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The foundation of Oklahoma’s economy is undoubtedly its agricultural and manufacturing industries. Workers of this industry continue to thrive by continually innovating and improving their production processes while maintaining quality products that Americans purchase. Business owners interested in economically updating to newer facilities that are durable, environmentally friendly, and inexpensively customized are turning to the growing field of pre-engineered metal buildings.

Storage metal building in OklahomaWe decided to call MBMI and see what they had to offer. They made a ton of promises which I thought were too good to be true. When it was all said and done, every promise was kept. I am extremely pleased with MBMI, and highly recommend the company. — Danny Ramsey, Colcord, OK


Like most sizeable purchase, a building should be an investment. For this reason, among others, steel buildings in Oklahoma are increasing quickly in popularity. Steel provides an unparalleled strength to buildings. If you are interested in a long-term return on your investment in a building, it is worthwhile to research building manufacturers of steel buildings and the array of warranties and guarantees that several companies provide. Think about it, a warranty on your building! Sounds wild, but quality engineered steel structures are created to stand the test of time with components sealed and painted to prevent rusting, fading, etc.

In addition to its aesthetic durability, metal buildings are structurally strong enough to withstand hurricane and tornado forced winds, heavy snow loads, and hot summer heats. Unlike buildings made of other materials, strength in a steel building does not call for additional interior columns. In fact structures can be designed with clear spans up to 200ft. Larger clear spans means more working area. These large spans are particularly useful for agricultural and manufacturing facilities that hold large machinery and/or equipment. Furthermore, with steel, you don’t have to worry about your building’s structural stability being compromised by mold or termites.

Social Responsibility

More and more the term social responsibility is being stressed in the business world. Part of this social responsibility lies in running an efficient, environmentally friendly business. Improvements in the manufacturing of steel allows for buildings to be made entirely of metal products that are composed of up to 60% recycled materials and 100% recyclable if or when deconstruction is required. Building with recycled and recyclable materials is also one way to earn LEED credits toward a GREEN LEED certified building that can improve your companies image and earn you tax credits.

Building with energy star rated building components is not only good for the environment, it is also good for your bank account. The metal components of a quality building can save you on electric expenses by reflecting the suns rays from your roof and siding. Also, quality pre-engineered buildings are manufactured to fit together like a puzzle, coupled with the appropriate insulation, to prevent heat transfers in and out of your building; a necessity to keep heat out in summers and in during winter months to keep electric costs down.

Additional Benefits

It is no surprise that an increasing number of people and companies, in Oklahoma and abroad, are choosing to build with steel. The material and construction costs are lower when compared to building with other materials like wood, brick and mortar. With the right company you will be working with a team formed to design, engineer, and produce a quality project with the exact specifications you require while meeting the specific building codes of your area. Design options include, but are not limited to, a variety of doors, windows, framed openings, skylights, and seemingly limitless architectural designs. Aesthetically speaking, buildings can be customized with paint colors or siding options such as brick or wood to enhance your buildings design. All in all it should be no surprise why metal buildings are ideal for nearly every industry in Oklahoma.

This article is originally posted on: MBMI Metal Buildings


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June 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

A Few Steps to Restore Your Garage Flooring This Spring

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A few reasons why you should restore your garage flooring before starting your spring cleaning this year.

If the garage is the most neglected part of a home, (it is) then the garage flooring has to be the most neglected part of the most neglected part of your home, which is unfortunate because garage flooring can be a major asset to your home. It doesn’t have to be the cold, dark place that nobody wants to spend time in, and can be so much more than the place you park your car. Because of the weather here in the North West, garages are forced to be extremely versatile. Not only are they haven from the rain for a vehicle, they house tools, storage and are makeshift playgrounds for kids. A garage flooring restoration not only adds aesthetic value to your home but it can also increase overall durability and prevent future wear and tear, along with the added peace of mind that you’ll no longer trip over cracks or holes while carrying your groceries in. Here are a few steps to upgrading your garage flooring.

