Timber post


Timber post design


Timber post design

Timber has been used for century’s as a structural material.  It is very easy to work with and it is also readily available.

In new properties, timber posts are often used as a feature, but they are surprisingly strong and they are able to support quite heavy floors and beam loadings. 

In older properties new timber posts are often needed to replace existing timbers which have deteriorated.  Often Building Control ask for calculations to justify this type of replacement post.

If the post is to be left exposed then it needs to be designed to provide enough fire resistance.  This can be done by applying specialist paints.  However, it can also be done by using a slightly larger post.  The outer layers of the post can char during a fire but there will still be enough timber left to support the loads.

Our structural calculations for a timber post assumes that the post is an integral part of the building (ie it is supporting an axial load only).

We need the following information to design a timber post

architectural layouts or sketch drawings with dimensions, so we can work out all the loadings on the timber post

Design information

All design work is carried out in accordance with BS5268

The calculations provided will be suitable for Building Regulation approval.