Plinth Beams and Ground Beams – What are they and what’s the difference?

When it comes to architectural components, beams are of utmost importance.  Helping in the transference and distribution of the load – be it dead or live – from the columns to the upper-level structures, the walls, or the foundation that lies below, beams are vital horizontal structures.

Simply put, beams hold up upper-level structures. When it comes to beams there are two different types of most popular use by concrete professionals when they are launching the project.

The two beams most often sued are ground beams and plinth beams.

Ground Beams Sometimes called grade beams, ground beams are built at the foundation level of any type of structure, ground beams aid in the support of walls, joists, or other such structures. They are especially functional in an area where the soil is not sturdy enough to lend the structure support. Ground beams ensure a foundation is strong enough for the construction project to begin.

Usually placed on top of the ground or close by, ground beams are given additional support at each end by using piers.  It’s particularly noteworthy to point out that ground beams are made of concrete that is unbreakable so that it delivers a bearing wall’s load into foundations that are spaced.

Ground beams are relatively simple to construct, and they can be constructed in a range of shapes and sizes. Being flexible, this beam gives support to the foundation and the soil, thereby lending a surface that is steady and sturdy for building upon.

Ground beams themselves are able to be added to other ground beams. Applications of this feature show up in pipes, dowels, rebars, and conduits.  Many leading concrete professionals consider ground beams to be very efficient to install. They don’t require much labor or time, yet they are reliable and inexpensive. So, when you are presented with an option to choose a ground beam, it is well worth considering.

Plinth Beams   Named after the level where they are constructed, plinth beams are built a bit above ground level, i.e., the plinth level. Plinth beams are distinctive in that they don’t need any reinforcement. Their height is determined on the basis of the structure. Their breadth, on the other hand, is quite different. Their breadth needs to be equivalent to the wall’s width. It also needs to be a bit thicker than the wall.

Plinth beams serve a vital purpose. They are critically necessary in order to bypass settlement, referred to as a differential, into the structure. Essentially, the load related to the plinth beam is distributed in a uniform fashion to the foundation. This is how the settlement issue is avoided. The ramifications of this are that cracks or breaks in the foundation are prevented from being spread to the walls.

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