Posted: April 14th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, CostEffective, Flexibility, Metal, Package, sustainability | No Comments »
The strength and durability of metal as a construction material is well known. But what is perhaps under-appreciated is the fact that these qualities also help reduce the cost of steel buildings by ensuring the longevity and sustainability of such structures. Both closely related concepts, it is the longevity and sustainability of modern steel building designs that have made them some of the more popular building designs of choice in this day and age when cost-effectiveness is such an important concern.
The longevity of steel buildings is much simpler to quantify than its sustainability. You only have to look at the lifespan of steel buildings to realize that on the whole, they last longer with much less need for repairs than other structures made out of conventional building materials. As important as this benefit is, it is because of their sustainability that metal buildings find favor among a growing number of building developers and contractors.
The sustainability of steel building design can be measured in terms of several factors, including:
reduced material use and maintenance
lower energy consumption
increased overall longevity
These factors contribute to a number of benefits that are apparent throughout the lifespan of a steel building. In the particular area of roofing, metal buildings already have a number of advantages over other structures made out of conventional building material. Metal roofs will require much less maintenance and repairs than roofs made out of other materials, and this will itself have a number of advantages it of reducing overall maintenance costs.
From both cost and environmental standpoints, metal buildings have a number of added advantages as well. A lot of the materials used in the construction of steel buildings are recycled, and these can even be recycled after the structure has outlived its purpose. And with a much lower rate of scrap associated with metal buildings, there is much less wastage for a building that can be constructed at much less cost and a fraction of the time that it would take to erect a similar structure made out of conventional building materials. In contrast, buildings made out of concrete will require clearing and processing of broken masonry, which is virtually useless for any construction purpose. By going with a steel building design, you can greatly reduce the auxiliary costs so often associated with building construction.
Design flexibility of steel buildings
Steel buildings also lend themselves to a tremendous degree of flexibility with regard to meeting the needs of the customer, conforming to local building codes, and adapting to specific applications and environments. Unlike other types of materials, the components used in metal buildings can be custom made to very specific requirements. Not only will this result in building materials that are more closely suited to specific applications, it will also mean much faster construction process with a minimum of costly and time-consuming on-site modifications. This in turn will translate into lower overall construction costs.
Most people who are wary of the traditional look of steel buildings are probably unaware of the many design innovations that have been implemented over the years. While the metallic gray structure of steel pole barns remains commonplace for certain settings and applications, there are many more steel buildings that have adopted more visually pleasing characteristics. Structures built to metal building design standards can in fact take advantage of metal’s unique characteristics and incorporate structural and design flourishes far removed from the traditional barn or hangar look of many decades ago. Since metal can be fashioned into large expanses without much need for support columns, metal buildings have become the design options of choice for churches and cathedrals, as well as commercial facilities in which space is an important concern.
Metal buildings can even incorporate more traditional design elements and materials, further enhancing their visual appeal. This is particularly true with metal framed buildings many of which incorporate design elements such as brick or stone exteriors, and even wide expanses of windows. If the boxy, gray look of the traditional steel building is the only thing keeping you hesitant to take the plunge, the new designs of modern metal buildings should be enough to convince you to reconsider.
The issue of cost
Although myriad variable factors make it difficult to say for certain just how much cheaper the construction of metal buildings is compared to other types of structures, there is no doubt that the average cost of metal building is far lower than you would spend on a similar project using other types of building materials. Although largely because of metal’s much lower cost, this is also due to reduced planning and construction factors. All in all it is safe to say that steel buildings construction will provide you with a construction solution that has the ability to surpass all other types of structures in terms of cost efficiency, durability and reliability.
Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advantages, buildings, Metal, Their | No Comments »
Why metal buildings?
Metal buildings are fast gaining popularity and preference over conventional building materials such as wood and lumber. The reasons are the several advantages you enjoy with a metal building as compared to other materials where such benefits are absent.
Also, an insatiable demand for non-renewable resources like wood has resulted in clearing of forest cover which has adversely affected the global environment. High costs, low availability and limited options have led to the shift from other building materials to metal buildings.
What are the advantages of metal buildings?
Metal buildings have numerous advantages over other building materials which makes them the preferred choice for building strong, stylish and durable high-quality buildings.
Cost-advantage: Metal buildings are relatively cheaper when compared with buildings of other materials. What distinguishes them is that they have low maintenance costs as well. Building a metal building is a one-time affair and the expenditure is a long term investment.
