Posted: April 21st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, Material | No Comments »
In early times people didn’t know about the science and technology of building construction. So their houses were made up of wood, clay stones or thatch. In short their homes were made up of natural resources. But after the innovation of baked bricks, we have learned to construct durable and beautiful houses. With the development in the real estate sector the building industry has witnessed a tremendous boom in the last few decades. Over the period of time we have invented various other products, such as cement, charcoal and many other tiles and stones, all of these materials together make wonderful buildings.
If you are in the business of building materials production or if you need any sort of information, there are thousands of websites available on internet that provides information on building materials. And if you are looking for any other website which either deals in the sell and purchase of building materials or connects you to the seller or buyer such as building contractors or builders then you must log on to online classified websites.
Sand, wood, thatch, clay, and stones are the raw materials and metal, glass and cement, tiles, and paint are the man-made products, which we create in building industries. Any raw material or man-made product, which is used for construction purposes are the building materials. The quality or durability of any building reflects with the material which is being used to construct it. There are two types of building materials one is natural resources or raw materials and second is man-made products.
Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: About, Building, Construction, Different, learn, Materials, products | No Comments »
A home or a business establishment will not be complete without the presence of construction and building materials. From the planning and the foundation to the construction of a structure itself, these materials are always necessary.
The most common construction and building materials include plywood and cement. Plywood is a layered board that is produced by gluing and compressing thin layers of wood together. Each layer’s grain is attached at right angles to the next layer. Cement, on the other hand is made out of fine gray powder usually mixed with sand and water to make concrete. Aside from these two, there are other products under this industrial product category.
Bricks and tiles
Bricks are rectangular blocks of clay and other similar materials baked until it is hard. This is often used in walls of houses and other large permanent structures. Whereas, tiles are essential coverings not only for floors but for roofs and walls as well. It is a thin piece of flat or curved material baked and glazed to perfection. It makes use of clay or other synthetic materials to come up with the desired output.
There are different bricks and tiles that every homebuilder may enjoy. The common materials include porcelain, igneous rock and stone. These are applied in kitchen, bathroom and living room floors, walls and ceilings.
Paint and surface coatings
These are often referred to as finishing touches of a structure. It can be applied from the roof to the floors and from the walls, to windows and doors. Paint is that colored liquid applied to a surface either for protective or decorative purposes. Just like facial makeup, it makes every edifice or building more attractive to owners and passers-by.
Paints and surface coatings are further classified into semi-gloss latex coating and high-temperature coating. They may be applied with the use of a paint brush or a spray. Anti-mildew coatings are also favored in home improvements and business constructions.
Other construction and building materials
Products are offered depending on the specific purposes they render. There are building materials, construction machinery and equipment and decorations of construction. Other construction and building materials include ceiling and floor items, hardware accessories, heat-barrier materials, wall coverings, toilet partition and accessories and bathroom sanitary equipment materials.
For more complicated work, construction machinery and equipment like boring machines, stone crushing machinery and concrete equipment are used. For decoration, people may also look for doors and window panels, lightings and kitchen systems as well as furniture slides, automatic doors and blinds.
Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, Estimation, Materials | No Comments »
Many new home owners preparing for the construction of a new home believe that when they buy a set of plans a materials list is included. The facts are that this is actually rare. Most architects, designers, and drafters do not supply these with their plans.
Which opens another profession called “Construction Estimation”. A construction estimator is a professional, not unlike an accountant, who is familiar with architectural drawings. With that knowledge they are able to calculate the different areas of the proposed homes or commercial structures from the completed building plans and then supply an accurate list of materials that will be used to construct a building.
The methods they use are like the following example:
Lets say we have a building where the back wall is fifty six feet. When we multiply this dimension by twelve inches which is how many inches we have in a foot, we find that we have six hundred and seventy two inches. Our two by four studs are sixteen inches apart, so we divide six hundred and seventy two inches by sixteen inches and we wind up with forty two studs.
The above example and similar formulas would be then used throughout the entire structure to find out how many floor joists, rafters or trusses, masonry block, sheetrock or wall paneling, roof and floor decking, etc., are needed.
