What is a Flitch Beam and What are Their Benefits?

Many customers come to us wanting to know about the options available for the latest work project on their property. This can be anything from whether or not they should install hardwood doors on their garages, if they want to add a loft space to their created building, or if they would like to make a completely bespoke design. We can even provide advice on the benefits of using either flitch beams or traditional jointing techniques.

At English Heritage Buildings, we have many years of experience in working with timber as a construction material. As such, we pride ourselves on being able to discuss a wide range of design features and building techniques that have wood at their heart, including whether or not flitch beams have more advantages than jointing techniques. We are happy to do this in order to help our customers make the best decision for what they wish to purchase, whether that is a new oak or timber framed building, garage or extension. 

If you have been looking to create a new, durable wooden structure with a timeless style on your property, explore the range we have available on this site or get in touch with us today. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you select the product you need, and can discuss any special requirements that you may have for it, before our expert carpenters start their work.

What is a Flitch Beam?

flitch beamA flitch beam (otherwise known as a “flitched beam”) is a compound beam made up of a steel plate (commonly referred to as a “flitch plate”) and two timber beams. The steel plate is sandwiched between the wooden beams, with the three alternating layers being held together using bolts. The word “flitch” means “flesh” and it refers to the fact that the beams have always been cut lengthwise into strips, similar to bacon (which is where the word originated).

What are the Benefits of Using Flitch Beams?

The main benefit of using steel flitch beams is that they are lighter and cheaper than pure steel, while also still allowing the builder to fix in surrounding timber framework using either nails or screws. This would save the builder money, while ensuring the strength of their work project is not compromised in any way. Flitch beams can also be made stronger, by adding more timber and steel layers into the design.

Flitch beams are also stronger than timber, and require less depth for building than a wooden beam would, if it had the same amount of strength.

What are the Disadvantages to Flitch Beams?

The biggest disadvantage to using flitch beams is the high cost of labour involved in their manufacture. The cost is great enough that their use has actually fallen in contemporary construction, with flitch beams mostly only being used for historic renovations (as the beams will reinforce existing lumber supports) and aesthetic purposes. The beams also take a longer time to put together than beams made only from timber, meaning that the amount of time needed to complete a work project will increase.

Why We Prefer Traditional Jointing Techniques to Flitch Beams

flitch beamAt English Heritage Buildings, we only ever use traditional jointing techniques to put our solid timber products together for customers. Our method of working has a number of benefits over the use of flitch beams, which we have listed below:

  • The products are lighter
  • The products are cheaper to produce and put together
  • The products take less time to make and install
  • The products are made more efficiently
  • The products offer you a more traditional design for your property
  • The products are sustainably sourced

Lighter: Structures made purely from timber are lighter than those which contain a steel plate, allowing for an easier build and quicker installation.

Cheaper: Products made entirely out of wood cost less to make, and can save you money on labour costs as they require a smaller workforce to put together, in a shorter amount of time. 

Less Time to Make: Frames made only from handcrafted wood will result in quicker work from our expert carpenters, meaning that your product will be ready in a shorter amount of time. In turn, you will then be able to put your purchase together more quickly, resulting in the installation being completed sooner.

More Efficient: Frames made with traditional jointing techniques are made more efficiently, with close attention to detail that results in a cleaner finish. This also helps to bring about a swift, simple installation that would not be achieved with flitch beams.

Traditional Design: Completely wooden frames have a wide reputation as a classical design, lending an authentic charm to your property that could not be achieved with any other type of beam available.

Sustainably Sourced: When you choose to buy your oak or timber product from us, you can be certain that the wood is coming from a sustainable source. For every tree we use in our products, three more are planted in its place, keeping our products sustainable for the future and meaning we will be able to provide high quality oak and timber frames for many years to come.

Contact Us

flitch beamsIf you have been looking for a strong, beautiful oak or timber structure to complete the look of your home, get in touch with English Heritage Buildings today. Our products offer all the benefits over flitch beams that are listed above, and we love what we do, so we want you to be able to have the best product available on the market. 

Contact us and we can discuss what you would like for your property, before you place an order and our professional carpenters and timber graders can select the wood for your frames. You can have your perfect oak building, garage or extension in no time; all you have to do is call.

Cost of Building Our Garages

cost to build a garage

When planning a new garage for your home, one of the factors that will often take precedence is how much it will cost. Ensuring that you are keeping to your budget is often a source of worry, and the cost involved in 

building a garage may have an impact on this. As such, we do everything possible to keep our prices both competitive and fitting for the budget you already have planned.

