Wednesday, October 21, 2015
TV host and long-time construction expert Mike Holmes advocates the use of concrete in building home foundations, and he makes his case known in an article in the National Post. He says that while loves working with wood on floors, decks, framing, and more, he doesn't recommend it for home foundations for one simple reason: when wood is exposed to moisture, rotting ensues. There are treatments that make wood more resistant to moisture, but the combination of a wooden foundation and a profound moisture issue is still a good recipe for disaster, since rot spreads very quickly. Over time, the rot that started out as a simple moisture concern can easily develop into a serious structural problem.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Concrete homes are finding their way into the American real estate landscape – and not a moment too soon. Wood—the traditional material for homes--has become more scarce and expensive than before. Additionally, more and more people are recognizing the benefits of concrete homes, particularly their resistance to extreme weather elements, bugs and termites, and noise pollution. Concrete homes also offer better insulation, making them more energy-efficient than traditional wooden homes. The Concrete Homes Council has defined a concrete home as one made in cast in place concrete with the use of conventional forming systems. A concrete home may only have the exterior walls in concrete; or both the exterior and interior walls; or the exterior and interior walls, plus the flooring and roofing.
Monday, August 24, 2015
As a building contractor, one of your main concerns is to get your work done quickly, without sacrificing the quality of the work. Another thing that would keep you up at night is keeping your projects within the budget given to you. This is where aluminum concrete forming systems can help. With the right use of forming systems, you can finish your project on time and without going over your budget. Formwork Basics Using concrete forms isn’t that complicated; you essentially have forms into which concrete is poured. The most basic concrete form is made of wood, usually at the site itself; laborers cobble up forms using lumber and plywood. Form oil is placed on the inside of the forms; this is to ensure that the concrete doesn’t stick to the wood. After that, the concrete is poured and left to dry.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Concrete has long been the material of choice for many construction projects, more particularly for building homes. Concrete, however, can be difficult to move around and placed on a particular part of the house, for a square foot of conventional concrete typically weighs around 150 pounds. Imagine how difficult it will be to place hundreds to thousands of square feet of concrete at the same time. This is where concrete forming systems or concrete forms─ contraptions that hold back the weight of concrete during construction─ come in handy. Concrete forms are made of different materials, from wood and metal to plastic and fiber glass, and are often categorized by where and how these are used.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Our concrete forming systems company LECO Concrete Forms & Supply has always strived to improve our services and product offering for the benefit of our customers. In addition to our already extensive list of products from superior brands like Universal Forestry Products, Boise Cascade, Dayton Superior and many more, we will now be adding Mar-Flex Waterproofing & Building Products to our product line. This new addition to our product line will help us to better provide for the needs of customers be it a commercial, multi-family or residential job. Mar-Flex Waterproofing & Building Products, as one of the top brands in the industry, is known for offering the broadest range of premium waterproofing and building products. It is for this very reason that we have decided to supply their products to better accommodate complex building demands. This way, our customers can rest assured that quality and versatility will always be guaranteed.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Walls are more than just a layer of concrete. How the wall looks greatly affects the aesthetics of the entire house or room. There are proper concrete forming systems for different wall design ideas. Below is a short list of suggestions you can use to decorate your house. Use the overlay style to create stone, wood, or other surface designs. The overlay style can go with almost anything. You can buy ready concrete wall forms for sale from suppliers like Leco Concrete Forms & Supply.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Concrete has always been the material of choice for most construction projects. Instead of raising a structure brick-by-brick, concrete is poured into available aluminum concrete forms for sale from sellers like LECO Concrete Forms & Supply so that each wall is one single block. The forms are then removed to provide a smoother concrete wall that can support the overall structure. There are several advantages for using this concrete forming system in home building. Convenience Concrete starts off as a semi-solid, with home builders usually mixing the concrete on site. The concrete is then poured into the form. Instead of the traditional way of building a home, which is slower than if builders used durable concrete forming systems, concrete is simply allowed to harden inside the forms. Once set, the forms can then be removed, and the concrete set up or attached to other component parts, such as walls to other walls, until the home is built.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
To help streamline financing for its products, LECO Concrete Forms & Supply—a leading manufacturer of high-grade concrete forming systems in Atlanta—recently launched a new option for its customers through it’s equipment financing partner, Advantage+: it’s called the Equipment Finance Agreement (EFA). The EFA treats the sale of forming equipment as a cash sale; the only difference is that the company will have a lien on the equipment until the loan is fully paid. The main advantage of this is that the contractor can actually own the equipment instead of spending more on long-term leasing. And since the EFA does not require advance payments, it helps contractors become more flexible in their cash flow management. LECO’s partner Advantage+ still offers lease financing, but it expects most of its customers to prefer the new EFA.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Aluminum is one of the most commonly used concrete forming systems next to steel, from commercial building construction to domestic houses. It is utilized in roofing, windows, curtain walling, and partitions, among many other things. It is also used in other industries such as transportation and commerce. As aluminum experts and CEOs Heidi Brock and Paul-Henri Chevalier put it in their article contribution on metalarchitecture.com, “Highly recyclable, lightweight and durable, the metal is a key aspect of green building efforts taking place across the country and around the globe.” Recyclability Unlike other building materials that would be discarded at the end of its lifespan, aluminum can be recycled and reused while still keeping its fundamental characteristics or quality. Even coated aluminum can be recycled, prior to popular belief.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Aluminum concrete forming systems can make these basins possible. The wall forms can be set around the planned basin before pouring cast-in-place concrete. Not only does the plan create robust foundations and walls, but it also promotes green construction practices. For starters, these wall forms can be used up to 2,000 pours, greatly cutting costs for massive purposes like the above. Cast-in-place concrete itself is also green thanks to waste minimization. Today's concrete mixes are largely composed of recycled content, yet still produce hardy concrete. As the term implies, the concrete is poured into the concrete forms, which are preset as walls. Cast-in-place concrete can be transported more easily (via cement truck) than formed panels. Contractors can find these aluminum concrete wall forms for sale at Southeast manufacturers like Leco Concrete Forms & Supply.