loft conversions. They don’t have the capacity to extend as far, meaning that you’ll be more limited in the area you’re converting. And as we mentioned above, steel beams are also typically cheaper and using wooden beams might up your loft conversion costs, although there might be some exceptions on your local market.
Steel is a more durable material as well. If you have the choice, we generally recommend going with steel beams instead of timber beams, as this will reduce the long-term maintenance requirements of your loft conversion.Loft