  1. Preparation is important- Before adding a coating to your floor make sure the current concrete surface has been adequately ground. Similar to sanding wood before applying a polish, you want t a smooth surface so the coating can properly adhere. For best results use a diamond grinder to remove any current paint layers. Long term damage is often done when this step is skipped.
  2. Make sure to fill in any cracks or holes.
  3. Apply Coating- There are many different options for finishing your garage floor. The one we have found to be the most effective are polyureas. Without getting into the confusing science behind polyurea just remember that this polymer coating cures within about an hour, can handle up to 350 degrees, has an abrasion resistance up to four times most epoxies, and is able to resist most stains. Combine all these qualities with the look of the finished product and you might find yourself giving the garage some much needed attention.
  4. It is always a good idea to apply an additional coat. This adds to the aesthetic value and increases the overall durability.

Traditional concrete in naturally a porous material, because of this seasonal swelling and contracting can cause your current cracks and bumps to expand. Restoring your garage flooring will prevent future problems and resolve current ones. When you’re spring cleaning this season remember the abuse that your garage floors are taking and consider transforming this underused part of your home into another beautiful feature that will add to it’s value.

Alternative Surfaces specializes in garage flooring in Portland, Oregon.

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April 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Miami Impact Windows & Impact Doors

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If you live in high wind rated areas in South Florida like Miami you have to be prepared for hurricanes with impact windows Miami approved. There are many ways of protecting your home from high wind loads, however when it comes to Dade County, in order to get permitted to build any type of building, the windows and doors have to be wind rated. Dade County is one of the most challenging areas in America to build due to these hurricanes. Never the less impact windows has and will continue to save lives.

Hurricane force winds are no joke, once a door or a window breaks open the wind will blow the roof off the building, this is very common in hurricanes when the doors or windows are not up to date (wind rated). This will result in you and your family’s life being put in danger. Taking the time now to protect your home is a safe investment and more importantly a great way to protect your family and belongings from these life threatening weather conditions.

With the latest technology, wind rated windows and wind rated doors are exceeding Dade county requirements, Miami Dade has the highest County wind load requirements in the USA, getting your city’s permission to build is very important and in order to get permitted to build you will have to follow the wind regulations. Impact windows and impact doors are just part of the plan, in Dade County everything has to be wind rated.

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March 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Why Steel Buildings Make a Wise Long-Term Investment

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Steel has been called many things in this modern age of man. Metal structures have become nearly synonymous with strength, security, safety, design, durability, resistance, and eco-friendly. All of these words, being very accurate correlations, are just some of the many advantages of constructing steel buildings.

Not only can anyone find steel structures on the market at a very competitive price, but the actual nature of the building itself guarantees a solution to many possible problems and concerns, thus eliminating many potential future costs. With steel, for instance, you don’t have to worry about fire, termites, mildew, or mold. Steel is also excellent for constructing with insulation, thereby keeping the heat inside or outside your home as needed… and drastically lowering your energy bill as well as your carbon footprint! Modern “green initiative” elements easily incorporated in steel design—such as solar panels, use of recycled materials, and energy efficiency metal roofs, to name just a few—also contribute in reducing energy costs and waste.

Heavy-duty steel structures are also ideal for combatting all sorts of weather. In hurricane-prone areas, metal buildings can withstand winds that reach hundreds of miles per hour; in earthquake-prone regions, the resilience and flexibility of steel help keep the building intact; in extremes of heat and cold, insulated steel can keep out even the harshest rain or sun—all the while constantly benefitting you with sun-reflective metal roofs, rainwater-collecting mechanisms, and more.

Due to their durability, steel buildings also require less maintenance and renovation; furthermore, they can easily be juxtaposed with additions at any time. They’re immune to day-by-day wear and tear, as the sturdiness of high-grade galvanized steel ensures that you have little to worry about. They won’t rot, they won’t age, and they are not easily damaged. Not to mention, pre-engineered metal buildings can be so easy and quick to assemble, you could even save a few extra bucks and tackle the job yourself!

