hot weather concrete finishing

10 Tips to Successful Hot Weather Concreting

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. Hot weather concreting can ultimately lead to accelerated curing and substandard strength. If you do not counteract the effects of excessive ambient heat before, during and after the pour, your concrete could […]

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Steel Tariffs Contribute to Higher Construction Costs along the Front Range

How Steel Tariffs Contribute to High Construction Costs on the Front Range

Many of our customers are asking us, “Why is steel costing so much?” It’s a fair question with no simple answer. Markets, producers, users and politicians all contribute to the presently rising costs of construction steel. Let’s talk about the major contributing factors of increased steel prices taking place on Colorado’s Front Range. […]

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Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

You can erect nearly anything with steel: homes, shops, hangars, factories, warehouses, high rises, entertainment/sports arenas and shopping malls. The inherent compressive and tensile properties of steel lend more versatility to architectural design than any other conventional framing system. Whether you want height, light, creative angles or vast, unsupported spans, steel framing fits just about […]

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4 Budget Friendly Exterior Decorative Concrete Overlays

When you take pride of ownership of your property, exterior appeal matters. The great thing about exterior decorative concrete overlays is that they cost so little and give so much. Whether it’s a commercial building, residential multi-family complex or your home, you can elevate curb appeal by adding a decorative concrete overlay. Since nearly every property includes concrete elements […]

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7 Construction Project Types that Utilize Structural Steel

Of all building materials, none have the range and versatility of steel. Like stone and concrete, it has tremendous compressive strength and can be formed into nearly any shape. Like wood, it has tensile strength to support pressure and movement without breaking. In many applications, it’s better than stone, concrete and wood as a building […]

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Will Building Boom Continue in 2018? Front Range Construction Predictions

“Build it and they will come” seems a philosophy best left to corn farmers and the ghosts of ball players. In construction, the reality is closer to “they come, therefore we build.” Will Colorado’s Front Range construction boom continue through 2018? Here’s our construction predictions. […]

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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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rebar construction

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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