Then each electrical and plumbing fixtures would be counted along with the wiring and their connectors and pipes for the plumbing and their connections. Wiring would be measured using the plan to calculate how far each receptacle, switch, and light are from each other giving just a bit extra to make sure there is enough for the job. The same method would be used for the pipe used in the plumbing construction.
Windows and doors would also be counted one by one along with any other special trims and fixtures.
Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, Green, Harnessing, Material, Power, Straw, Ultra | No Comments »
The Benefits of straw bale construction become quite staggering when compared to most traditional construction methods. Straw bale has captured the interest and passions of thousands who realized the multitude of benefits and decided to take action.
Some of the benefits include, ease of construction, extremely energy efficient, fantastic durability, non-toxic, a rapidly renewable resource, affordability, as well as Beauty and Comfort. To touch on the latter, have you ever experienced a straw bale constructed home first hand? If not, as a lover of sustainability and our built environment I highly encourage you to take the chance when you can.
As an architect straw bale delivers everything I could possibly want out of a building material while taking into consideration our scarce resources. Lets touch on a few of the benefits mentioned above.
Ease of construction – Requiring very little skilled labor straw bale becomes a very construction friendly material. Some materials like Rammed Earth are great as well, however the labor alone with skyrocket your labor cost when dealing with rammed earth – and lets face it, you want maximum bang for your buck when designing or remodeling your dream home.
Energy Efficient – We all want a building envelope which is extremely energy efficient and delivers quality. Straw bale construction often measures 4-5 times higher in R-value (resistance to the transfer of heat) than conventional construction, resulting in a better insulated home as well as a smaller heating or cooling load – again, saving you money!
Durability – Ever picked up a bale of hay? Probably not, as these are quite heavy and will stay put when put in place. With typical construction methods on straw bale the exterior is covered with an adobe like plaster which is very resistant to outside weather as it limits the amount of cracks and opening for air infiltration.
Non – Toxic – If you are at all sensitive to chemical and synthetic materials you will love these types of homes. If you go the route of some other products such as S.I.P. panels (Structural Insulated Panels) you run into the issue of the foams, glues and various bonding materials that go into the overall component, resulting in a higher V.O.C rating, irritating your sensitive self even more. With Straw Bale rest assured that you and your family are living in a clean, healthy and well insulated home.
Affordability – I know this is a big kicker for most people looking at building or remodeling their home. In most cases building with straw is right on cue with conventional construction while simultaneously providing all the benefits mentioned above. Now that is something to get excited about!
Beauty and Elegance – Again, if you have not been inside or visited a home built with this invaluable material I urge you to do so. As in art, buildings, music and other various arts, there is something you can’t quite pin-point about straw bale construction that can quite literally take your breath away. Check out this interior photo and see for yourself just what a final product can be.
In conclusion, straw bale is a far superior building material providing you with an affordable, energy efficient, durable, non-toxic and beautiful home.
Posted: April 13th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Cheap, Construction, Craigslist, Materials, Supplies | No Comments »
Do you want to do a home remodeling or building project? If so, you may want to save money and bypass the professional handyman. You can save money and have control by opting for a do-it-yourself project. To find cheap building supplies and materials for these projects, visit Craigslist.org.
To get started, visit the Craigslist website. Then, select your state and nearest city. Look on the left-hand side of the page for the search box. The search settings are automatically set to for sale products. All you need to do is enter in a search phrase.
Searching Craigslist for cheap construction supplies and materials sounds easy, but there are many materials listed on the website. To save time searching, use relevant keyword phrases. Do you need lumber for a new fence? Do you need carpet for your living room? Search with the type of building material you need. Good search phrases include materials, construction, carpet, door, cabinets, lumber, wood, drywall, teak, and so forth.
After performing a search on Craigslist.org, you will see a list of headlines. These are for sale items that met your search criteria. For example, if you searched for cabinets, you see them listed for sale. Click on the headline for more information. Before agreeing to buy building materials or construction supplies you find listed, know what you are buying and in what condition. For example, some building supplies are sold as new and others are used. Used is okay, but you should receive a good discount. Use the provided contact number or email address to get more information or to make an offer.
In addition to finding construction materials and supplies for sale on Craigslist, you may find a few items for free too. It is not uncommon to get free scrap building materials. These are used. Unfortunately, there are occasionally some strings attached. You will likely need to pickup the materials yourself and you may need to disassemble.
