Does your next construction project require metal decking for concrete? There are a variety of components that you must consider before selecting the correct type of metal decking for concrete. Installing the wrong metal deck could result in a structure collapse, and nobody wants this to happen.
Luckily, there’s no need to guess what type of metal decking to use for your concrete slab project. The project engineer will specify the type of metal decking that needs to be used and the corresponding gauge. It’s still critical for you to know the basics of where to look into a metal deck supplier when you are ordering your steel deck.
At CSM Products & Solutions, we have been supplying metal deck throughout the country for over 50 years. We manufacture metal deck to your specifications in a variety of depths, widths, and gauges with competitive pricing and timely delivery. Each different type of metal decking provides features for different applications.
Metal Decking for Concrete
Metal decking is composed of corrugated metal sheets that are supported by beams or steel joists. The purpose of this metal decking is to place the foundation to pour concrete on it to create composite floor decking or steel form decking.
Corrugated Metal Floor Decking
Corrugated metal floor decking yields a slim profile while providing a rigid structure, and most importantly is a lightweight building material. These sheets are extremely solid, making corrugated metal deck the perfect material of choice when working on concrete floors that need additional reinforcement. Additionally, by implementing steel floor decking, you will achieve a strong flooring foundation while using less concrete.
Composite Floor Decking
Composite metal floor deck has embossments designed to interlock with concrete slabs that results in a concrete slab that serves the dual purpose of permanent form and positive reinforcement.
Composite floor decking is typically used because the composite metal floor deck increases the floor’s strength and doesn’t add any extra weight.
Types Of Composite Steel Deck Concrete Floor Systems
You will find three main varieties of composite steel decking. Every manufacturer of composite floor deck will have a different trade name. However, the three types of composite decks that you will find are 1.5″, 2″, and 3″ in depth.
The combination of the gauge of the steel and the depth of the floor deck will determine the panel strength and engineering values required for your project. Floor decking with a bigger depth and heavier gauge will require stronger metal decking that’s shallower or of a lesser gauge.
1.5″ Composite Deck
Typically 1.5″ Composite Metal Deck is used for applications in outdoor flooring, and it’s the lowest profile composite floor decking capable of the shortest spans.
Depending on the manufacturer that you are using, you will find different gauges offering. CSM Metal Deck’s 1.5″ Composite Deck supports construction spans from 1 foot to 11 feet in distance, depending upon the gauge and back-span condition (single, double, triple). We stock and manufacture 1.5″ Composite Deck in various gauges, including 22, 20, 18, and 16.
2″ Composite Deck
A 2″ composite floor decking is able to handle thicker concrete slabs and span further distances compared to a 1.5” metal floor deck. As well as 1.5″ metal floor deck, 2″ composite floor deck supports construction spans from 1 foot to 11 feet in distance, depending upon the gauge and back-span condition (single, double, triple). We stock and manufacture 2″ Composite Deck in various gauges, including 22, 20, 18, and 16.
3″ Composite Deck
3″ Composite Metal Deck is a sturdy and easy-to-install choice for your metal floor decking and is typically used for applications in outdoor flooring. This is the deepest composite floor deck type readily available. It’s also the strongest and can span the furthest compared to a 1.5″ composite deck and a 2″ composite deck.
Metal Decking for Concrete Supplier
CSM Products & Solutions’ manufacturing team has the necessary knowledge and tools to supply metal deck for concrete that meets the needs of your small-scale or large commercial construction project. Please contact us today if you need guidance or recommendations on which coposite metal deck is best for your particular construction application.