Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Installing Metal Siding

You’ve decided to install metal siding on your steel building, and now have realised how difficult it can be. Well, it’s true. Metal siding is a more difficult product to install if not installed by a professional.  Most builders will recommend vinyl or aluminum siding for building owners who would like to do it themselves.  These materials are light weight making them easier to install.  Below are some tips on how to install metal siding properly.

Before installing metal siding, be sure to measure the height and width of the walls first. This should include gable ends, dormer sides and gambrel walls and subtracting the square footage of the garage doors and glass or sliding doors.  Add the total net square feet by 100.  Next, you need to prepare the surface of the building before any other construction takes place. Make sure to hammer any loose nails or replace any rotted wood. This also includes removing any old paint, old putty and/or caulking.  And remove all gutter downspouts and tie back plants.  Next, you must attach aluminum foil underlayment as an insulator for siding and staple it to the walls. When selecting underlay, go with a perforated or breather type which allow for passage of water vapors.   All openings must have underlayment especially by the edges and in all corners. The underlayment must overlap by 2 inches at all sides.  

For a better reference line for your starter strip, snap a chalk line from one end of the building to the other. Be sure that the lines are straight when hanging up your steel siding.  Don’t forget to also measure the eaves, under windows and down to the bottom of the building to allow for perfectly hung parallel siding to the soffits. After you have completed this section, drive a nail into the centre of the predrilled hole in order to allow for a snug nail.  Then the siding will hang off the nails, not hammered in.  Keep in mind that over time, steel siding does change shape and colour especially with weather conditions and be sure to not nail the siding too tight.  When selecting nails for the steel siding to be hung, a good choice would be 2-inch galvanized steel nails.  Be sure to hammer the nail in straight and not on an angle to prevent the siding from tilting. Be sure to space the nails about 16 inches to where the studs are centered.  

When installing the starter strip, be sure to follow the chalk line you created earlier all the way around the building.  Make sure to use a level to make sure the starter strip is straight.  This will determine the placement for each layer of siding in the building and must be installed properly.  For more info on installing steel panels, go to:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Steel as a Building Material

As a construction material, we can’t doubt the wonderful material steel alloy brings to our steel buildings especially knowing that the Eiffel Tower was built on steel alloy and is still standing tall today. That’s strength!  Due to its high R-factor and tenacity, steel has become the most sustainable product.

In our future, we must make sure that our environment is the first priority when developing sustainable development and making that first priority.  In our society today, steel building play a major purpose as they are energy efficient and 100 percent recyclable.  If you’re wondering about steel and what makes it reliable, profitable and a good choice for construction, well here are some facts you may need to know. 

Using steel for steel buildings is the most common because it is durable, safer, stable and much sturdier than any other traditional building.  Steel also plays a role physically, what I mean by this is that because it’s created from carbon and iron, it is making iron act better physically such as high strength, low weight, more flexibility and formidable resistance against corrosion.  Steel also requires low maintenance, which means the framing will be strong enough to resist natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other similar unforeseen threats. The other great thing about steel is that it is resistant against termites and pest infestations.  Steel is often the number one choice for storage facilities.  Steel building construction is eco-friendly and plays a huge role in our environment especially for renewable energy.  Steel is also fire-proof, very important especially if you’re using this for an animal farm. 

Other facts to consider about steel are that it is ductile, malleable and flexible enough to cater to anyone’s design demands. Steel is an excellent choice based on the facts and with the new techniques and innovations that are available today, steel has become the number one choice according to most builders.  Due to steel’s wonderful advantages, pre-fabricated steel buildings are becoming the first choice when it comes to residential buildings. Compared to other traditional buildings, steel buildings are on the top of the list because they consume less time to build, are durable and cost-effective.  Also keeping temperature regulated is easily done in steel buildings. 

Steel buildings are easy to build and design.  Using these types of buildings will also save you extra money on exteriors which can normally be expensive with traditional buildings.  Future green buildings are the most talked about product these days and more and more customers are investing in them due to their eco-friendly qualities. Builders who know own them can also tell you how remarkable they are for us and the environment. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Apartments are Becoming Green

The trend of greening one’s space doesn’t only happen within commercial and industrial buildings, but within residential buildings and apartments as well. In fact, a lot of neighborhoods are starting to invest in other methods of going green, in composting food waste—a trend that used to be foreign and strange for most families a couple of years ago.

