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Looking for a supplier of steel or wood beam in the Northshore region of MA. Beam will be around 16ft so I'm debating which one to use wood or steel. It's for a house where a section of the wall is being taken out.

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What kind of beamare we talking about?
Exposed architectural or just a load bearing beam?
If it is just load bearing then any lumberyard can
get a glulam beam ordered. Or you could
use lvls. I like Nordic brand laminated stuff cause
they use fir.
 

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Any steel supplier can supply a steel beam (if you are attaching a plate to the top of it have them drill it for you, saves time well worth the cost) and any lumber yard can supply LVL's or glulams or other wood beams.
Bring in your drawings, plans and specs and they can help you out.
 

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If you're up in the North shore, go to "Jackson-lumber." They'll have what you need at good prices. Be sure to get the steel punched before delivery!
 

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LVL Does the Trick

If you are looking for a carrying (load bearing) beam; an LVL is the simplest way to go. Be sure to install adequate pockets before setting the LVL. Triple 2x4s or 2x6s will be fine. Any lumber yard should carry or be able to order a 16' beam for you. Be sure your ladders are capable of handling the weight as you and a partner walk it up. A 3rd guy with a "T" in the middle is a good idea.
 
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