It’s quite ironic how you are alternating from reading about snow, fire, snow, and now, snow and rain. This week, the Mid-Atlantic region is expected to get more of snow and rain that forced schools and businesses alike to close on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. And it seems like this winter season really is quite a harsh one. Schools are cancelled almost every other week, road accidents are becoming more frequent, and damaged property is also starting to become ordinary.
Looking on the bright side, though, at least you still have property to worry about. You’re still a lot luckier than the victims of superstorm Sandy, especially those in New York who are consistently in fear of foreclosure. So if you still have a roof above your head, know that you are lucky. And maybe it’s also about time you appreciate the value of your hard-wearing cover.
Steel buildings are built to last. But some parts may require a bit of attention time and again just to be sure, specifically those parts that are constantly battered by the changes in weather conditions. Your roof and your HVAC system would be of particular interest especially during this season, when these parts work hardest.
Of course, you will not be asked to go out and check your roof just as the snow is piling up – unless you really have to, in case of a leak, for example. Otherwise, maintenance is best done before the winter season sets in. Be sure to check your roof for any damage, and have a handy man ready to clean your HVAC system and make the necessary repairs, if necessary. This is what’s commonly known as preventive maintenance. It’s high time that you scrap the idea that you only have to fix things once they’re broken.
Ironically, common problems like failing roofs and faulty heaters of steel buildings are almost always reported at the time you’d expect – right when the snow season is at its peak. Steel buildings may seem perfect foolproof structures, but this is not completely true. At best, steel buildings are, well, maybe close to perfect. And since most owners believe this, a lot of them tend to be too complacent about their steel buildings’ integrity.
Preventive maintenance actually let’s you skip not only the hassle of repairing your roof but also the expense of replacing whatever furniture, appliance, or equipment a leak may cause. Also, if you keep your HVAC in check, you won’t have to worry about getting sick in the winter – that is, of course, if you don’t freeze first.
In order for people to cope with the pressures of everyday living, medical doctors strongly advise that stress busters be included in their regular routine. Persistent stress may lead to serious and life-threatening health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. That’s why activities like gardening, cooking, painting, and other pursuits are popular.
Gardening has a lot of positive effects in the human spirit and the environment as well, making it one of the worthwhile hobbies for people in a wide age range and not just be retirees. In fact, gardening has become a full-scale hobby for thousands of Americans who approach it with a lot of drive and enthusiasm by buying all sorts of supplies, tools, and equipment.
All these gardening tools, supplies and equipment need storage. And the best choice for storage structures is steel buildings. No question about it, consumers are aware of the fact that steel buildings are durable, dependable and sturdy structures that can stand the test of time for long years to come.
Steel buildings offer the best protection against wear and tear and possible damage to structures due to unfavorable weather conditions (high winds, heavy snow, hurricanes) that are experienced in some parts of the country like right now.
By being pre-engineered using the latest computerized design technologies, they are manufactured at the factories and not at the site, to ensure tight connections and straight walls, giving you peace of mind knowing that your valuables well-protected and safe.
Steel buildings are made of high-quality steel, which is proven to be the most durable construction material today. Steel is the reason why these structures have unparalleled durability and sturdiness. What’s more, steel is also resistant to fire unlike wood. Should a fire occur inside steel buildings, the occupants have more time to evacuate the building and carry with them their valuables because the blaze can be more easily contained since steel is non-combustible.
Modern steel buildings are highly customizable and flexible. They can be built for just about any purpose and designed to look like any traditional structure to match the style of your house and the surrounding buildings.
Another unmatched quality of steel is its high strength-to-weight ratio, which gives steel buildings the ability to be built with clear span interiors to provide your steel storage structures with maximum available space, perfect storage and maneuvering big equipment such as motorized lawn mowers.
Steel buildings, especially those that have simple designs, are easy to build. Unlike, traditional structures, they arrive at the site ready for assembly. You don’t need to hire experts, who are indispensable in traditional construction methods. Steel building kits come with easy-to-follow erection manuals that give step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the structure. Even if you have zero knowledge in construction, you can build your own steel storage building right in your backyard.