If this is your first time buying building supplies and materials on Craigslist, you may not know that you are limited in your searches. As previously stated, you select your state and city. When you search, you search your city and the immediate surrounding area only. If you are willing to travel for good deals, as well as free building materials, you must expand your search. Instead of searching each city page one at a time, download a free Craigslist search tool, like the Craigslist Reader available at MotionT.com.
Posted: April 8th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Basic, Building, Closer, Construction, Discount, Materials | No Comments »
Building materials are often used to create doors, windows, stairs, railings, panels and lightings both for commercial and residential endeavors. Basically, people look at these industrial products as those that are utilized for various purposes of construction. Before one ever looks for discounted building materials, it is best to get a closer look at the basics used in order to come up with such items.
There are actually two forms used in order to come up with building supply products. First are natural sources and the second one are synthetic sources. Aside from the necessities of providing a foundation for a building, the materials are often favored in other facets of processes such as plumbing and a set of specialty trades. Generally, though, building materials are used in roofing, insulation work and carpentry.
Long before cements, tiles and bricks were used in any construction project, the likes of mud or clay, stone and brush had been popular to our ancestors. Mud was important to fill the gaps in between bricks and are considered relevant to insulation and concrete formation. When looking for such discounted building materials, the quality of the soil used to form mud or clay is being considered. The material is often combined with sand or gravel as well as straw and grasses.
Stone or rock is a traditional building material still existing in the construction industry. Depending on the attributes of such materials, one will be able to decide on the discount building materials to purchase. Most often than not, it is favored because it is dense thus ensuring protection of the people who are making use of the structures built from such materials. However, the drawback extends to its weight and the somewhat awkward look it renders. It is often hard to warm stone without the aid of large heating sources.
Modern day building materials
More than the very popular tiles, bricks and cements, there are other building supplies that are present as of these days. Larger buildings are now being constructed through the aid of metals. Metals are often seen in roofing systems as well as in the construction of door and window panels.
Furthermore, plastics, asbestos and even fabrics are now important parts of constructing a building. Glass and ceramics are equally relevant in modern day construction. If discount building materials are sought after, it is best to check on how these items are made. Giving high regard to the quality and weight of the output will also be of great help in the purchasing decision.
Posted: April 8th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Components, Construction, Evolution, steel | No Comments »
A rising demand
The use of steel building components in construction is increasingly becoming the trend. In today’s day and age of fast and quality work, steel proves to be the best answer and is overshadowing the earlier used building materials such as wood, lumber and concrete. But what accounts for this increasing popularity of steel building components? Can an affordable price and strength be the only factors resulting in this preference? We’ll try and answer that for you…
Investigating the reason for the rising trend
A minute scrutiny of places where steel building components are in maximum demand reveals some interesting aspects. For example, Texas has born the brunt of several natural calamities and wants a building material that is not just sturdy but durable too. Hence, steel buildings are very common in Texas. Also, the use of steel building components helps save time, money and labor.
The use of building material such as wood leaves behind a lot of residual waste. Carpentering, further treatment, installation results in a lot of waste that cannot be re-used in most cases. Use of steel components suffers from no such disadvantages. Coming at an affordable price, steel building components need no further treatment and can also be reused, hence saving time, money and labor.
The next question is that all the aforementioned qualities are available in metal building components also which were, in fact, used before steel was used. Then why is steel chosen over metal? The answer lies in the fact that iron components get corroded when subjected to air and water over a period of time while steel does not.
Yet another advantage which steel enjoys over other materials is that steel buildings can be pre-fabricated. That is, steel building components can be prepared in the factory itself, thereby reducing labor cost and installation cost to zero. Prefabricated buildings provide the luxury of deciding upon the design and style of the buildings beforehand. Steel, being strong and durable, can be used in buildings requiring very high ceilings and can be prefabricated accordingly.
Steel: The superior building material
Steel building components have several benefits over other building materials. This makes steel the preferred material when it comes to constructing high-quality, durable, modern buildings.
* Steel buildings require low maintenance once constructed.
* All the steel material used is recyclable, making steel building components environment-friendly.
