There are numerous methods of making buildings earthquake resistant. Engineers have spent many years researching earthquakes and their effects and developing new technologies that help residential and commercial building... More »

Fire-code drywall, which is designed to be more fire-resistant than standard drywall, can increase a home's walls' fire resistance rating to at least one hour. This is a 30-minute increase from the standard 30-minute rat... More »

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The most popular colors of steel siding for homes, businesses and other buildings are earth tones, usually shades of grey or tan, and sometimes blues and greens. These colors are often applied with a low-gloss finish and... More »

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Plans for gambrel roofs and buildings with gambrel roofs are available for free at various websites, such as the North Dakota State University site. Gambrel roofs are often found on buildings such as residential homes, s... More »

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The most common causes of cracks in buildings are poor workmanship, temperature variations, poor structural design, poor maintenance and natural forces, explains Julius Eryenyu Jojo on the Daily Monitor. Some cracks are ... More »

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A floor screed mix is a mixture of sand and cement used as base or subflooring in buildings. The mixture consists of three to five parts sand per one part cement. More »

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AmeriBuilt Steel Structures, Allied Steel Buildings, Armstrong Steel Building Systems and The Home Depot have a variety of options available for prefabricated steel buildings. The size and pricing of the available buildi... More »

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