24-09-2015
GRC Beton


Monolithic or beam and block flooring?

The choice between monolithic and beam and block flooring should be made after comprehensive consultations with the designer of the house, since both solutions have their disadvantages and advantages.
Monolithic flooring is more expensive, more labour-intensive and harder to build than beam and block flooring. It is also heavier, which is not without an impact on the shape and arrangement of the internal load-bearing walls and ceiling binders. Building it requires time and substantial skill, since one should not forget about even formwork, properly dense reinforcements and good quality concrete mixture, as well as fixing the reinforcement to the tie beam. It is a long-drawn job, taking even over a dozen intense days and one where the help of professionals should be employed – a steel fixer, carpenters and qualified bricklayers. The advantages of monolithic flooring are its low thickness and also good acoustic and thermal insulation properties.
Beam and block flooring is cheaper and easier to build. It is also relatively lightweight and thus its assembly does not require the use of heavy equipment. It can be assembled with one’s own hands, after a brief consultation with the construction site manager – help is required primarily when laying the concrete topping. If it has been designed and built correctly, beam and block flooring requires only assembly supports, without the need to use formwork. The disadvantage of beam and block formwork is their thickness, which, combined with a layer of necessary acoustic insulation (they do not insulate against sound well), can total at over 35 cm. Furthermore, they are primarily built in traditional rectangular shapes.