Carpenters working in the construction industry should possess a good understanding of floor construction methods.
Floors are an essential feature of a building: a structure will not stand if its floors are poorly assembled. Sills, beams/girders, floor joists, trusses, bridging, subflooring are some important terms associated with floor systems.
Floor systems and methods of framing houses go hand-in-hand. Houses that are framed and constructed of wood can be classified as platform, braced, balloon, and post-and-beam framed structures.
These time-tested framing methods have become so pervasive that even modern structures such as skyscrapers use a modified form of platform framing technique. Therefore, a thorough knowledge of laying out and constructing a platform floor assembly, installing joists, and determining girder and joist sizes is essential.
Carpenters building a floor system get detailed information about the construction of the same through architectural drawings and blueprints.
The drawings that are specific to floor systems include foundation plans, floor plans, and section and detail plans. Reading and interpreting these drawings and blueprints correctly is an important part of a carpenter's job.