At English Heritage Buildings, we aim to offer a wide variety of handcrafted, ready-made and bespoke oak and timber garages to our customers across the UK. Costs on these will vary, depending on what is asked for, but we are certain that we can always craft and deliver your new garage with your specific needs taken into consideration, as well as to the standards we expect and at a price that will suit you. 

Contact us today if you would like to speak to one of our friendly members of staff about what we can build. Alternatively, you can also read on to find out more about how we set out our fees or explore our range to find the garage that will look perfect when placed on your property.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Garage?

Our selection of garages all come with their own prices attached, starting from around £4,900+VAT without the costs of delivery, roofing or groundworks. 

These costs are all dependent on which of our products you want for your property. For instance, the cost to build a double garage from us (which starts at £5,000+VAT) will be higher than the price of building a single garage. In turn, the cost to build a two car garage with loft space, or even the cost of building a three car garage, will increase from there. 

Certain features of our ready-designed products can also affect the price. To give an example, if you are planning on creating a two bay garage with a room above it, for the supply of an oak framed garage, including two sets of hardwood garage doors, you can expect to see a price of £15,500+VAT. However, this decreases to £11,600+VAT if you choose not to add the doors.

Prices for Bespoke Wooden Garages

cost to build a garageMany of our customers come to us with a design already in mind for their dream custom-made garage, or wondering if they can adapt one of our catalogue designs in order to suit what they would like for their property. We are delighted to be able to help our customers make their dreams a reality with our “Design Your Own” service on our site, and can also happily say that customers will not have to worry about price increases if they choose a custom design.

Our bespoke timber garages are priced the same way as our ready-made catalogue designs, meaning that if you choose to build the garage you have always wanted, you will not have to pay more for it being your own creation. This will help to save you more money than if you had chosen to go elsewhere. 

Please go to our bespoke design service page to learn more, or get in touch with us. Our team members will be happy to discuss the process with you, before you decide on your purchase.

Our Fixed Prices

No matter which of our products you choose to buy, you will not have to worry about the prices increasing once you have placed your order. We provide a fixed price quotation for everything we make, keeping our prices as competitive as possible. We will also never add extra costs onto your project once a purchase has been made, if you have not made any further requests or changes to the design. 

Costs will rarely change for our quotes. The only time that you should ever see a different price to the one originally provided will be if you wish to change something about your design, or if the Building Control Officer requests a change in the specification or design of your groundworks.

For more information about our fixed price service, please do not hesitate to call us. We can answer any of your questions and even provide a free quote on what you would like for your property.

Our Price Match Service

cost to build a garageAs well as offering fixed prices, our aim to keep our prices competitive also means that we are proud to offer a price match guarantee for the cost of our services. You can be safe in the knowledge that you will be getting a high quality product for a price that you not only expect, but may also help your budget more than you had imagined.

In order to offer our price matches, all you have to do is provide us with an emailed or posted copy of an official quote from one of our competitors. This quote should be a fixed price, match our specifications and be guaranteed to not increase after their structural engineer has confirmed their own final quote.

To find out more about our price match services and to get a list of the competitors we will match against to offer the lowest, most cost-effective prices, please get in touch with us by phone or email.

Why Choose Us?

Our expertise has been proven and rewarded through certification from Exova BM TRADA. This shows that we do everything we can not only to provide products of the highest standards, but that we also prioritise the care and satisfaction levels of our customers. When you choose to order from us, we will design everything you want to your specifications, ensuring you are getting the exact product you have asked for.

We also sustainably source all the timber we use in our work, with three trees planted for every one used in a garage. This ensures that we will be able to continue making cost-effective products for years to come.

Get in Touch

cost to build a garageIf you have been looking for an oak or timber framed garage at a price to suit your budget, contact English Heritage Buildings today. We can answer any questions you may have, from how much a single garage will cost to build, to the cost of building a garage that is attached to your house. 

We know that keeping to your budget is important to you, which makes it important to us, as well, so get in touch and we can help plan what you need for the money you have available. With years of experience behind us, we know we will be able to help you find what you are looking for, or to come to a decision over what will be best for your property.

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Our lean manufacturing journey

Here Darren Hook, Managing Director at English Heritage Buildings, offers an insight into the company’s recent efforts to operate a more efficient manufacturing process and explains how the rewards of the lean journey are already being reaped by customers.

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