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Selecting Your Metal Building Colors

Color: The Fun Way to Customize Your Steel Building Kit You can make your next construction both functional and fantastic by choosing from an array of vivid metal building colors. Does your application warrant a pristine polar white or a cool Aztec blue?  Perhaps you prefer a saucy brick red with a fox gray accents?  Or would your project look best with sagebrush tan with evergreen trim? Whatever your color scheme, you will find what you need to match it… Read More

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The Incredible Strength of Steel Buildings

Why Metal Buildings Stand Straighter, Stronger, and Longer Have you ever thought about how much we depend on the strength of steel?  Probably not.  Steel has become such a part of our daily lives, we scarcely notice it. However, would you trust yourself to drive in traffic in a car made of aluminum or wood?  Would you like to work in a high-rise building made of nailed together lumber?  Would you feel comfortable driving across a concrete bridge that was… Read More

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A Builder’s Nightmare: Drywall Nail Pops

What Causes Those Unsightly Drywall Dimples? Drywall nail pops probably cause builders more wasted time on callbacks than any other problem.  These insidious pitted places on formerly perfectly finished walls can be the bane of a builder’s existence. The builder is trying to focus on his next project.  Yet, callbacks from unhappy owners of his previous projects distract him from the project at hand.  These former clients are grumbling about the unsightly bumps and blemishes appearing on their walls. What… Read More

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Steel Buildings for Plumbing and Electrical Suppliers

3 Reasons Building Supply Retailers Choose Metal Buildings Sensible, spacious, and safe, pre-engineered steel buildings are ideal for plumbing and electrical suppliers. Some operations cater to do-it-yourselfers in the home improvement market.  Others serve professional plumbers, electricians, and builders in a wholesale operation. And online electrical and plumbing supply companies, who ship parts directly to the client, are heating up right now. According to IBIS, plumbing and electrical online sales are currently experiencing a 4.9% annual growth rate.  And customer’s… Read More

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Should You Build with Steel or Concrete?

Part 2: Which Material is Easiest on the Pocketbook and the Planet? Our last blog discussed whether steel or concrete is the best building material for low-rise construction.  It compared the pros and cons of each system in four categories: design, size, availability, and safety. But will a prefab steel system or reinforced concrete structure give you the most bang-for-your-building-buck? Moreover, is steel or concrete the best choice for the environment? Material Costs CONCRETE:  The price of concrete itself remains… Read More

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Should You Build with Concrete or Steel?

Part 1: Comparing Reinforced Concrete and Prefabricated Steel Buildings Is steel or concrete the best choice for a low-rise commercial or industrial building project?  For this comparison, let’s look specifically at reinforced concrete buildings versus pre-engineered steel building systems. Poured-in-place— also known as cast-in-place— empties concrete into wall and column forms.  The concrete “sets,” drying in the forms.  The builder then removes the forms and finishes the concrete. Pre-engineered steel building systems use commercial-grade rigid steel columns and rafters to… Read More

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Historic Steel Homes in the U.S.

Milestones in American Residential Steel Framing Steel homes are not a new concept.  In fact, the first steel-framed house in the U.S. arrived on the scene in 1929! The Great Chicago Fire originally sparked interest in steel buildings. In 1871, most of Chicago consisted of wooden buildings, homes, sidewalks, streets, and bridges.  On October 8, a fire began near Michael and Catherine O’Leary’s barn.  Driven by drought conditions and high winds, the small fire soon grew to a raging inferno,… Read More

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Beat the Increase on Steel Building Prices

New Tariffs on Steel to Raise Cost of Metal Buildings WARNING:  Steel building prices are going up! Order Now to Beat the Increase! In anticipation of new U.S. government tariffs on steel imports, our suppliers recently issued notices of impending steel price increases of 11% to 13% for all orders placed after April 6, 2018. Unfortunately, this is just the first of several expected steel price hikes over the coming months. What’s Behind the Rising Prices? Global steel prices are… Read More

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Metal Buildings in Idaho

The Advantages Steel Buildings Bring to the Gem State Pre-engineered metal buildings in Idaho are the most economical, durable, and versatile buildings for every project. Idaho’s divergent landscapes make it an especially appealing locale.  Residents and visitors to the state can enjoy: Soaring mountain ranges with great ski areas for winter sports enthusiasts Fertile valleys, prairies, and plains dotted with lush farms and busy ranches Impressive canyons and gorges, rushing whitewater rivers, and magnificent waterfalls Bustling cities, boasting a wide… Read More

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosting

How to Bust Those Ghostly Stains on Walls and Ceilings Without warning, odd dark streaks called “ghosting” begin to appear on your walls or ceilings.  Soon, the blemishes grow darker, forming along wall studs or ceiling rafters.  Before long, a creepy outline of the building’s framing starts to appear on the sheetrock. Who you gonna call? What Causes Ghosting? Ghosting is the slow buildup of air-borne dust, dirt, and soot particles on walls or ceilings.  Also known as “ghost stains,”… Read More

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