How Much Do Floor Joists Cost?
If you’re in the building industry or are looking for more information on different floor joist prices, this is the blog post for you. We will walk you through the most popular floor joist types Pasquill offers, how much do floor joists cost and what you can do to lower that cost. Take a look.
Floor Joist Types
We have a fully dedicated blog post on what is a floor joist, but here is your chance to recap the most common floor joist types.
Posi-Joists are a type of floor joist that is characterised by being lightweight yet strong. They give you more design freedom by allowing for a greater span distance than solid joists and are suitable for both floor and roof usage.
JJI Joists are quicker and easier to install than a solid timber set. This type of floor joist is also lighter, weighing half the weight of its timber counterpart, making them easier to handle.
What Affects Floor Joist Prices
The type of floor joist you choose will have a significant cost on the overall build of a property, which makes it all the more important to understand what are the requirements and what each space is aimed for.
The following factors will likely increase floor joists prices:
- Large spans without internal supports
- Heavy floor coverings i.e. heavy tiles/screed etc.
- Underfloor heating
- Use of space i.e. gym/games room/office
These factors impact the cost of both floor joist types (JJI joists and Posi-Joists) in the same measure.
Specifically, in terms of the use of space, their effect on joists cost must be kept in mind. Let us explain: a standard domestic loading for floor joists is a lot lighter than a gym/game room/ office (due to the weight of equipment) and therefore the design needs to be more robust which generally increases the cost of the joists.
How To Lower Floor Joist Prices
There are a few things you can do to ensure that the cost of your build is minimised. To start, take a look at the layout of the property, understand the purpose of each room and what materials each flooring is expected to withstand. The last thing you want is to not factor in additional floor joist prices in your budget simply because you were not aware that a room was intended to have underfloor heating, for example.
For self-builders, a way to minimise your cost is to offer your labour to the skilled tradesmen who are working on your property. Remember that you get what you paid for: so if you opt for cheaper materials and not what the professional design teams at Pasquill determined to be the appropriate solution for the project, you will likely foot a much heftier bill down the line.