Durability: Another important feature of metal buildings is that they are very sturdy. Metal buildings are heat-resistant and are strong enough to withstand climatic changes. Other materials such as wood do not withstand climatic changes that well.
No labor costs: Professional metal building companies deliver pre-fabricated dismantled metal framework with marked components. These require just bolting and erecting which can be done easily with the help of the detailed assembly handbook making doing-it-yourself possible for smaller structures.
No waste: If a 40′ X 60′ wood building is to be constructed, tons of waste is to be expected. In case of metal buildings, this is not the case. Prefabricated building engineered at the factory in accordance with pre-decided dimensions and completely recyclable material guarantee that there is no residual waste.
Desired design: If you require very high ceilings or want to have a complex design according to the placement of your heavy machinery, metal buildings are best suited for you. You can choose from a wide variety of options and give your requirements beforehand to have your own customized metal building.
Insulation cover: Another addition with metal buildings is the insulation cover you can opt for. Insulation advantages not only reduce the noise level of falling rain in the interiors but also lower overall energy consumption costs.
Insect-resistant: Metal buildings are not affected by insects of any kind and hence are more durable.
Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Green | No Comments »
The frantic building activity going on all over to create affordable housing as well as premium residential & commercial spaces could have serious environmental consequences in the form of deforestation, depleting water table, and strain on natural resources. Also heavy reliance on conventional building materials has aggravated environmental problems as they utilize large amount of non-renewable natural resources like energy, minerals, top-soil, forest cover etc. and are generally polluting in nature.
Typically, conventional building technologies like burnt bricks, steel and cement are high in cost too, making construction unaffordable to wider section of the society. Many developers are now adopting building practices like rain harvesting, solar energy, daylight utilization and other measures, to help sustain the environment. The construction industry is increasingly seeking innovative green building materials, to build economical, affordable buildings and minimize the impact of the construction activity on the environment.
Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources and its impacts are considered over the entire life cycle of the building.
Here are some of the environment-friendly building materials:
Fly-ash bricks: One of the most commonly used products in construction is fly ash bricks, tiles and hollow blocks. Not only has this product solved the problem of disposal of this by-product of the power industry but is also energy efficient in terms of keeping the interiors cooler.
High-performance glass: High performance glazing controls the solar and thermal heat in the interiors and brings abundant natural light without glare resulting in energy savings. The energy savings mean that the initial high cost can be recovered within three-four years.
Recycled wood: This wood made by compressing the wastes like chips, shavings, generated by logging industry and agricultural wastes like sisal fiber, rice husk, jute stalk etc. are being utilized in wide range of applications as substitutes for wood-based products.
Recycled building materials: Much of the building materials used in construction are fabricated with 20% -40%recycled contents including steel, glass, aluminum etc. The gypsum boards and tiles for false ceiling, partitions contain phosphor gypsum, a pollutant by product of fertilizer industry.
Plastic products: Plastic waste which is non biodegradable is recycled to be useful as building product for flooring, waste containers, fence posts, park benches and as substitute to other timber and concrete products. Polyester resin from recycled PET can replace the conventional high cost resin for use in construction.
Bamboo products: Bamboo is fast growing available wood which is increasingly being used as ply panels for wall cladding, flooring and other interior purposes.
Low VOC paints and adhesives: Paints and finishes containing Volatile Organic Compounds release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. Now are available non toxic products with low or zero VOC levels which are less harmful to human and environmental health.
Green roof: Landscaped roofs partially or completely covered with vegetation, reduces winter heat losses and summer cooling loads on buildings thus balancing energy efficiency, rainwater management and climate protection.
Grass pavers: They can be noticed in parking lots, driveways and open areas that are paved but have tufts of grass coming out between the blocks. These are concrete grid systems filled with soil which not only preserve soil erosion but also regenerate the water table by allowing excess water to seep in.
The concept of sustainable building incorporates a variety of strategies; the use of green building materials and products represents one of these important strategies, offering benefits like reduced maintenance and replacement costs, energy conservation and greater design flexibility in the design of a building.
Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Homes, Recycling | No Comments »
Most people have seen videos or live demonstrations of buildings being demolished via wrecking balls or implosion. Straight demolition can happen quickly and efficiently. However, most if not all of the old building materials are taken directly to a landfill. An alternative is building recycling.