It seems that everyone has been busy dealing with blizzards and wading through snow-covered roads. But some people were out battling quite the opposite, just last week. Southern California residents once again witnessed a massive wildfire, spanning about two hundred acres of land.
The wildfire actually broke out on Thursday, the last day of February. But only about thirty percent of the fire has been contained during the early hours of Friday, the first day of March. Looking on the bright side, no injuries or deaths were attributed to the wildfire.
Two hundred firefighters were distributed across the area but the progress was gradual. The primary reason for this was the strong winds in the area – about 35 miles per hour – that aggravated the fire.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined by an official investigation. Well, since it’s a wildfire after all, this is actually not a first. However, this is also the basic reason why wildfires are really dangerous. Some fires can be predicted, such as a fire starting from the kitchen, for example. But wildfires – you just never know when they’re coming.
And so it’s best to be prepared for any sort of fire, regardless of what the cause may be. There are several and very simple ways to fireproof steel buildings.
If you’re starting from scratch, steel buildings are easy to fireproof. When identifying potential fire hazards, you should consider not only the internal environment, but also the natural surroundings. The external environment, such as if you were in the Southern California area, would mean the need for extra-care. Easily said, the location has a lot to do with the fireproofing design of steel buildings. Certainly, a building in the concrete jungle of New York would need less external fire protection than one built near a lush forest.
Now, in some cases, you may not have considered fireproofing during the design phase. But the good news is, steel buildings can be customized even post-assembly. For one, you can reinforce your building by padding up your wall panels. Steel buildings are innately resistant to fire, but when the temperatures reach a certain extent, the steel can still weaken eventually. By adding fire-tested insulation, you can increase the fire-resistance of your entire structure.
In addition to insulation, experts suggest the use of intumescent paint, especially on steel supports. This paint is made up of a unique combination of chemicals that act as a fire retardant. This way, when worse comes to worst, your steel building can ensure that you have enough time to save what matters most.
Steel buildings are meant to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. But not all steel buildings are well-equipped to withstand the harsh effects of terrible and atypical weather conditions, such as flooding, for example.
But don’t panic just yet. In the same way that technology enabled the evolution of steel buildings, it has also led to the development of flood-proofing technologies. Easily said, the main impetus for the development of flood-proofing methods is to reduce – if not completely avoid – the impacts of flooding on steel buildings, regardless of cause.
Now, location has a lot to do with the kind of measures you’ll need to make. For example, some areas in the United States expect flooding on a regular basis. This is especially true for steel buildings along coastal areas, where water levels fluctuate almost on a daily basis.
Flood-proofing, in general, includes various methods such as elevating steel buildings; using better, sturdier, waterproof materials; and incorporating water channels in structural design.
The first of two main types would be wet flood-proofing. This type is commonly found in coastal areas, regions near lakes or rivers, and the like. You would probably know how water has a wild way of damaging property. And so for wet flood-proofing, structures are designed to let water in and out of the building without causing any structural damage. Most structures in this area are also made of flood-resistant materials – galvanized steel would be on top of the list. Moreover, unlike in dry regions, the living area is also naturally elevated. Easily said, the entire building’s design is adjusted in order to avoid water-damage as best possible.
On the other hand, dry flood-proofing would be more common in the larger part of the United States, where flooding is not typical. This method simply ensures that any time there’s a rise in water level, the building will at least virtually impermeable. Much of the design is based on historical data. Usually, the building is only “sealed-tight” up to the expected water level. To ensure this, walls are lined with waterproof coatings, membranes, and sometimes a supplementary layer or shield. Such a barrier is necessary to reinforce openings such as doors – of course this is the part of the structure which is unlikely to be elevated.
Now, there’s no limit to the measures you will employ. The two categories are, after all, not mutually exclusive. Since you will know best, the ideal way to get the right flood-proof building is to work with your steel building experts during the design phase.