For example, in Minneapolis, several neighborhoods now have a chutes in their buildings designed for organic food that will be composted. This is only one of the several green features to be found in residential apartments across the US.  Another example is a roofing system that can deflect the heat of the summer.  Tanks are added to collect rainwater, so that the money paid by residents for storm water management is significantly reduced while water capacity stays the same.  The HVAC and plumbing system is an important aspect of green residential buildings as well. A lot of residential buildings have increased energy efficiency, improved insulation for doors and windows, and appliances that have a high Energy Star rating. Bike racks are commonly installed as more people are learning to use other forms of transport rather than the private automobile.  

Granted that there are certain costs for going green such as operational and maintenance expenditures, but the benefits far outweigh them.  In fact, building developers are willing to develop and pay for these expenses upfront as the market is starting to demand environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The response of residents has thus far been overwhelming. In fact, a lot of people looking for apartments particularly look for green residential buildings. With the chance of reducing electricity and utility costs by as much as 75%, there’s indeed every reason to look for a green residential building!

While LEED certification is the pinnacle of green building, even smaller efforts to cut costs and save the environment can help. The benefits will far outweigh the costs for residential green buildings.

A representative at Norsteel will be happy to offer their assistance on finding an inexpensive, sturdy and sustainable steel building to meet your requirements.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Home Improvement Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Building

Do you want to make your building more eco-friendly? While renovating every now and then is a good idea for a fresh look, you will also be adding value to your home/building. See below for tips on renovating your home to make it more environmentally friendly.

The first thing we look at is roofing. The best way to make this environmentally friendly is to add solar panels. Basically solar panels are put on your roof in the sun and will collect power without adding any fuel or replacing work out parts. These panels are very popular, modern, green, and used almost everywhere. You might also want to change your roof colour, research indicates that roof colour and the type of material used can help to lower attic temperatures. If you decide to re-roof, consider lighter tiles such as white over the standard shingle roofs and this will reduce heat gain to your attic.
Another great idea is to replace all light bulbs in your building with compact fluorescent ones. Energy-smart bulbs use 70-75% less energy than the incandescent kind and last up to ten times longer! This is just a simple tip but can save you $59 dollars on energy costs over the life of the bulb, which can be anywhere from five to seven years. Also, installing motion detectors outside your home rather than leaving outdoor lighting on all night which will only waste energy, money and disturb wildlife.

One of the most important tips here is do not waste water. Always check for leaky faucets and get them fixed if you notice a leak as soon as possible. When doing laundry, try to use cold water as much as you can. Also set a good example for your children by teaching them to turn off water while they brush their teeth. Installing low flow showerheads will cut down on water usage and save energy costs.

When heating and cooling your home, invest in a high-efficiency 
 HVAC system that is Energy Star certified and install it in your home. This will reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted and will shave your utility bill. Look for a product with a higher SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio). This means that the product meets strict government criteria necessary to be deemed “energy efficient.” The standard is 13 SEER, but many heating and air conditioning products have a rating as high as 18 SEER. Also, cleaning out your air conditioner filters and replacing them regularly will help to reduce costs. If you are not in your home, adjust the thermostat to accommodate the changing temperatures outside.

Finally, another good tip is to install more fans in your home. Ceiling fans can help reduce your family’s dependence on air condition during the hot summer months. In winter, they push heat down from the ceiling.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Green Code and Steel Buildings

We all know now that greenbuildings are a great investment, not only are they green, durable, cost effective and easy to build; they also qualify for the green code. This is a major plus.  If you’re wondering what they mean by green, well it’s basically a structure that takes into consideration our environment, especially resource conservations.  Steel building happens to meet all of the criteria which are required for the green code.

This is a good idea for anyone looking to invest in steel buildings.  The information you will read in this article will be of great information for your next steel building project.  The good thing about steel buildings is that they do not release any harmful materials during construction as well as steel buildings in general are not harmful and great for our environment and surrounding area.  

The reason why steel buildings are green code approved is because they are eco friendly buildings which means they are 100 percent recyclable and non renewable energy as well expensive and exhaustible materials that happen to be forest woods can also be preserved. If after many years you feel your steel building’s life has passed, consider breaking down the building materials and reusing them for other purposes.

Steel Buildings do not any kind of diesel or powered heavy equipment gas during the construction process. This is why they are categorized as energy efficient. They are pre-engineered which means they do not need any welding or cutting afterwards.  They do not produce any kind of fuming and are non-polluting.  The reason why steel buildings meet the requirements of green code is because they are constructed from high-quality building materials. These materials are steel alloy, which happens to be the most reliable materials and it requires little maintenance.  The good thing about green buildings is that they require very little maintenance which means energy and costs are decreased which will result in low expenses in the future. 