Building recycling refers to the dismantlement of a building or home. But, instead of taking the materials to a landfill, items are systematically removed and inventoried. These recycled building materials are then sold to other builders or stored for future use. It is important to mention that the building materials must be kept dry during this phase unless they are for exterior use.
Recycling a building is usually separated into two distinct categories. These include separating the materials into structural and non-structural. The first group, non-structural, consists of doors, windows, cabinets, appliances, and flooring. These items are removed first.
The second category, structural, consists of lumber, concrete, and exterior coverings such as stone, brick, and siding. Once the non-structural materials have been removed, the building is dismantled from the roof down in an effort to preserve as many of the structural components as possible.
A third category worth noting includes piping, duct work, and wiring. Though technically non-structural in nature, removing these materials often disrupts some of the structural components of a building. They are often removed during the structural deconstruction phase.
Building recycling involves a systematic approach to demolition. It also makes use of old materials which, in turn, reduces the energy consumption and emissions produced from manufacturing. Another great benefit is the reduction of materials sent to landfills. Recycling homes and buildings is a great way to contribute to the sustainability of our planet.
Posted: March 4th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Conventional, steel | No Comments »
Anyone who is considering the construction of a building usually has two concerns: cost and durability. While traditional lumber buildings are usually the norm, metal buildings are quickly gaining popularity for many reasons.
Metal buildings are available in many shapes and sizes to fit even the choosiest consumers. The first step should be to determine your budget. You will quickly find that you can have a larger, better equipped building if you choose a steel building as your primary building material. If you are expecting your new building to be warm in the winter, then ensure that insulation is included in the cost.
Ensure that when you are purchasing a metal building that the exterior panels and trim are coated with a protective paint, otherwise you will have to add the cost of the paint into your budget as well. Items such as doors and windows are typically not included either.
Before you go with the lowest cost steel building, check to see what the total costs are. Here at Absolute Steel, we will always figure out what your total costs are or at least estimate them for you. Many companies will give you a low price but when they add in freight and other costs you will find that you are paying more. Furthermore, most companies engineered plans do not include the foundation and concrete which you’ll need to include to obtain a building permit. Also check the thickness of the metal and try to get the thickest metal you can afford, as this will ensure that your new building can stand up to the elements.
No matter what type of building you choose the cost of laying the foundation is not included, unless you are purchasing through a construction company, in which case it should be included in the cost (along with labor). Absolute Steel metal buildings are easy to assemble yourself, so you can save on labor costs with a metal building after your foundation is laid.
Freight costs also need to be considered when you are choosing your building type, and again a metal building is a better choice. Most all our building quotes include shipping so at Absolute Steel this is not a concern. Pre-fabricated metal buildings come pre-cut and packaged, so you are only shipped what you need and there is very little waste. Since metal buildings weight much less than lumber the freight costs are typically much less.
Even if the cost of a lumber versus metal building were exactly the same, you would still save money by choosing metal. You will likely never have to spend a dime on maintenance on a metal building as it comes coated with a protective paint that means it won’t rust. There is also no chance of your metal building being susceptible to insects, rot or other common lumber problems.
The lifespan of a metal building is much longer than other materials since it stands up to all types of weather conditions. When a metal building is finally demolished, it is 100% recyclable so you don’t even have to pay for disposal. From start to finish a metal building is easier to assemble, less costly to ship and put together, requires less maintenance, and lasts longer than lumber. It is easy to see why metal makes a great choice for building material when you want a strong, durable building that is easy on the pocketbook.
Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Pieces, Prefab, Putting, steel, together | No Comments »
Building construction is greatly dependent on standards and regulations imposed by relevant authorities. Whether the parties concerned are looking at building structures the traditional way or opting for prefab steel buildings, each and everyone is expected to comply by the building codes and zoning rules in place. Otherwise, all are at risk of reducing their efforts to rubble and living in the dark ages as structures crumble at the slightest breeze or tremor.
In the pursuit to cut down design and construction time, many resort to this option as numerous templates are readily available for selection. If one is looking towards building a standard structure with no excessive change or out of the ordinary requirements, the ever ready sample plans are more than sufficient. Warranting a need to tweak the designs to suit one’s taste and needs, customizations are easily carried out without too much hassle. This certainly eases the stress of designing as often times it takes much longer to start from a blank slate. Once plans are drawn up and finalized, contractors can proceed to break ground for these prefab steel buildings.
