Archive for February, 2010

Gray Cement Construction

Person applying Gray Cement

Gray Cement application by a constructor

Grey cement is the most common material used for concrete and mortar during construction. It is also used as a binder in various building materials. It is a very versatile material because it has been designed to meet various applications. Some of the products used to make grey cement include lime stone, flue ash, cinder, and pozzolana. These products are very essential because they determine how resistant, durable and amount of time it takes for the grey cement to harden.

Grey cement is used widely because it is long lasting and does not require regular repairs. With grey cement, it is very easy to maintain especially when used to make concrete floors and walls. This material is also decorative and can be stained or engraved to create various designs.

Another reason why grey cement construction is so common is because this material can be recycled. This prevents wastage and increase in costs.

Cold Weather Concreting


Three contractor working on Cold Weather Concreting

Cold Weather Concreting instruction by three workers

It is possible to place, finish and cure concrete when the weather is cold but you have to be very careful. The first thing you need to do to get concrete that will last long is to understand how the cold can affect the process.

During cold weather, concrete that has just been hardened will lose heat and moisture very quickly.  You have to prevent the concrete from freezing too fast before adequate strength has been achieved. This is very important because it will affect other construction projects that need to be carried out once the concrete has set and cured.

The concrete should not be placed on ground that has snow or ice. This can make the concrete crack or make it set slowly. To thaw the ground, use blankets or a hydronic heat pipe. Any snow or standing water that is on the ground should also be removed before the concrete is placed.

Steel Building Advantages

Construction of Steel Building

Steel Building construction

Most contractors and building owners are now realizing the benefits of using steel in constructions. There are several advantages you get when you use steel to construct a building. Unlike other construction materials, steel is very durable therefore you will not need to have repairs done regularly. Steel does not twist, warp or expand under any conditions.

Steel is a great material because it is highly resistant to fire. This means that your building is less likely to catch fire if it is made from steel.

Construction materials need to be strong and lightweight and this is exactly what steel offers. This makes it very easy to work with and can be used to reinforce buildings in areas prone to earthquakes and hurricanes.

Steel is recyclable and this makes it very essential for environmental conservation. Steel can be recycled from old cars unlike wood which has to be sourced from trees for every new construction job.

Construction Safety

Safety gears for Construction Safety

Construction Safety gears

Construction Safety can be in the form manuals which offer guidance to any contractor out there. These manuals provide detailed information to help contractors when performing their jobs. To get yourself a copy, be sure to locate a well known provider who has been in the industry of construction safety manuals for 2 or more years.

An example of such a safety manual company is the Omni Safety services. This company has been producing custom written manuals since 1990 and is continuing to gain popularity over time. Other than that, it has industrial construction, real world residential and commercial experience which has helped them in their manual production.

Before these manuals were in use, many workers were getting injured in more than one occasion. However, this is a thing of the past and workers out there can do their jobs without fear of any sort. Construction manuals should also conform to the standards laid down by the respective body.

Selecting a Flooring Material

Different types Flooring Materials

Flooring Materials different types

As a home owner, you have a number of options to select for your floor. The options can be accessed through the internet where you will view numerous products and decide the best for your flooring. The options include the likes of ceramic, hardwood floors and natural tiles.

Hardwood floors are simple and quick to install as opposed to the other options. Maintenance practices are generally low and have seen many people opting for this option countrywide. Ceramic tile on the other hand is very durable requiring thorough planning and design maneuvers. Cost depends on the type of tiles, color and other factors. The only drawback with ceramic tiles is that they tend to be slippery when wet and thus prone to accidents.

Natural stone flooring are good for any house. They however require special maintenance such as sealing, polishing through out. Such maintenance practices make this type of flooring a bit expensive.

Stone Roofs

Constructed stone roof

Stone Roof installed

Natural stones have been used for roofing for hundred years now and they have proved that they are relatively durable as compared to any other roofing solution. Historically, stone roofing has been common in England and Scotland and has spread to other countries. Natural stones are used for roofing mainly because of the harsh weather conditions and maybe due to the fact that stone are readily available. Speak with your local roofing contractor to see if this is available to you.

The internet has strengthened this industry in that it is now possible to order for roofing stones from one country and can be supplied  to you within a short period of time. Stones slates are laid in diminishing courses which means that smaller stones are laid on top of the larger stone slates. A natural stone roof is good to look at and lasts longer because stone take years to wear. You will order for natural stone slate in any size you want depending on the type of construction you are undertaking.

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