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Commercial buildings are designed and built to suit a variety of needs: workshops, showrooms, medical offices, professional environments. Despite that variety of uses in the facilities, the types of materials used to build them are generally similar.
When it’s time to build your next commercial building, look at the benefits of each type of commercial building construction. Engage an expert in construction in the Las Vegas environment– Design Builders. Based on your objectives, your location, and your future needs, a diversity of options are available:
A building’s foundation is typically concrete, but may also be combined with steel and other materials. Commercial buildings may also have exterior concrete walls, which are typically made from stacked concrete masonry. For an industrial aesthetic, polished concrete floors offer a timeless look at a great price.
One big plus is that concrete can be shaped easily into almost any form. It is fire resistant and extremely durable (think roads and bridges). And in Las Vegas, it’s thermal properties can help control cooling costs.
Brick masonry also adds a unique aesthetic aspect to a building’s façade, and may be used both for its sturdiness and visual appeal. Bricks are recyclable, reusable, and don’t produce pollution. Used for centuries, now they are mostly decorative. They usually come in standardized size but they vary in weight, color, and textures. Again, bricks are helpful in the heat.
Steel has been a major component in the commercial construction industry since the late 1800s. Steel provides a strong, stable framework essential to skyscraper construction, as the lower girders are able to support the weight of the building materials used in the numerous upper floors. Reinforcing bar, also known as rebar, is also used in concrete structures to increase their strength and durability.
Softer, lighter metals such as aluminum may fill in the spaces between steel girders or make up the ductwork that runs through the building’s walls and ceilings. Steel offers clean minimalist lines and easily accomplishes the need for open spaces in today’s modern design structures. Steel is fire resistant; It withstands all kinds of weather elements for years. There is no need to be concerned about rot, termites, mold, or mildew.
Wood is one of the oldest materials used for construction, and it is now back in the spotlight when it comes to possible sources of materials for commercial buildings. Everyone heard about increasing (and now stabilizing) lumber prices in 2021 due to supply chain problems. It is so popular because it is easy to modify and can be put together in a relatively short period of time.
Wood frames may supplement stronger steel or concrete walls, or may be used for non-supporting interior walls. Wood wall frames are covered with Sheetrock (a brand of gypsum wallboard) and other drywall materials to complete the wall’s structure and to provide support for electrical outlets and switches.
Although there are great benefits to using wood, there are a few downsides to it—like the significant amount of waste that occurs when wood is used in construction framing. A lot of environmental waste results due to the fact that it may be shaped or resized on-site. According to OSHA, when moisture penetrates the structure, wood can host mold and mildew, which can create the toxicity of a building over time.
A valuable substitute for all other types of wood used in construction, bamboo is easy to shape and maintain. Bamboo as a building material has high compressive strength and low weight. These materials are both eco-friendly and can be used to help you save money on energy bills since they provide better insulation.
When you need construction services for your commercial enterprise, pay meticulous attention to detail to ensure your project is completed correctly – on time and within budget. Call them at to help you manage your risk of water damage to your business property.