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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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What a Construction Supervisor Should Know About Rebar in Concrete Construction

Now that the burst housing bubble and long recession seem to be in the rear view mirror, a new building boom along Colorado’s Front Range has set the construction job market ablaze. If you’re moving up the ladder in the construction industry, what vital aspects of rebar in concrete construction do you need to know? […]

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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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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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Steel Beams Vs. Wood Beams for Your Residential Building Project

If you’re building a new home, or deeply renovating the one you have, you may wonder whether to use steel beams vs. wood beams. The answer depends on your budget, design goals, construction schedule and sustainability preferences. Each material enjoys certain benefits and a few disadvantages. So, let’s take the four categories and go over the pros and […]

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What Is Rebar Fabrication and What Is It Used For in Colorado?

What do you get when you combine the compressive strength of concrete with the tensile properties of steel? Answer: A marriage made in heaven. These two impressive building materials are the superheroes of construction, each with their unique powers. However, used alone, the brittle nature of concrete can mean an early structural demise under constant […]

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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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