Most people can’t wait for the snow to melt. But some people would beg to differ – especially if you’re a fan of snowboarding.
This fast-paced, bordering on the extreme sport has actually evolved into one of the most popular in the United States. Tons – no, millions – of people come to snowboarding events during the peak months of winter season. About thirty percent of each season’s visitors actually snowboard, while the rest either ski or simply watch events and enjoy the snow.
It’s no wonder how snowboarding easily became a hit. There are a lot of natural places in the United States that were made for this sport. For a bit of snowboarding lingo, enthusiasts are actually split into three most common groups – there’s free-riders, and there’s free-stylers. Free-riders are either beginners or people who just want to have fun.
Free-stylers on the other hand, are geared toward the more extreme side of the sport – people who like to do stunts, experiment, add a bit more thrill to the already thrilling nature of the sport. Carvers, meanwhile, prefer to sweep along or carve the mountains. For all three, there are widely accessible snowboarding regions to meet their specific needs and experience.
All in all, snowboarding is a great sport. And as you can see, you don’t have to be an athlete to do it. Practically anyone who wants to try it can. But like any other seasonal sport, snowboarding has a catch – it, well, ends where the snow does. And that’s a primary consideration you have to look at: where do you keep your gear when that happens?
Proper storage is important if you want to make an investment worth it. Snowboarding gear, or any other sports equipment, for that matter, are likely to require a space of their own. This is where steel buildings come in.
Steel buildings are ideal “hobby buildings” because they’re affordable and easy to build. In fact, most hobbyists choose steel buildings primarily for the fun of building it all on their own. Of course, in addition to that, steel buildings can be specifically designed to meet both your budget and your storage needs.
Steel buildings are usually ordered online or on the phone. You can transact with a local supplier to make things easier. After all the technicalities, your steel building kit will be delivered on site. Of course, you can always ask experts to do the work for you. But some customers say that every kit is designed so expertly, that anyone can build it. This is especially true for small projects such as a personal hobby house. A bit of handy-man skills are all you need.
More than four months after Hurricane Sandy hit Jersey shore, there is still much left to be done in terms of rebuilding and recovering. Seaside Heights, for example, was especially affected by the Superstorm – obviously because of its prime location by the sea. But just the same goes for New York City, although NYC is relatively quicker to get back on its feet. Well, everyone has to anyway, no matter how rapid or gradual.
Climate change is definitely making itself more apparent. And as with any change, the only way to deal with it is to go with it. Obviously, hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes are things that people can at most predict. So the best, if not only, way to go is to be prepared as much as physically possible.
The way things are going, it’s not quite safe to say that there won’t be another Sandy. Nobody expected a massive Noah’s-ark flood in New York now, did anyone? And so that was what primarily happened – no one was prepared enough. The silver lining is, while everyone is quite starting from scratch, this is the best time get a building that won’t let you make the same mistake twice.
Flood-proofing measures are now widely and specially recognized. There are two categories of flood-proofing: wet and dry. Now, wet and dry flood-proofing employs various methods, but the first and common would be the use of flood damage resistant materials.
Galvanized steel is a known flood-resistant material. Having said that, steel buildings are innately flood-proof, especially if you use galvanized steel panels coated with water and corrosion resistant finish.
In addition to that, steel buildings can be easily customized to incorporate the specifications of a flood-proof design. In wet flood-proofing, a building is elevated considering expected or average rise in water-levels. In dry flood-proofing, a building is designed in such a way that it’s “sealed tight”. Both methods can be easily employed for steel buildings. However, most owners prefer the dry method, and it’s often more applicable.
In order to be flood-proof, steel buildings have to be built almost seamlessly. No cracks or crevices are to remain exposed, at least up to the expected height of floodwater. Of course, for best results, the entire building should not have structural flaws. For openings, such as windows, they have to be installed above the expected water level. However, the same case does not apply to doors. For this, you will have to install a movable shield or barrier.
And now that you know there’s a way, stop thinking about the ark, and start getting your building flood-proofed today.
