Wood, whether it's dimensional lumber (whole wood) or engineered, usually costs less in terms of both the material and labor to install. An exception may be in areas where forests are few and far between and steel manufacturing is copious (think Australia, not Colorado). Dimensional lumber beams

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Ironwood she already wants to get a beam in there, so I think she figures it might be structural. However, I agree with the comment about a contractor builder. Regardless, it almost certainly can be done. Cost anyone's guess. Least expensive route will probably be a engineered wood beam, but it still

The result is typically a lower total installed cost per square foot with engineered lumber," adds O'Day. Engineered lumber also reduces the number of call backs for builders. Squeaky, or bouncy floors are usually expensive to correct. Installations using engineered I-beams can significantly reduce callbacks related to this