Another distinct advantage is the preparation of materials ahead of construction time. As its name implies, building materials are prefabricated according to controlled factory standards. Moving off the production line, each passes the inspection process and makes its way to the construction site ready to be assembled as though a Lego puzzle. As compared to the traditional approach which relies on materials being mixed and massaged on site, actual time on the ground is significantly reduced translating into less manpower and equipment cost spent.
The buck does not stop upon completion as building owners have the option to carry out future improvements and upgrades as well as expansions. Similar to base units, additions adhere to the plug and play approach to cut down design and construction effort. Property value is generally not affected by the presence of prefab steel buildings as quality materials used for the construction may command competitive prices.
Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, steel | No Comments »
Steel buildings are used for residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural purposes. Advantages of steel buildings are low building cost, durability and less time consumption. Prices of steel buildings depend on the price of steel at any given time. Steel buildings for sale give customers an option to buy the best at a low price. Sometimes if the cost of building materials or steel is lowered, steel buildings are available for sale.
A small percentage of steel building deals fail to materialize. Some customers create financial loss to the seller when they do not collect the product within the time limit. Then the product remains undelivered. In such cases, companies offer steel buildings for sale at very low prices. There is a reduction of $2000 to $4000 from the current market price. Extra fittings and other accessories of steel buildings are also kept for sale at cheap rates. Immediate availability of necessary goods is another benefit in the sale of steel buildings.
Some firms conduct year end clearance sales of steel buildings for special prices. Steel buildings for sale during festival and seasonal occasions are a great boon to customers. Modern facilities, wide selection and cheap rates make these sales a profitable event for buyers. To familiarise new steel building materials to the market, some factories give discounts to those special products. Normally steel buildings for sale by certain firms last only for a fixed period. Even single day sales are conducted by companies on limited pre-constructed steel buildings. Used steel buildings for sale are also available at very low rates.
According to the terms and conditions of some companies, steel buildings for sale do not include accessories or end walls. They also take transportation charge from customers. Online sale of steel buildings with a quote comparison list helps customers to evaluate products with respect to price and quality. Bidding of steel buildings for sale also enables customers to select the best options at low rates. The sale of steel buildings is promoted by companies to survive the tight competition in the market.
Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, buildings, Choice, Garages, Other, steel, Types | No Comments »
There are several types of structures you can your vehicles, tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment and other household and lawn and Garden House. Garages are the most practical because they offer enough space to store and Park vehicles. If you something very affordable and just big enough to additional parking offer search, an aluminum carport is an ideal solution. Carports can also double as a covered terrace in fine weather. Prefabricated steel buildings make good garages and mounted directly on the construction site. Take less time than to construct a conventional pole building, but cost much more. So with choice of aluminium buildings, affordable steel buildings, pole buildings and prefabricated garages, what is the best?
The answer to this question is a steel building garage kit, which should not be confused with a prefabricated garage. With a garage you will receive necessary to do it yourself Kit all materials and instructions, or you can rent to a contractor do the work. A prefabricated building is built in a factory and then transported to the construction site where the components are put together.
Metal building kits come are very easy to create, and does not require many tools and knowledge that may not have the normal homeowner. All you have to do is, follow the instructions for layout and design, take a step at a time to keep it until the project is done, and you have a good looking, well built garage. And you just think how proud you are when your friends admire your new garage and tell you then you it even not!
The affordable price is another advantage of steel buildings, the kits come. Building materials are always more expensive constantly the cost of materials, but if you garage kit can buy a steel building. You will see another great savings at work if you it yourself do instead of paying a contractor build to your garage.
Garage kits have several options to choose on the basis of size, colour, doors and Windows. You can simply and utilitarian, or you can use your garage with shutters, decorative lighting and even window boxes for flowers to accessorize. The choice is up to you.
Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Quonset, steel | No Comments »
Buildings that use steel components like beams, columns, and steel sheets to build structures instead of using traditional building materials like wood, concrete, bricks are known as steel buildings. These buildings are tough, resilient, economical and have aesthetic appeal. They are generally used to build warehouses, workshops, modern houses, storage sheds, garages, offices etc. Perforated sheets are often used in steel buildings as it reduces the cost and weight of the structure. Perforated sheets are also easier to bend and work into shapes.