Nowadays, there are endless opportunities for steel buildings. Decades ago, you would never have known about steel buildings unless you were in the military. But today, steel buildings are practically everywhere and in the most unlikely forms – jewelry stores, liquor stores, banks, boutiques, and homes – who would have thought, right?
Since steel buildings have evolved so much, the needs of the consumers have also changed vastly from then to now. Back in the day, owners would only look for durability and space. As the years passed, consumers asked more about flexibility in terms of design and aesthetic value. Today, what with the goings on and all the talk about gun bans following seemingly whimsical but heinous – to say the least – crimes, consumers are now looking out for security.
One of the popular ways to ensure safety within steel buildings is to have what is generally called “bulletproof” glass. However, manufacturers have clarified that a lot of misconceptions arise from the common use – or misuse – of the term “bulletproof”. Actually, the correct phrase would be bullet-resistant glass.
It was slightly more than a year ago, if you could remember, when a man was arrested after an alleged attack on the White House. Now, this building is a good example of a building with bullet-resistant windows – and for obvious reasons. Of course, if it were possible to make absolutely bulletproof glass, then the White House would be sure to be equipped with it.
Bullet-resistant glass costs more than the typical glass. But this is the investment you would want to make especially if you’re involved in high-risk ventures such as those mentioned above. The question is whether you would want to be proactive in terms of ensuring the safety of your business and your customers or if you would rather just wait unprepared for whatever may come. Experts recommend making smart investments, especially if you can afford it. A little more cash out won’t hurt compared to what you can possibly deal with when worse comes to worst.
Quite ironically, demand for bullet-resistant wall panels, windows, and other security-related products have not only doubled but actually quadrupled since the U.S. economy dropped. As it seems, more and more people are becoming vigilant and again, are making smart investments.
Maybe you won’t be able to get bulletproof windows, as you thought you could have before reading this post. But the good news is, you may not have bulletproof glass but you can have what is realistically the best there is – bullet-resistant windows for steel buildings.
Steel buildings are popular solutions for constructing agricultural buildings. Examples of these are horse barns and other structures that house livestock.
Steel buildings are highly customizable and it is crucial to include ventilation systems in their design especially when they will be used as horse barns. Proper ventilation systems not only minimize respiratory health problems, but also maintain good air quality, which are beneficial to the workers and the animals as well. A well-ventilated horse barn also offers protection for the barn structure by minimizing condensation, which may result to moisture damage.
Experts agree that good air quality for horse barns are a combination of comfortable levels of temperature and humidity plus the absence of air contaminants and drafts. Temperatures inside steel horse barns should be steady and should be between 10°C to 24°C.
On the other hand, relative humidity should be in the range of 60% to 70%. It has been found that very moist air, combined with high air temperatures create moisture build-up causing serious respiratory ailments and fungal growth for the horses, as well as premature deterioration of steel buildings. In the case of drafts, fresh air entering horse barns should be evenly distributed.
All these considerations are addressed by installing the proper ventilation systems for steel buildings used as horse barns. For horse owners, the first option that should be looked into is how to take advantage of natural ventilation in order to save on energy costs.
To ensure the maximum benefits of natural ventilation, two principles must be considered in the design of steel buildings – the tendency for warm air to rise and wind effects to move air. Although they are quieter than fans, natural ventilation systems require a lot more management for optimum performance.
Considering natural ventilation for steel buildings starts by the proper building orientation. As a rule, the length of the building must be perpendicular to the prevailing wind. However, if there are obstructions located within 10 times the height of the ridge peak, which would prevent fresh air movement, consider the use of mechanical ventilation.
Some steel horse barns that are naturally ventilated are unheated and has minimum insulation. Often these steel buildings are designed with open front sidewall or end, open ridge to allow warm moist air to rise and escape, a small opening at the eave to introduce fresh air and large doors along both side walls.
The insulation can be found in the underside of the roof that acts as drip barrier. The sidewalls of these steel buildings also have minimal insulation to reduce condensation, as well as add warmth to the interiors.
