Watch us install a 4,000 pound, 33 foot long steel beam. Many builders in the Atlanta Midtown area utilize steel beams to “push in” the garage door entry wall underneath the house in order to increase the turnaround area in front of the garage doors. This design technique is primarily due to very narrow lots.
We go a step further than most contractors since the beams we utilize are about twice as heavy per lineal foot and shallower top to bottom. In this video, the beam in question is only 14” tall, whereas most builders will utilize a beam that is 21” tall. Those builders are succumbing to the old builder adage that “Deeper is Cheaper”.
A homeowner may assume that the 21” tall beam is better, and more expensive, but in actuality they would be wrong on both counts. In addition, the 14” beam will allow more headroom between the bottom of the beam and the surface of the driveway since it can be placed higher in the structure since it sits directly under the floor joists. This will reduce the claustrophobic feel that a person may have while they are standing under the beam on the driveway.
With regard to the beam in this video, it costs approximately $2,500 more than the 21” tall beam and can carry over 10,000 additional pounds. This beam is rated to carry approximately 77,000 pounds! In other words, this is a commercial beam in a residential setting that will last longer, be much stronger, and provide the homeowner with a much better finished environment on their new driveway.