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Building Strong with Prefab Steel Buildings

Part 1: Safer Structures in Hurricanes, Floods, and Fires In the wake of recent billion-dollar natural disasters, people are looking to prefab steel buildings for better protection from Nature’s savage furies. We’ve seen ample evidence in 2017 that Mother Nature’s outbursts inflict unbelievable damage.  Now let’s look at what pre-engineered metal buildings can do to counter such natural disasters. Prefab Steel Buildings in Howling Winds Hurricane-force wind damage often results from structural connection failure.  Winds create a lifting force against… Read More

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2017 Weather Disasters Keep Coming

Mother Nature Having One Hissy Fit After Another This Year We have just passed mid-October, and 2017 weather disasters continue to unfold.  Blizzards, droughts, floods, freezes, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires— there seems to be no end to the calamitous climate-driven catastrophes this year across the U.S. Billions of Losses from Weather Disasters National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks weather-related events annually, both in the U.S. and globally.  By compiling the data year after year, the NCEI documents climate trends… Read More

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Wildfires Devour Over 8.5 Million Acres in U.S.

Fire Story Lost in the Media’s Heavy Hurricane Coverage The national media recently covered the paths of destruction of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate practically minute by minute, all but ignoring the rash of fierce wildfires flashing across the Northwest. Admittedly, the hurricanes were huge stories with incredible impact on the U.S.  However, the catastrophic story unfolding in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, barely made a blip on the national news radar— until this week, when deadly fires… Read More

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National Fire Prevention Week 2017

Planning Your Fire Escape Route in Advance President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) campaigns vigorously during this week to increase fire safety awareness and save lives.  Today this observance is the longest-running public health campaign in the U.S. National Fire Prevention Week starts every October on the week corresponding to the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This year’s drive focuses on urging people to plan… Read More

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Are Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Fireproof?

Understanding Fire-Related Building Terms If you’ve followed this blog very long, you have doubtless read about the fire-resistant qualities of pre-engineered metal buildings. But what exactly does “fire-resistant” mean? What Are Fire Resistance Ratings? The fire standard for most building codes comes from tests conducted by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The ratings are based on how long a particular building material or system resists the spread of the fire and sustains its structural integrity. In other… Read More

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3 Reasons Lumberyards Choose Steel Buildings

Why Housing Wood in Wood is Not Good Look around town and you will see most home improvement centers and lumberyards choose steel buildings to house their operations.  That seems odd, doesn’t it?  Wouldn’t you expect a lumber business to be housed in a lumber-framed structure? There are three main reasons wood sellers use steel buildings: 1. Lumberyards Need Massive Space Maneuvering and storing piles of wood studs, plywood sheets, and other building products demands lots of space.  Only steel… Read More

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How Steel Buildings Resist Lightning

The Shocking Truth About Metal Buildings in Thunderstorms Contrary to urban myth, steel buildings resist lightning, not attract it. The height of a structure, not the framing material, determines the probability of a direct lightning strike. The taller the building, the greater the risk that lightning might hit it. Conductible Steel Buildings Resist Lightning Damage Lightning is nothing more than super-charged electricity. A single lightning bolt generates up to 100 million electrical volts! All building materials either conduct or resist… Read More

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Preventing Holiday Fires

Tips for a Safer Holiday this Year Festive celebrations end in tragedy when holiday fires erupt. Following a few simple, sensible precautions can keep your holiday revels safe, merry— and fire free. Holiday Fire Facts Before you peruse our holiday safety tips, let’s look at a few serious statistics on holiday fires: Structural fires increase dramatically over the winter months. Of the five most dangerous days of the year for fire, four are over the end-of-the-year holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas… Read More

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Steel Buildings in Maine

Three Reasons Mainers Build Metal Buildings Pre-engineered steel buildings in Maine make perfect sense to the down-to-earth, practical Yankee logic of Down Easters. Steel buildings offer many advantages, but three benefits in particular appeal to residents of the Pine Tree State: Increased fire-resistance Exceptional durability and Energy efficiency The Great Maine Fires of 1947 Along with the Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Fires of 1871, the Great Maine Fires of 1947 claim a place on the list of the most… Read More

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WOOD versus STEEL Buildings- Part 2

Natural Challenges Facing Wood and Steel Buildings Part 1 of this series on wood versus steel buildings covered some of the basic material differences between the two building methods. Now let’s look at how wood and steel performance. When considering a building system, it is important to think long term. How safe is the structure? How will it hold up against earthquakes, fire, violent storms, and termites? TERMITES WOOD-framed structures invite termites, wood ants, and vermin in for a snack.… Read More

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