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May 10, 2017
5 Common Types of Steel Buildings
Our construction experts at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver understand the popularity of the 5 common types of steel buildings because they aren’t just for warehouses anymore. In fact, steel buildings are versatile and durable options for all kinds of purposes. Pre-engineered steel buildings can protect against high winds, snow, and seismic activity by using guidelines from your local area in designing it. The buildings can also be erected securely and quickly.
A steel building is an ideal option for any agricultural business that needs to store feed, hay, large equipment, and even animals like goats, cows, and horses. Without the support columns of a traditional barn, the animals can’t damage the structure of a steel building.
It is also able to provide a very safe environment. It also offers a way to heat the steel building to keep your animals warm during extremely cold weather and still be energy efficient by insulating the building with a high R-value and can help eliminate condensation.
Commercial and Industrial
Steel buildings can help your small business expand and grow as your business grows.
Do you need more room for storage or assembly? Pre-engineered steel buildings can respond quickly to your business needs. They are cheaper and take a lot less time to build than traditional construction.
If you need a clear span design, a pre-engineered steel building may be perfect for your company. Clear span buildings don’t have the intrusive poles or columns, and they don’t need a truss and cord system. The space in the ceiling is usable. With a steel building, your company can make use of the entire space unfettered by interior framing. Clear span buildings are made to transfer loads from the roof to the foundation, which leaves the entire square footage usable.
Have you thought about using a steel building or components as part of a custom home build? Lots of people are building pre-engineered steel buildings for their houses because of the many benefits including needing less upkeep in that they require less maintenance, cost effectiveness and improved designs making them stronger and with beautiful finishing options that look more like a house. In addition, steel buildings protect from termites and other insect damage. While maybe not as common, a residential application still makes our list of 5 common types of steel buildings because it could be a fantastic idea for the adventurous.
How do you safely store an airplane? The answer is a steel building that is sturdy and offers plenty of open space for airplanes. Steel buildings are great for keeping planes, helicopters or any other aircraft. You can choose from several options for the hangar doors.
The clear span design gets rid of those bothersome poles interrupting the expansive interior. The US Department of Defense requires all government aviation hangars be steel because they are spacious, durable, cost effective, and saves on construction time.
Garages and Workshops
A pre-engineered steel buildings’ strength and spaciousness are perfect for a garage or a workshop. It can protect your cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles or equipment and give you plenty of room to repair, build, or store.
Our team at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can help you find one of the 5 common types of steel buildings that’s right for you or your business. Whether you need reliable and durable storage solutions that won’t break the bank or you want to expand your warehouse, office space or just need to increase your square footage, our steel building construction services are ready to design, customize and construct your steel building. We offer a variety of trim options and construction specifications. Contact us today for a free quote.
April 20, 2017
How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2
To share our knowledge with you, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver presents: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2. One of the reasons why we enjoy our job so much is that we love to partner with you in creating your dream home for your family. Let’s continue our discussion about what to expect as your home is being built – if you need to catch up, Part 1 is here for you to check out.
Siding, roofing, plumbing, electrical and HVAC
Once the shell is finished, our crew will install siding and roofing as well as run the pipes and wires through the walls, ceilings, and floors. The house is considered dried in when the roofing is put on. It’s also time to install the vents, sewer lines, and water supply lines.
We will also bring in the bathtubs and any other heavy items or appliances because it’s easier to maneuver through the structure while there’s still room.
We will install in the ductwork for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Electrical and cables
Next to go in are the electrical outlets, switches, lights, and wires from the breaker panel to the receptacles. Telephone wires, cable TV and stereo system wires are installed.
At this point, it will be time for more inspections covering the framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. This is crucial, especially when it comes to finishing a home build on time.
Insulation like fiberglass, cellulose, or foam goes in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors above an unfinished basement or crawl spaces. We may use blanket insulation, blown-in insulation or liquid foam. Anywhere that needs it will be thoroughly covered by the Nelson team.
Drywall, interior textures, and paint
Delivered drywall is now hung on the walls and ceiling. Then we will tape the seams, complete the drywall texturing, and paint. At this point, it will really start to feel like your new home.
