Strutting in timber floors
Strutting plays a useful role in promoting composite structural behaviour of the components that form a timber floor.
The effects of strutting are to:
- reduce local deflections by transferring load to adjacent joists (load sharing)
- improve joist stability by providing lateral support to joist edges
- reduce the effects of vibration that have frequencies above the natural frequency of the floor.
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) is an overview when and why to use strutting in timber floors, types of strutting and how to install it.
It has been updated in July 2015 with minor amendments to the text to cite the latest British Standards and other references.
- Types of strutting
- Where to use strutting
- How to install strutting
This Wood Information Sheet was reviewed in February 2017 and minor corrections were made to the references section.
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