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Comparing Steel Sheds to Other Sheds

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

There are several types of sheds but keeping them aside, steel shed has larger advantages as compared to others. Here are some of the types of sheds along with steel sheds.

  • Pole sheds

Wooden sheds are such which are buried in the ground and they became the main columns. They are attached to rafters and girts which are attached to each pole. There are timber poles also but they are generally not at the consistent diameter which makes the task little bit difficult to get the walls straight. The girts must be jagged into the poles but the finish which this gets would be rough when compared to steel sheds.

Pole shed generally look cheap because the material used in it is very basic and the shed is also very simple. Spans in case of pole sheds are very limited and but they usually have the internal support poles. There are certain kit systems which doesn’t include gutter and flashings.

  • Steel sheds

Steel shed make use of steel columns which is anchored to a concrete foundation which makes really easy to align columns. Most of the components are already cut to the length with structural bolt holes which are already punched with accuracy. Cladding, girts and purlins are attached by self drilling tek screws.

  • Timber framed sheds

This type of shed makes use of nog walls and stud which is same as to which you see in many kinds of home. Generally it is seen in the single or double garages. Here web trusses are used which take large of your roof space. it gets dirty easily and also looks dirty and untidy.

Steel is environment friendly

  • Steel is such a product which is completely recyclable and steel is a product which is most recycled in the world.
  • Very few materials are such which can be recycled again and again without losing any of its properties and steel is one of them.
  • 40 percent of the global steel output comes from the recycled scarp.
  • There are many steel products which can be prefabricated with precision thus reducing its waste to its minimum.
  • Approximately 90% or more of the commercial steel construction waste is recycled.
  • Almost 82% of the waste which is generated from the steel making process is recycled and put back into the process.

Steel

Steel is a material which is lustrous, ductile, durable, strong and malleable. Steel is flexible to alloy and coated so that it can provide variety of products which is best suited to today’s environment of building. The benefits of using steel in the building include:

  • Steel is recyclable along with the quality of reusing it.
  • Steel is light weighted product so it can be transported easily.
  • Steel is a non combustible material.
  • Steel is a low maintenance material and has a long life span.
  • Steel is very strong so which adding to the structure you need to apply other extensions for support.

 

 

 

 

How to install a suspended ceiling

Friday, February 28th, 2014

suspended ceilingPlanning to install suspended ceiling at home? Suspended ceiling is a nice addition to your home given its soundproofing properties & how it also helps to skirt the untidy wires & ductwork. The suspended ceiling is structured with metal channels called cells that are further filled panels or ceiling tiles. Here goes a brief on DIY suspended ceiling installation.

First, decide on the needed quantity of panels for the job. Get an accurate measurement of the ceiling & note precise locations of windows and doors. The measurement would be needed to buy right quantity of panels- you would require main runners, wall angles, cross tees & hanger wire as well.

Now, you have to decide on the level of suspension- chalk mark the level followed by nailing of wall angles along chalk line. Fasten the wall-angle brackets with strong nails & cut these brackets as per required lengths.

Next, you have to install the screws at the regular intervals. Your panels must be kept parallel to ceiling joists ensuring that main runner are at the right angle position to joists. Now, thread the hanger wire through screws in joists to suspend main runners.

Then, cut your hanger wire in parts (1 for each of the screw eyes) & fasten them safely. The next step is to extend the hanger wire right to runner ring followed by an accurate fastening. Set main runners in proper place. Now, thread loose wires via runner leg & fasten in right place. Make sure that everything is at proper level & so is the hanger length.

Now, it’s time to install cross tees. Push them in place at proper intervals along main runners.

Finally, you are all set to install the panels. Push panels via grid opening, one by one. Now, lower the panels gently ensuring that these are able to sit comfortable on brackets of grid.

Tips To Install External Wall Cladding

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

External Wall CladdingExternal wall cladding is the technology that protects the interior walls of your home from external things like weather and heat. Cladding can be found in many different types: PVC, wood siding, metal siding, cement, vinyl siding, cement fiber boards and even bricks come under the category of external wall cladding. However, installation of external wall cladding needs to be research before attempting to do it yourself. If you read these suggestions and decide it is too big a task to take on yourself, the expert team at Construction contracting companies can help you with your siding and cladding project. Here are some factors which you must focus on:
• Measurement: You need to follow a lot of measurement guidelines before you go settle on the right amount of external wall cladding materials. To do this you should include the measurement of the width and length of the walls. You will also need to know the measurements around the doors and the windows in case you want to install any channels or trims around them.

• Sheathing: Before starting the task of external wall cladding make sure you have installed all the plywood sheathing properly.

• House Wrapping and Foam Insulation: DIY people often overlook these two steps because they want to complete the task as soon as possible. However, these two are very important steps and need to be followed properly in order to ensure overall weather protection and energy efficiency. You need to wrap up the home with paper and then install foam insulation panels on it.

• Starter Row: External wall cladding starts with starter row which is installed right at the bottom of the wall. Make sure the starter row is leveled along the entire wall length for this will ensure the straightness of the rows that follow.

• Overlapping Successive Rows: In case of wood siding, metal siding, cement, and vinyl siding you need to make sure that the top of the bottom row is overlapped by each successive row. This prevents water seeping into the walls.
These are the points or steps that you should follow in order to experience a perfect external wall cladding.

Prefabricated home packages

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Prefabricated home packages, PrefabIf you have been hearing the word prefab for quite some time but have no idea what is it then here is some useful information for you. Prefab or prefabricated home packages are the latest trend in the market of houses and buildings. These homes are either partially or entirely assembled in the setting of a factory. These homes are not just beautiful but also save a lot of energy too.

The main prefabricated home packages include manufactured. Steel frame, modular, dome, panelized, log, cedar, circular, precut and timber frame. Manufactured is for single and small family residence with only a few sectional units. Modular are built using a stock modular plan with less zone restrictions. Dome consists of various designs and large space inside the home. The home will be stronger and can withstand natural disasters like hurricane, earthquakes, tornados etc. Circular prefab homes are perfect for offices, studios, convention centers, cabins and homes where you can get a good view of the outside world.

Calculating your loft conversion cost

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

loft conversion costYou have to examine a couple of factors when you consider converting a loft to an accommodation for living. The first factor would be the loft’s height from the ridge to the floor. This height should be a minimum of seven feet. If the height is not 7 feet, you are most likely to be denied permission. The second factor is the important question of accessibility. The place below the floor should have enough space for a staircase to be installed. The space should also be able to provide room for moving furniture through it.

In most cases, the permission for planning is not needed but it would be wise to meet the local office of planning for confirmation. The approval of the building regulations is important and for that, you will have to appoint a loft converter package firm or an architect. If you convert the loft, the value of the house could increase by a good 20% and the job does not take a very long time to get done.