We will also be working on finishes for the home’s exterior like brick, stucco, stone, and siding.
Interior trim, cabinets and paint
Now it’s time for our crew to install all interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair railings and other decorative trim. We will also put in the cabinets, vanities, and fireplace mantels. Walls will also get the last coat of paint.
Install exterior surfaces
Moving outdoors, our builders will complete the driveway, walkways, and patios. This will allow all cement and other materials to cure prior to move-in.
It’s time to install your chosen flooring – vinyl, tile or wood. If carpet is in the plan, that will be done a little further down the line to protect them.
We will also put in the countertops for your new home around this point.
With hard surfaces complete outside, our crews will move on to the exterior finish grading which provides drainage away from the house. The landscaping grading for the yard will also be done.
Now all the final light fixtures, switches, outlets, and the electrical panel are finished. HVAC equipment is installed.
The bathroom fixtures, like sinks, faucets and toilets are installed.
Carpet, mirrors, shower doors
In the home stretch, our crew will install easily damage items like your shower doors, mirrors, and fresh, new carpeting.
The landscaping, include all trees, grass, and shrubs are planted.
Finally, it will be time for the last inspection, clearing the way for a certificate of occupancy.
Your custom home is almost ready. While we will communicate with you every step of the way, a final walkthrough allows you to make sure everything just right. If not, we’ll be sure to fix it.
So, that’s our guide: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2. Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver are happy to help your family create a home that is well built and beautiful. We take pride in our work and enjoy the process of partnering with you to make your dream home come true.
March 28, 2017
How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1
At Nelson and Son Construction Service, we have over 30 years of experience in Denver. Here, we present: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1. We’re going to walk you through this exciting process that all leads to a new home for you and your family.
It starts with just land and a plan and it becomes your dream home. We want you to be part of the process. It’s important as your house is being built that you understand the different stages of building. We encourage you to stop by the building site. We are always happy to explain what we are doing and answer any of your questions.
We want to prepare you for what will happen as we progress in building your home. Of course, every home is different, depending on the land and the style of house, but generally, it is a step by step process. A New Home Source article helps explain the building timeline.
It begins with preparing your building site. Some building sites are a part of an established neighborhood plan and the site is ready to build on but other land may require using a backhoe and bulldozer to clear the rocks and trees or level the land.
Our building crew will put up wooden forms to serve as a sort of template for the foundation. We will dig the holes, trenches, and the well if needed. If you’ve chosen a home with a basement, we will dig the hole, and form and pour the footings. Our crew will form and pour the foundation.
If your home has a slab foundation, we will dig, form, and pour the footings. We then add utility runs like the plumbing drains and electrical chases and pour the slab.
After we pour the concrete, it will take some time to let it dry. While it is drying, there may be no activity on the site. Don’t worry, we’re getting ready for the next steps of installing drains, sewer and water taps, plumbing and excavating dirt around the foundation.
When the cement is cured, a city inspector will come to your building site to make sure the foundation is up to code and done properly. When it passes inspection, our crew will get rid of the forms and start framing.
Now it’s time to frame the shell of the house, like the floor systems, walls, and roof systems. We will put up plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing on the exterior walls. Usually, a sheathing is used as a protective barrier, called a house wrap. This keeps water out of the house but allows water vapor to escape, reducing mold and wood rot.
We then install the roof, windows and exterior doors. At this point, what was once an empty lot is really starting to look like a house and you can begin looking forward to moving in.
This step-by-step, How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1 only brings us to the halfway point of your home build, so come back soon for Part 2. If you want to jump right into your own project, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver is skilled and experienced. We are committed to building a beautiful home and exceeding your expectations. We are excited to sit down with you and plan your dream home.
February 15, 2017
Dead and Live Load Steel Buildings
Steel buildings are becoming very popular for businesses. They offer a strong structure and a lot of space for a reasonable price. But our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver know it’s very important to get an understanding of dead and live loads when it comes to steel buildings, so you can appreciate how they are designed.
Structural engineers for metal buildings analyze the strength and stability of a steel building. Their conclusions and calculations determine the integrity and safety of the steel building design. They also decide the placement and gauge of each section of the metal building. We need them to make this determination because it needs to support the loads under duress, but not use more steel than needed, causing it to be too expensive. The goal is to get a metal building that is strong and safe but is not overbuilt or too expensive.
