How Do I Get an RSJ?
If your loft is not stable enough to support the extra weight of the loft conversion on its own, an RSJ will be needed to provide additional stability and make sure that your loft conversion is structurally sound. An RSJ will be added before the loft conversion is built as a standard part of the conversion process. Since loft conversions do not come cheap, an RSJ is the best option for getting the highest quality on a budget when stabilising your loft space since steel is a mass-produced material making it more cost-effective to purchase compared to timber beans for your loft. In addition, steel beams will often last for longer and are easier to maintain.
Why Do Some Loft Conversions Need RSJ?
While some lofts may have been built with the additional support needed for an extra room, this is mostly not the case. In the majority of cases, the loft space is simply not strong enough on its own to bear the load of an additional bathroom, bedroom, home office, or storage space that you want to create in this area of your home. Subsequently, without an RSJ your loft could be at a very high risk of collapsing and other serious damage occurring in your home. If your current loft walls are not load-bearing, an RSJ will be added to ensure the structural integrity of your new room and ensure that building regulations are met.
RSJs are steel beams that are added to loft conversions in order to ensure structural integrity and provide additional support for the extra living space. Get in touch with us today to find out more about RSJs and if your loft will need one.