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Hale Built Group offers reliable and timely girder replacement services for foundation repair. With experienced engineers and certified technicians, you can trust us to deliver on our promise of cost-effective solutions designed to stand the test of time. Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about our excellent girder replacement service.
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Quality Solutions From New Jersey's Premier Girder Replacement Contractor

At our company, we aim to be the premier girder replacement contractor in New Jersey by providing top-quality support beam solutions. We are experienced contractors with a well-trained staff of structural engineers that can help build support for any project. Our team knows what is needed to fit temporary support and ensure it's safe during construction. No matter your support beam project's shape, size, or weight, our professionals will take care of it quickly so you can continue with one less thing to cause worry.

Call or schedule a consultation today with Hale Built Group's expert contractors!

What are "Girders / Beams?" and How Do They Affect Structural Integrity?

Girders: Girders are structural beams that support the weight of the ceiling joists or floor joists. Manufacturers produce steel and concrete girders, sometimes made from wood. Joists and girders remain essential elements in a well-built home or commercial structure. They help transfer weight across distances to give the structure more stability as soils shift and foundations settle. Together, these girder-beam and joist systems provide long-lasting support for buildings.

Joists: As previously mentioned, joists are horizontal supports bearing the weight of a home's floor and ceiling materials. Joists are usually made from concrete, wood, and steel, depending on how much weight must be transferred to deeper vertical support beams. These support systems run perpendicular to girders and beams, providing lateral support. Without full functionality from these support systems, a property's structural integrity would be severely compromised, potentially leading to structural failure.

Continue reading to learn more about identifying sagging or damaged joists and girder systems.

How to Identify Sagging Joists & Girders

Discovering that your home's foundation is disrepair can be a stressful experience. Things become even more stressful with damaged girders and beams. This kind of damage is an easy-to-miss yet growing and looming danger to your home and family. If suspected structural issues are present, it is always best to enlist the help of a structural engineer who can do a full assessment. However, identifying this kind of damage is a great skill, so we've listed some tell-tale signs below to look for when you suspect girder and beam failure.

  • Visible signs of sagging or drooping girders.
  • Cracks in the drywall, flooring, or ceiling.
  • Sticking doors and windows that don't close properly.
  • Creaks and groans from your floors as you walk over them.
  • Sagging attic floors with little insulation.
  • Bulging walls or ceilings that appear to be "pregnant."
  • Excessive splintering and cracking in the floorboards.

Refusing to address the problem or using makeshift repair solutions often results in expensive and inconvenient hotfixes in the future. So please don't take the security of your home's girder foundation lightly; take advantage of our skilled engineers who can immediately identify the problem's source and make the required repairs.

The Primary Causes of Damage to Girders & Floor Joists

Joists and girders sag for various reasons, though the most common cause is your foundation settling. You may or may not know that the soil around your home is constantly moving, settling, and shifting. This natural process puts stress on your foundation, which causes your joists and girders to sag. However, other prominent factors cause girder damage that we cover in more detail below.

Foundation Settlement

When supporting soils below a structure compress or move, "foundation settlement" occurs. A building's weight, orientation, and current surrounding climate affect the ground beneath it. These factors will cause it to sink, shift, contract, and compact.

Sandy and loamy New Jersey soil, known as "Downer Soil," further complicates construction. Settlement in downer soil can cause sagging joists and girders that spawn cracks in the foundation.

Inadequately Installed Supports

Building standards are ever-evolving, and with older homes, the support system may often not adhere to current construction guidelines. Joists placed too far apart or girders spaced out inappropriately may cause floors and ceilings to collapse. It's often hard to know if the initial installation of the girders was correctly done unless the proprietor was directly a part of the installation process, so if you suspect that your girders are mal-aligned, your foundation may need repair.


Factors like termites, moisture, mold, erosion, and rot can often wreak havoc on a crawl space structure, causing it to weaken. Addressing the source of the problem on time is a must for a safe structural repair. However, rushing to solve a structural problem instead of hiring a professional team is often a recipe for a stressful and dangerous repair project.

Having a professional contractor like Hale Built make repair solutions can save you emotional energy, time, and money. In addition, when structural decay occurs, you'll likely see tell-tale signs in your home, such as:

Uneven Floors
Floor Cracks
Drywall Cracks
Improperly Functioning Doors and Windows
Tilted or Sunken Basement (Crawl Space) Supports
Wet, Moist, Moldy, or Rotting Wood

Please don't wait until it's too late!

Structural damage is dangerous and costly if ignored, so contact our expert contractors if you suspect a decaying foundation.

The Pros & Cons of Different Girder Materials

When selecting the suitable girder material for a construction project, there are various choices, each with its pros and cons. Ultimately, selecting the appropriate girder material depends on factors like budget and function, though understanding the pros and cons will help you make a wiser choice for your project. The following passages discuss the varying kinds of girder materials.

The Concrete Support Beam System

Concrete girders are particularly effective for foundation applications as they boast high load capacity, but their significant weight requires more sophisticated foundations. These girders require special care during installation and are commonly susceptible to structural damage from moisture.

The Steel Support Beam System

Steel girders provide excellent strength-to-weight ratios, making them a great choice in some situations. However, in other cases, such as in frequently flooded or moisture-heavy areas, steel girders can be prone to rust and may require regular maintenance.

The Wooden Support Beam System

Wood is an affordable, eco-friendly option that can reduce noise emissions during installation but is much weaker than metal options and less fire-resistant or earthquake-proof. Typically constructed from laminated veneer lumber, they are ideal for supporting many structures, though they require periodic maintenance to prevent rot and termite damage.

The Dangers of Holding off Structural Repairs

If you suspect your home's foundation needs repair, it is essential to do so promptly. The issue may increase repair costs and decrease a home's value the longer one waits. Procrastination can also lead to unforeseen extensive structural damage to your home and property.

So if you're worried about repair costs, we offer various financing options for affordable repairs. We also provide a comprehensive project evaluation so that you can be sure of the repairs before deciding.

Don't put yourself, your business, or your family at risk.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can inspect and get started on your repair. For an estimate or financing options on repairs, you can contact our team of specialists. Take action today and call Hale Built Foundation Repair for your foundation needs!

Get In Touch With New Jersey Girder Replacement Experts!

When New Jersey properties experience girder or support wall failure, getting in touch with a team of experts who can handle these structural repairs is crucial. At Hale Built Group, we use our expertise in repairing and replacing joists, girders, and other load-bearing structures for homes and businesses across the state. Our experienced engineers and contractors know how to identify issues with your building's structure and provide safe, effective, and long-lasting solutions. So whether you need to upgrade from load-bearing walls or replace old girders, our team will work with you to ensure that your property is structurally sound again.

To learn more about our services, call or contact us today for an evaluation!

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