Our Universal beams are also known as I- beams, I section, H Section, H beams, RSJs and Steels. Our RSJ’s are highly suited to construction and manufacturing projects where structural support is essential. They are hardwearing and strong. Our Universal beams are part of our core structural sections range.
The steel beam size shown are the height in mm (the web) x the width in mm (the flange) x the weight per metre in Kg. The vertical middle section of the beam is known as the 'web' and the horizontal component is the 'flange'. The vertical “web” and the horizontal “flange” of a Universal beam are different.
The height and width are measured as if looking at as a capital letter I, hence the name I beam.
The universal beam is rolled from a single piece of structural steel to maintain its structural integrity. All our RSJ’s are S355. S355 describes hot rolled structural steel with 355N/mm^2 minimum yield strength It is essential for major support.
For home building it is used to support walls and floors when making an opening in a load bearing wall or when building an extension. They are also used to make retaining walls in landscape gardening with sleepers placed between them. Another everyday constructional use for the universal beam is to construct the frames of modern office blocks, industrial warehouses and parking garages.
Universal Beams are designed to take the weight of the structural support on its length, whereas a universal column normally holds loads along its vertical axis. Neither universal beams or columns are not equipped to take bidirectional loads.
So that you comply with building regulations, you will need a structural engineer to calculate the loading and supply you with loading certificate and the necessary dimensions. Unfortunately, our team are unable to advise you on the size you require for your project.
At SPD your universal beam can be purchased in standard lengths of 6, 12.5 or 14m or cut to any size you require. If you require a painted beam please just ask the team for an updated price, lead time and availability.