Drop beams and slabs (pros and cons)


Pros

  1. • Flexibility in vertical service distribution, large openings can be accommodated in the slab elements.
  2. • Inherent corrosion protection and fire resistance.
  3. • Simpler reinforcement arrangement.
  4. • Traditional method of construction.
  5. • Simple method of construction not needing specialist capabilities.
  6. • Robust construction.


Cons

  1. • Large openings cannot be accommodated easily on the beam lines.
  2. • Deep beams reduce head room.
  3. • More complex formwork compared to flat slab systems.