* Steel building components are 100% non-combustible.
Another feature is that steel is insect-resistant, which makes it more durable.
Posted: April 7th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, General, Materials, Overview | No Comments »
Since the days of constructions in the ancient times, humans have been experimenting with a variety of building materials. Leaves, straws and mud were among the commonly used materials for constructing houses many centuries ago. Soon, people discovered the use of stone and wood in constructing better living places.
With the rise and popularity of different architectural styles, many new and capable materials started adding to the list. Discovery of metals and alloys further improved the process of constructing strong building designs. Today, numerous modern building products are used by the architectures. Both domestic and commercial constructions are supported by these materials. If you are planning to have a building material supply business, learn about the materials you should offer to make desired profits.
Constructing Roofs and Walls
Bricks, concrete and cement are among the most important building materials that are used for constructing roofs and walls. In addition, these constructions are strengthened by adding materials like iron and steel. These two materials ensure long life of the construction and make building capable of resisting damage caused due to different factors. Pillars are other parts of building constructions that make use of these materials to come out as strong structures. It is also worth mentioning that paints and emulsions should be counted among the materials that take part in completing these constructions.
Earlier, bricks and cement were used for the construction of floors as well. However, the wonderful breed of natural stones and tiles came into being and it laid the foundation for beautiful and astonishing flooring. Marble, granite, limestone and a variety of other materials are in use nowadays for laying enchanting floorings. Going further, these natural materials are also in use for constructing staircases and countertops for kitchens and other areas of different types of buildings. Outdoor areas, including patios, driveways and swimming pools too make use of these aesthetically appealing building materials.
Constructing Doors and Windows
A building is incomplete until and unless it has provisions for doors and windows. Needless to say, different varieties of wood have been the most popular materials for building these parts. Mahogany, oak, maple and many other wood varieties make arrangements for these constructions. In addition, glass is a widely used material for building doors and windows. The material is also available in different varieties to meet different tastes and preferences. Iron and steel are used for building products like grilles and scrolls that are attached to windows.
For Bathroom Fittings
In addition to the building materials discussed above, another category is that of materials used for plumbing and bathroom fittings. Stainless steel, chromium, nickel, brass and many such materials are available for different styles of bathroom fittings. Porcelain and ceramic are other two materials that have gained recognition in this direction. As far as plumbing requirements are concerned different varieties of plastics are useful for the same. PVC, for example, is one of the popular choices among the building specialists.
With the presence of building material supplier on the internet, it is easy for the stores to obtain quality materials from different parts of the world. Online business directories can help you to maintain the stock of quality building materials.
Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, Fountains, Indoor, Material, Unconventional, Water | No Comments »
When composing buildings within diverse climates we want to take into deliberation the importance of climate and atmosphere. An added worthy aspect of successful design is knowledge of a locales religion and life beliefs. This knowledge and attitude towards life influences building design and makes a building comfortable for the residents and the lifestyle of those who dwell there.
In acute climates exposure to water is embraced as either a fact of daily existence or as a scant and valued resource. Also, depending on the climate we can use indoor water fountains to substitute for solid building supplies in ways which are both exceptionally magnificent and beautiful.
Let us review a few of the complex and interesting ways of using indoor water fountains in construction.
Floating walls of water can substitute windows and inside walls. A water partition serves as a superb room dividing wall which enables daylight to pour freely through a room and creates movement that excites the zone and in cooperation moves the air.
Water can be used to develop the sacredness of a place and support the faith of inhabitants. Various religions view water as a virtuous substance under the correct circumstances. Part of this conviction most likely stems from the fact that life cannot survive on earth without water and the fact that a good deal of the human body is composed of water. We can support this belief by ensuring water is passed before people go into an abode by building garden ponds at the front of a home, constructing bridges as part of entryway paths or placing urns filled with water in the vicinity of outer doorways.
As water becomes more customary as a design feature, notably in the western hemisphere we can now use decor that has water as an integral component of construction. Lamps are obtainable that have bubbling water and incorporated lighting. There are also dining and sitting tables that have streams of water flowing through them. Small fountains are exceedingly common that can be located on your wall and be situated on tables all over a home. We can even use mattresses that hold water which will softly rock us to sleep.
