Joists & Bars
Joists & bars are structures that are commonly used in the construction of decks. The joists are horizontally placed to span an open space, and several connected with bars to frame the structure.
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The main reason why joists & bars are used to frame decks is to support them, and provide additional structure reinforcement. The frame will allow the deck to handle greater loads and span conditions that it may not have been able to otherwise.
In construction joists & bars come in a variety of different types. Each can differ in terms of the material it is made form, its shape and structure, or the loads and span conditions that it is designed for.
Often the lightweight materials that joists & bars are made from make them a cheaper alternative in construction, while still enabling them to bear the load that is required. Many joists nowadays are made from steel due the fact that it is efficient, economical, lightweight, and has a very high weight-to-strength ratio.
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