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Old 03-12-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Price of laminated beams

Looking into using a 30' glulam. trying to design a garage space with out any post's in the middle of the floor space.

Wondering if anyone could supply a link or know a ballpark price.

I'm also open to a steel I-beam.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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More info would be helpful.....length and width you are hoping for,wall height,roof pitch etc.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:34 AM   #3
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steel is going to be cheeper and stronger. LVL and gluelam are nice but expensive
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Price of laminated beams

Here is a very rough sketch of my proposed Garage.

the Beam would run the length of the garage and support the short wall on the 12' section as well as the roof of the 18' section. The glulam or steel beam would be 30' long






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Old 03-15-2010, 07:50 PM   #5
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your gonna need an engeneer for that. You have alot of loads there
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #6
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You are carrying most of a 30x30 area, being from canada I would guess you have a decent PSF for snow load to carry - and with as flat of a pitch as you have shown you would be wise to overbuild since the snow is not very likely to be sliding off.

30x30 is 900sf I know the snowy areas around here use 100PSF load for roof loads so your beam will be carrying ~50,000# load (walls will carry the other parts).

Probably going to be something like a 30-36" tall beam as a gluelam.

Your choice of roofline is big limiting factor here- Storage truss would get you the upstairs you have shown and not need a beam.

Trusses for a 30' deep building and only 30' wide should be less than $1800 delivered
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:26 AM   #7
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Default Re: Price of laminated beams

As a reference....the beam in my garage is 20' long (7" x 16")...it cost me about $600....

If you end up with a beam you might want to consider PSL...I believe it has a higher loading than gluelam.
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:40 AM   #8
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I am building a 30x30 garage with 11' walls. I want to put in a loft storage area in half of the garage. I also want it to be clear span, no middle supports. All 3 contractors I have talked with say with a 30' span... it will need to be a steel I beam, if I want to have any headroom left over. A gluelam or wood engineered I beam would have to be some 30" deep. The quotes I have gotten are in the $9500 range for a 15x30 storage loft!! So I am looking to get prices and sources for a steel beam to see about building this myself.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:45 AM   #9
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My biggest regret is that I used engineered wood instead of steel for my 40' ridge, for the simple reason that the I-beam allows you to use a trolley hoist. The only major disappointment with my build. Go with the I beam!
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:50 AM   #10
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Yes, in terms of a gluelam/LVL beam, you are looking at a pretty large beam.

You asked about a ballpark price - Disclaimer: I am in no way suggesting that the following size of LVL is in any way adequate for your application - locally, here in Missouri, a 1.75" x 14" LVL was $4.82/lineal ft as of this past October. That's the only size I priced or bought.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:53 AM   #11
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As I recall, I paid well under $2000 for a 26 foot I-beam 16 inch section depth about 5 years ago.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
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I have no problems using a steel I-beam.
I was also thinking about it's other uses as well.
I do appreciate the info. so far,thanks.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:23 PM   #13
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look at socketsystems.com they can get you a 30' steel beam w/welded on foor joist tabs for about $950.00 each
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:15 PM   #14
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I have two LVL's my garage to support the full height second story above. The beams are 28' long and are about 22"x10". They were about $800 each.

The county engineer told me I had two options for a clear span with no posts after reviewing my plans, 2 LVL's and stick built joists above or use 14" TJI's for floor joists. The TJI route would have cost more and also ate down into my garage ceiling height some..

I didn't ask or pursue steel at the time. It was nice that the LVL's could just be wrapped with sheetrock without the extra framing needed. But having a trolly to pull an engine would be cool.. Just make sure to get the i-beam rating spec'd for your building load plus like 1000lbs or whatever..
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:22 AM   #16
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Since you live in Petrolia, ON I would question your choice of a 12:2 roof pitch. Snow loads need to be taken into consideration as well so I suggest you talk to a structural engineer. He might recommend a greater pitch such as a 12:4 or 12:5.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:35 AM   #17
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Default Re: Price of laminated beams

I'm in the process of getting the local building code.
My design is subject to change as required by code.

Talked to a local lumber yard. He gave me a few leads as far as steel beam suppliers goes.
They can provide full plans to the inspector for your average pole barn but is unable to help with any type of design requiring custom engineering.

I specifically need to find what our local snow load is. this will determine the beam I need.(as already stated by others)
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:34 PM   #18
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Since you live in Petrolia, ON I would question your choice of a 12:2 roof pitch. Snow loads need to be taken into consideration as well so I suggest you talk to a structural engineer. He might recommend a greater pitch such as a 12:4 or 12:5.
i have the same concern and the fact that you'll be more susceptible to moisture problems with a lower slope roof
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