Let’s look at what this means for a steel building.
Dead loads are the permanent loads of the structure, including the weight of the building itself, plus the weight of all fixed items like walls, roof, and carpeting.
If the building has something hanging or attached to the structural framing that is called collateral dead load. This would include things like roof-mounted air-conditioning/heating units and HVAV ducting, water fire sprinkler systems, lighting fixtures, material handling systems, or interior manufacturing cranes. The structural engineer has to know in advance all the auxiliary materials to be used in the building to determine the soundness of the structure.
Dead loads would include the things that will remain with the building over the lifetime of the structure.
The concrete foundations don’t govern the maximum weight of the structure. The pre-engineered metal buildings are designed first, and then the concrete engineer decides the proper sized foundation to support the dead loads of the steel building.
Live loads are temporary additional loads that impose additional force on a structure and its foundation, like workers walking on a steel building roof or things moved in and out of the building like people, furniture, or inventory.
Steel mezzanine systems are used to create upper floors in metal buildings but they are self-supporting. These systems work independently of the structural steel framing.
However, the mezzanine system must be engineered to sufficiently carry the live loads of materials and people using them. The concrete engineers design the foundation based on the mezzanine’s placement and calculated loads.
When you use the pre-engineered steel buildings you don’t have to worry about construction loads or hiring the engineers. It’s already been done for you. Your pre-engineered building is a solid steel structure. The dead and live construction loads for your building have already been considered and engineers have already checked the calculations and signed off on production.
Understanding dead and live loads when it comes to steel buildings is an important part of our job, along with providing you a strong structure and a lot of space for a good price. For help on your next project, call our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver to find the right steel building for your business.
January 11, 2017
Tire Stores Benefit from Metal Buildings
Have you noticed that tire stores are almost always housed in pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs)? Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver explain that tire stores benefit from metal buildings because they provide the best structure and ample square footage, all at the best price. Maybe that’s why steel frames are 65 percent of all new low-rise commercial construction.
If you happen to own or manage a tire store, you likely want a commercial building that is well-built, long-lasting and holds the value of your building investment. You also want your building to have lots of space, strong doors, eco-friendly material, be fire and bird resistant, and offer energy savings and versatility. How do you get all those things? Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build a steel building that will fit your business needs.
Designed for Your Business: Tire stores in metal buildings can offer a big, attractive, welcoming space. It leaves lots of room for inventory and provides bays to handle many cars at once. Steel buildings also have the option of adding the more traditional design look of brick, stone, stucco, glass.
Lots of Space: A steel building provides lots of space. It allows you to create open floor plans, free of weight-bearing interior columns or walls. This offers a flexibility for stores to make the most of their space and design.
Savings on Energy Bills: Tire stores want insulation that the deep wall cavities of steel buildings provide. It gives a comfortable space but also saves money, sometimes as much as 50 percent off the energy bills. In the summer, the reflective coolness of steel roofing panels can give an even greater energy savings.
Eco-Friendly Material: If you want to be environmentally friendly, steel buildings are a good choice because steel is the highest recycled material.
Strong Bay Doors: Tire stores require multiple car bays to mount tires on the vehicles. The bays need to be strong and wide, as well as have strong, dependable overhead doors. You can choose from a variety of door sizes, styles, and lifting mechanisms.
Fire-Resistant: Tire stores need to be made from fire-resistant construction. In a wood-framed building, the wood is an easy point of fire ignition and can be fuel for a fire. On the other hand, a steel-framed building will not cause a fire and will not help spread a fire. In addition, metal buildings may have some additional financial benefits because many insurance companies give discounts on steel building insurance premiums.
Bird-Resistant: A wood building provides all kind of places for birds to perch and build their homes, causing you lots of problems. But the metal buildings leave no place for birds to perch or nest.
Tire stores benefit from metal buildings, allowing them to add new locations or design larger stores. Nelson and Son Construction in the Denver metro area can build a steel building for your business that can provide years of trouble-free service. That means you’ll save money and see bigger profits. Call or contact us today for more information.