As you have noticed steel buildings have become really popular in the construction business, the reason for this is because they are built in compliance with the green code and have eco-friendly benefits.  There are many facts that indicate that green buildings really do have green building materials.  Steel happens to be about 70 percent recyclable.  The good thing about steel is that it won’t rot, sag, split or crack.  Steel is much better than wood and it remains the most recyclable material in the world.  Another good fact about steel buildings is that most owners have high insurance discounts on almost all steel constructions.

As you can see, steel happens to meet the building code requirements making steel buildings a very popular choice for renewable energy, eco-friendly and durable.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Zinc for Building Materials

Today, more and more contractors and builders are using a new product to their buildings and future building projects. The chemical is Zinc, and it is becoming the environmentally friendly choice to add to your materials especially if you’re looking to make your building an eco-friendly one.  The chemical happens to be more sustainable and can be applied to specific areas such as: roofs and walls. 

When zinc is compared to other elements such as aluminum, copper and steel, it requires a fraction of the energy to convert into usable materials.  Zinc is also fully recyclable which is also a bonus especially at the end of life of your building when scrap can be recycled quickly and this will also lower the amount of energy use. 

When zinc is properly installed you can expect to see your building and roofing last a really long time. As well as don’t forget that it will also be maintenance free.  That really attracts customers as they don’t want to spend countless dollars on repairing their roof every certain amount of years which is what you see with asphalt shingles that need to be replaced every 25-30 years.  This product is extremely resilient in building materials.  In case you’re wondering why zinc has such a long life span it’s because it has the ability to heal itself.  This product has a protective layer over top called zinc hydroxyl-carbonate, which can block moisture and chemicals from seeping in from below.  If they protective layer is every damaged, it will reform over time.  The problem with other products such as iron or metals containing iron is that when they come in contact with rain or salt, they begin to rust and that makes them corrode resulting in more money spent to replace them.  

About more than 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are dumped in landfills each year causing toxic chemicals to leak and pollute soil. This is according to Northeast Recycling Council.  On the other hand, zinc does not end up in landfills as it is 100 percent recyclable.  Roofing or wall cladding made from zinc, also does not cause any chemical leakage in landfills. 

Recently in Discovery Company, an article had been issued questioning if zinc was the new green standard for buildings.  The discussion had been over green house gases being produced from the construction and maintenance of the buildings we live in.  He began to point out the environmental hazards and suggested that zinc may be a greener solution for building materials today.  Another great benefit to zinc is that it is flexible, malleable and very versatile and can be added to any building product.  Add zinc to steel buildings, individual homes, commercial complexes, public buildings and much more to give your structure a long life! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Coldforming and Steel Framing

Are you wondering what cold-formed steel is?  Basically cold-forming is the process of rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods.  It is commonly used in all forms of manufacturing and has become popular in the steel business industry.  An advantage of cold-formed steel framing is that it will ease the mass of production and prefabrication as well as it helps with quick and simple erection or installation.  It is generally used for steel buildings, automobiles, equipment, home and office furniture, utility poles and much more.  

Cold-form steel framing has many advantages over any other construction materials.  These advantages are lower maintenance costs, decreased utility bills, higher resale value, fire resistance, mould free, pest free, durable, weather resistant and 100 percent recyclable and sustainable.  Manufacturing cold formed steel happens in two ways.  It can be manufactured either by roll-forming the steel or break pressuring.  After this process you can then form larger fabricated structures such as steel buildings. This is why this particular product has become popular in the steel building industry.  The thickness of this product ranges from 0.0147 inches (0.373 mm) to about 1/4 inches (6.35 mm).  Other steel plates and bars that are 1 inch (25.4 mm) can also be cold formed successfully. 

Currently in the United States, they are using the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members. Developed by the American Iron and Steel Institute, the current version being used by the members is the 2007: AISI-S100-07.  Canada has also adopted this standard.  The predominant building code is The International Building Code (IBC) in North America. 

The two types of cold-formed steel are hot-rolled steel shapes and cold-formed steel shapes.  The difference between the two is that the hot-rolled steel shapes are formed by high temperatures and the cold-formed steel shapes are formed at room temperature.  The cold-formed steel shapes are generally manufactured from steel plate, strip material and sheet metal.  This process involves press-braking or cold roll forming in order to achieve the desired shape.  A lot of the time when steel is formed by press-braking or cold rolled forming, there usually is a change in the material by the cold working of the metal.  Some benefits of the cold formed steel are: uniform quality, more accurate detailing, fast and easy erection and installation, recyclable material, termite-proof and rot proof and much more.

Some of these shapes can be made into framing and panels. You can use these for roof and wall systems in steel buildings, steel racks for storage pallets, plane and space trusses and much more.  This product is very versatile and can be shaped in such a way for many of your upcoming in the works.