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Raft Footing and Mat Foundation: 2 Ways to Say the Same Thing

The terms “raft footing” and “mat foundation” describe the same type of building foundation. Both envision a horizontal plane, or slab, of reinforced concrete upon which you construct a building. […]

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5 Types of Rebar that Increase Tensile Strength of Concrete Construction

What concrete offers in compressive strength, it lacks in ductility. Unsupported, it can bear fairly heavy loads without cracking, but if poured using rebar construction, concrete can take considerably more load, even when suspended. Steel bars offer the best reinforcement properties for structural concrete than any other type of material. This is because steel possesses significant […]

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7 Ways Post Tensioned Concrete Saves Money on High Rise Builds

According to the ENR Mountain States 2017 Regional Forecast, 2016 brought a busy year to the Colorado construction industry. By the end of November, $16.6 billion new construction starts had been recorded. 2017 seems to be on track to meet or beat those numbers. While companies enjoy the boom, labor, material and cost efficiency demands keep the […]

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Foundation Footing Systems: Grade Beam vs. Spread Footing

When thinking of the system that supports houses or commercial buildings, most people think it begins with the foundation. But even a foundation system needs a foundation, so the very first element when preparing the vertical support scheme is the foundation footer. While not all footings require reinforced concrete, we’ll concentrate on two types that […]

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How Stainless Steel Rebar is Used in Reinforced Concrete Construction

At first blush, it may seem that stainless steel rebar would be far too expensive for use in any large concrete structure. Why go to such expense when ordinary rebar has worked so well for so long? In certain applications, though, the end result over the life cycle of the edifice can mean greater economy when stainless steel […]

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4 Reasons to Install an Egress Window System for your Colorado Home

With a basement, a home can enjoy nearly double the living space on the same footprint. In Colorado, where the water tables are fairly low, basements are mostly a foregone conclusion. Builders now install egress window systems in new construction, but the codes for such are relatively new. This means plenty of existing houses were […]

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6 Post Tensioning Advantages for Your Colorado Construction Project

When looking to obtain the biggest bang for your concrete buck, you can’t go wrong with post tension technology. From a simple slab on ground project to the construction of a complex system of freeway interchanges, post tensioning your concrete elements can provide superior strength with less material. […]

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Build With Polished Concrete Floors? Yes, Please!

Seen in a variety of building environments, polished concrete floors leave a lasting impression. Better in most applications than hardy epoxy-coated systems and far more impervious than waxed surfaces, polished concrete opens up a whole new array of residential and commercial opportunities for builders and remodelers. From the basic factory floor to hotels, retail complexes, museums, lobbies and […]

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Structural Steel vs. Light Gauge Framing

Steel has long been a favored material for large construction projects since the inception of industrial-level manufacturing. Without it, skyscrapers couldn’t exist. Understand Building Construction explains the reason why. Steel, unlike masonry, wood and other construction support materials, has a terrific strength-to-weight ratio and flexes with force. The ductile feature of steel renders this super strong […]

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5 Advantages of Using Steel Frame Building Materials for Your Next Construction Project

Steel frame building materials are growing in popularity, and in some places around the world, steel is actually displacing timber as the primary framing material for both residential and non-residential buildings. In the United Kingdom, for instance, 90% of one-story industrial buildings and 70% of multiple story industrial and commercial buildings make use of steel […]

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