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In the construction industry, the term ‘steel decking’ covers all forms of the profiled steel sheeting commonly used together with concrete and steelwork to create a composite floor system or as a structural element to support a built-up roof system. The decking typically comes in...

When shear stud welding on site, here are five of our top tips to make sure everything runs smoothly.   Ensure your top flanges are unpainted and have no contaminants.   The top flanges must be free from any type of paint, grease, loose rust or any...

Send us your details! To help you get organised for 2021, once again, we have hundreds of wall planners ready to be distributed to our contacts up and down the country. The problem we are finding is, many of you are working from home and won’t...

You may be aware of our TR80+ floor deck profile, an evolution of one of our original decking profiles, an evolution of one of our original decking profiles, but did you know it’s available with crushed ends? The light gauge steel framing sector Over recent years, we’ve...

After laying the deck it must be fixed to the supporting steelwork. Powder (shot-fired) or gas actuated, or screw fixings can be used for this depending on the application. Below is a list of common applications and support materials. Fixing to structural supports Composite Beams When steel beams...

We have developed a unique new mobile phone app for architects, designers and engineers. Our ‘SMD Elements® Span Check’ initiative has now been launched. The free-to-download app is a calculation tool enabling users run simple span checks on our range of floor deck profiles.   Easy-to-use The easy-to-use app,...

Why Composite? The increased performance of composite beams, in stiffness and bending resistance, allows the construction of longer spans and shallower floors when compared to non-composite methods. This could allow smaller storey heights, more floors for the same building height, more flexible column free areas and...