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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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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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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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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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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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