In various cultures life and spare time takes place chiefly outdoors. Almost every civilization has some variety of garden or leisure area that enables people to take pleasure in nature and see the sky, foliage and sunshine. This makes ornamental outdoor areas of extraordinary importance. Garden water features are basic to many of these areas and add to the tranquil atmosphere and feeling of pleasure we discover there. A good garden fountain, if selected with care, becomes part of the building material and acts as an extension of nearby homes and indoor living areas.
Posted: April 1st, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Construction, Costs, decisions, Material, questions, Roofing | No Comments »
Not long ago, I was discussing with an acquaintance the issues with increasing building material costs as we head into 2011. Everything points to rapid cost increases, and wholesale inflation in the construction sector. Labor, fuel for delivery, commodities, environmental regulation, and all the supply and demand economic issues which go with economic expansion, which is where we are headed in 2011.
Now then, should an HOA consider the timing if they are going to for example make a decision whether or not to spend on refurbishing such a painting, or roofing? Okay so let’s talk about this shall we, let’s talk about costs and future increases.
For instance, we know that transportation Costs to deliver building (roofing) materials – as oil is going to $100/ barrel mid-year 2011, I’d say a trading range of $95-$109 in 2011- which equates to higher pump prices, and building materials are heavy, and must be transported. This could add an additional 10% and another ten percent in production of that material. Not even touching on the raw materials and commodity markets of so much of the building material supplies. I also recently talked to a semi-retired floor tile wholesaler, he said prices were already rising and expected them to continue to rise, even their Chinese building products.
In essence what I am saying is that ALL indicators that I can see point to higher building material and construction related costs, and those price increases will far outpace sticking the HOA’s money in a money-market or interest bearing account. I just do not see any rational argument against you ascertain that now is the time to invest.
Also consider the 2010-2011 roofing tax credits, which will be expiring, that ought to pique the interest of a Home Owners Association right about now? Why not take advantage of those savings too? And Reed Construction Data forecasts show semi-favorable supply issues, but increasing wholesale costs for materials throughout 2011. Allied Building Materials has put out a letter to all their customers of interior construction materials price increase effective January 1, yes, that’s interior not exterior, but it tells the same story. RPM announced its second quarter results, with this little tid-bit from a shareholder’s report from:
“Our industrial segment should continue its strong performance in the back half of this fiscal year, with signs of improvement in the depressed commercial construction market this spring, while consumer sales are expected to be relatively flat as they face very strong prior-year comparisons, combined with consumer uncertainty. We anticipate that raw material challenges will persist through the remainder of this fiscal year,” Sullivan stated.”
Which suggests that they may not be able to pass on those increased raw material costs, and this company does make: “RPM’s industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals.” Now then, regarding my comments in a previous article about Construction Labor Costs in 2011, and the construction environmental components with the labor unions, I am pretty sure I am correct on that, I’ve been talking to a lot of folks here in Palm Desert CA in the construction sector. It’s going to drive up costs.
Also for those HOAs dealing with construction materials made of concrete, such as “concrete roof tiles” well, the making of concrete produces “CO2″ which is now considered a pollutant by the good ole’ EPA, so the costs to create anything made of concrete will be more in the future. CO2 creation in the production of building materials already raising costs in EU, and it is going to happen here in the USA too. When talking about increases in concrete products, it’s already happening in fact; 6-10% increase as of January 1, 2011, at least according to Grace Construction materials which states:
“Grace Construction Products, an operating segment of W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA 25.06, -0.20, -0.78%), today announced plans to increase prices on its concrete admixture and decorative concrete product lines on a global basis. The increases average from six to ten percent, depending on product, and will be effective on January 1, 2011, or as contracts allow”
Indeed, there may not be an abundance of empirical data telling the complete story of increased construction material costs, but rest assured prices are going to rise, and the current trend shows they already are. Everything I’ve seen, and all the data available seems to point all in the same direction, I don’t see anything jumping out at me that would lead me to believe anything other than my first article on this topic suggests. In fact, it might be a more serious issue than I thought, now that I look at it more closely.
Indeed, this is now the official recommendation for HOAs wondering if now is the time to do upgrades and repairs, and this is the official forecast of Online Think Tank for 2011.