On the other hand, insulated steel barns that are naturally ventilated can be susceptible to freezing during winter weather. That’s why supplementary heat is added. There may be insulated panels in the sidewalls, window-type vents or one or more chimneys for exhaust. Sidewall openings as well as doors and windows allow for fresh air to enter and escape during summer.
Another major snowstorm hit mid-US, the second in a row this week. Residents were wading through a foot of wet snow. More than that, about a hundred thousand Midwesterners were left to cope with no electricity. About three fatalities were attributed to the blizzard as winds sent drifts of snow as high as two feet. Every car on the road was almost an accident waiting to happen in such weather.
Of course, by now, there seems to be nothing new about this. During this time of year, these are the kind of things that – though it may sound pessimistic or cynical, even – you’d kind of expect to read in the daily news – Snow storm hits, trees fall, power lines are cut.
The thing is, there’s actually something good about knowing what the pattern is. All you have to do is decide to be proactive instead of reactive. Do not wait for the lines to get caught on the branches before you start wondering where you’re going to get your backup source of power. Since you at least have an idea of what may come, you might as well be prepared, especially if you have the means to do it.
It’s a good thing that steel buildings are meant to be ready for anything, including blackouts. Of course, you can always opt to have a fuel-run generator. But manufacturers of steel buildings always want you to have only the most effective and economical options. So they came up with various accessories specifically designed for steel buildings that can help ensure you get back-up power.
There are many to choose from, but the top choices would be wind turbines and solar panels. Both, however, have their respective pros and cons.
Wind turbines, as you may well know, provide power for steel buildings by translating mechanical energy into electricity. The problem with this is that wind can be inconsistent and may not be enough to provide the power that you need even just for your household. Also, wind turbines can affect the aesthetic value of steel buildings, so that may be one of your considerations.
On the other hand, solar panels are easier to manage and install compared to wind turbines. And since these systems rely on the sun, this alternative source of energy is pretty much consistent. The number of panels you will have to install depends on the power you require – this will also determine the amount you will be shelling out. However, looking into the inconveniences of having no electricity for days on end, it’s fairly easy to be convinced as to why you’d want to give your steel building a power up.
Whether you’re into music as a hobby or as a profession, it’s definitely any music enthusiast’s dream to have a personal studio. And believe it or not, you can actually have it within the comfort of your own steel home.
Steel buildings are very popular as customizable buildings. Truth be told, since steel buildings are pre-fabricated, you can actually go as hands-on as you like especially in terms of the design of the building. It’s almost safe to say that steel buildings are made-to-order structures.
Now, soundproofing isn’t a new feature of steel buildings. It just so happens that soundproofing is usually done in the industrial setting, especially in plants and warehouses where much noise is involved in regular operations. But no matter – just because it’s always been industrial doesn’t mean it should be confined there. For a fact, at least now you know there are actual residential – or commercial – applications.
Going back to your personal studio, there’s a myriad of options you can choose from when soundproofing steel buildings. One of the main things to consider would be the air path from the intended area for the studio and the rest of the building. Make sure that the area is sealed – cracks and holes, especially in joints and corners reduce the effectiveness of any soundproofing material.
For cost-effectiveness, you might want to consider using insulation. However, insulation not only works for reducing sound, it’s also involved in temperature regulation. Therefore, when choosing the type of insulation, you won’t only need to think about the sound – which is what the room is mainly for – but also the local weather conditions. This way, you won’t have to endure having a soundproof structure that doesn’t suit your winters or summers well. Otherwise, you will have to spend more on air conditioning, heating, and ventilation and you wouldn’t want that.
On the other hand, if you can afford to indulge, you can choose to do a double-up. This term simply means building a room within a room. Most experts recommend this for owners who take soundproofing as a serious business.
So don’t worry too much about making the tough decisions, your trusted supplier will certainly be around to offer the assistance and expertise to help you build your own steel studio. After all, their passion for steel buildings is just as much as your passion for making music. So go ahead and build your solid soundproof studio today – it’s an investment you won’t regret.