If beams are needed for structural support or reinforcement, they must be designed to the specifications of your individual project. Laytoe’s beam calculations and installation guidance for all support structures is Building Control compliant.

Our structural engineers advise on the suitability of steel, reinforced concrete or wooden beams – balancing practical with aesthetic considerations. We ensure that steel beams are fire resistant to industry standard and will also calculate the fire resistance capacity of exposed timber beams.

  • Calculation for splice connection
  • Pad footing design
  • Steel column and baseplate design
lintels and beams designed for structural support in wall openings
  • Residential and commercial beam design
  • Steel (RSJ), timber and concrete beam calculations
  • Cantilever design for use with trusses and slabs

Laytoe’s beam designs and calculations conform to Building Control regulations.

An experienced builder will know what size beams I need, why do I need Laytoe?

Your builder will only know AFTER a structural engineer has calculated the how much load will be taken by the beam. Laytoe will provide calculations and drawings along with installation recommendations which you can then take to your building control office for approval before your builder orders or installs a load-bearing beam.

Can’t I use an online beam calculator?

Online beam calculators do not provide the precision and other relevant factors that Laytoe’s structural engineers are able to assess during a site survey. Lintels, for example, require an experienced engineer to calculate how much load is applied from the wall above and how much weight and force (load) should be transferred to the walls on either side of a new opening.

How does Laytoe calculate and design beams? 

Our structural engineer visits your property and measures the width and depth of the wall where the beam is to be installed. They will then calculate the load-bearing capability required of the new beam. Different loads are applied depending on the design of existing roofs, floors, walls and also from other beams in the building.

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