The precursor of the modern metal building was a Quonset hut. This hut was developed during World War II to overcome housing crisis for soldiers on the field. It consisted of a foldable steel kit which could be easily assembled and disassembled. The sheets could be assembled by just a few soldiers overnight. The hut was 15 m long and 6 m wide. It provided protection against snow, rain, and sunlight. It was easy to carry and solved many logistic problems for the allies. The Quonset huts caught the imagination of civilians and are still used today to house vehicles, animals, as a storage shed or workshop, home businesses etc.
There are many advantages of metal clad buildings. They are stronger than wood, masonry, concrete structures hence they can withstand disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, fires etc. Since they have prefabricated units they are simpler to join and the materials are recyclable.
Metal buildings come in various designs and patterns and are fully customizable. Steel buildings can withstand rigors of variable weather and superficially they cannot be distinguished from masonry houses or lumber houses. They are available in any color, with designer sidings, insulation, plumbing, roofs, etc. Steel buildings require very less assembly time and are much more economical than masonry and lumber houses. As they are durable even the property insurance is low on steel buildings.
Steel buildings can be ordered to a standard pattern or a customized pattern. However due care must be given for building codes. Building codes are rules that govern design of buildings and structures for safety purposes. They include safety exits, fire fighting equipment, strength, factor of safety, air circulation, washrooms, plumbing etc. They are usually taken care by the engineers or the architects. There are severe penalties for not adhering to building codes. Some people concerned about deforestation or allergic to chemical treated wood prefer steel buildings. Steel is a good conductor of heat hence steel buildings are generally not as energy efficient as other buildings. However they can be made energy efficient by proper insulation.
A lot of companies are selling these buildings on the internet. Most buildings are delivered and assembled on site by the installing company. It is prudent to read the contract documents carefully before purchasing. Contract documents detail the material, work involved, erection, maintenance support, time schedule, pricing information, delivery etc.
This type of buildings are known for their efficiency and functionality. There are improvements available like windows, skylights, wiring, insulation, interior partitions, cement foundations for permanent installation etc. Steel buildings are generally installed on farms, estates, orchards etc. and can be used as storage facilities, showrooms, garages, boathouses, workshops, barns, temporary housings and permanent housings.
Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, development, EcoFriendly, Possible, Proof, Responsible, steel | No Comments »
It is no secret that the future of the planet depends upon a large degree on the ability of man to take better care of the environment and to take steps to correct previous mistakes and to minimize further negative impact. However, without realistic solutions that are economically viable, very little progress will be possible. Eco-friendly steel buildings can contribute greatly towards a more responsible approach to the environment.
These buildings have proved to be made of the most sustainable of all structural materials. They can be built very fast, which saves construction cost, and they last for a very long time. The long lifespan implies a lesser environmental impact than would otherwise be required with continuous reconstruction when buildings reach the end of their lives. They are also very safe and can be adapted for alternative uses easily.
Another very important advantage is the fact that very little waste is produced when erecting one of these buildings. Even better, all waste can be recycled or even used in other areas of the project. There is no need for any waste to end up in a landfill. The advantages thus achieved have significant benefits for both the environment and the contractor.
Buildings made from this material are also more energy and water efficient. Studies have shown that structures with metal roofs can save up to forty percent in energy usage. These structures are also inherently ideal for the efficient use of solar power and the collection of rainwater. In this way, the carbon footprint of the project is severely limited.
A better quality indoor environment can have many advantages. These structures usually have better air quality due to the fact that they do not emit the potentially noxious fumes that are often found with the use of other building materials, especially those made from organic compounds. Airflow is also better and temperature can be controlled easily, leading to further savings in air conditioning and heating systems.
Other advantages include the ability to easily make changes in the layout of the building. Even expansions can be achieved with minimum interruption. These structures do not decay and deteriorate, and when the do reach the end of their lifespan, the entire structure can be recycled. As a matter of fact, it may have been made from recycled material.
Critics have raised a number of mostly minor concerns. One of these is the possibility of corrosion. Modern materials, however, are treated and the problem is hardly relevant any longer. Another issue that is raised regularly is the fact that metal structures require additional fireproofing. Yet others worry about condensation, although this concern is easily addressed during the design process.
Eco friendly steel buildings are true examples of how the needs of man can be satisfied without undue harm to the environment. The various parts of these structures are often manufactured elsewhere, reducing waste and toxins, and resulting in minimal interruption. They easily blend in and they are highly adaptable. They also require much less maintenance, resulting in huge savings.