Steel far supersedes any other building material—including wood, brick, and cement—in its strength, design capabilities, and robustness. It is a wise choice as a long-standing structure and as a long-term investment.

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Steel Buildings History to Latest Technology

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Throughout the history of humankind, different types of buildings have been constructed depending on various factors such as the building materials available, the specific uses of the buildings, and the level of expertise of the builders. And, buildings have evolved from one decade to the other to reflect the needs of the society. Notably, steel buildings have earned the marvel of many during these modern times.

Generally, steel buildings refer to metal structures in which the members are made of steel in order to offer internal support as well as exterior cladding. The steel components of these buildings are generally joined by welding, riveting or bolting, and this reinforces their strength. The construction of steel buildings is usually accomplished through industrial processes. In modern construction, steel buildings are best known for the diversity of their shapes as well as their architectural expressiveness that make them more reliable than other types of structures. During this century, steel buildings have evolved into various specific types according to their use, which can be storage, places of work, living accommodation, and others.

Steel buildings offer several advantages. To begin with, due to the high strength of steel, the strength of these buildings is unmatched compared to structures constructed using other building materials. This is particularly essential when one desires to have a building with a strong foundation for use with heavy machinery. Next, steel buildings save time and money as compared to using conventional building systems. The inherent strength of steel implies that less structural members are required, and this translates to savings in construction, maintenance, and replacement costs. Other benefits of steel structures include increased sanitary conditions, environment conservation, and flexibility in case of alteration for different uses. On the hand, the main disadvantage of steel buildings is their susceptibility to corrosion. However, this can be surmounted easily through applying some protective measures, for example, applying special coatings and paints.

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January 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Metal Buildings Meet North Dakotas Oil Industry Growth Demands

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Many of the strongest longest standing towns around the US thrive by providing this country and others with products from industry that can be considered the backbone to society. Whether it’s farming, manufacturing, industrial, or otherwise, the hard working companies and employees of these industries spark growth in communities by cultivating, extracting and creating essential products that many of us take for granted.

Recent reports of the oil boom in Williston, North Dakota is proof that even now, during one of the toughest economies of our time, there are markets booming and areas with tremendous growth potential. Now in order for the towns, companies, industries around these areas to maximize the profit potential of this boom they must too grow at a rate that can keep up with the growing demands.

For years, pre-engineered metal buildings have been the solution for quick cost effective construction. The constant demand for faster, stronger, easier construction for less catapulted the popularity of steel construction. Companies in industrial and manufacturing industries have long used steel framed metal buildings for their size, strength, and safety. Also, metal buildings come pre-engineered for fast construction and require little maintenance to minimize expenses and maximize profit margins.

Now, fast-forward to present day and steel framed buildings are being utilized for everything from homes and churches to auto-shops and retail stores. Choosing to build with metal is a no brainer expansion solution for the supporting retail and service companies of booming town like Williston the surrounding towns in N. Dakota because not only must companies in the oil industry must grow, but also the communities that support the oil industry workers and families. This means expanding neighborhoods, adding retail locations and services industries meeting higher demands.

While exciting, quick growth can also be daunting to business owners who are investing in new businesses or expanding a current business. Those in North Dakota are definitely feeling the pressure, as it’s hard to keep the retail and service jobs filled with the promise of big bucks in the oil industry. Not to be discouraged, eventually the oil positions will be filled and all of those workers will need clothing, groceries, gas and a place to go for entertainment; and the companies who prepared by opening or expanding a company in anticipation of this boom will to be prospering—through the trickle down economics of the situation. Metal building construction is faster and cost less, last longer, require less maintenance, and to top it off if you find yourself needing to meet the demands of more growth in the future they can be more easily expand upon than other building materials.

What Butterfly Valves Are and How They Work

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A butterfly valve otherwise known as quarter-turn valves, isolate and control the flow of a liquid. Most often used in water or waste treatment, especially in the field of agriculture, a ball valve , much like butterfly valves, also have the distinction of being one of the most common valve types on the market. Butterfly valves serve reliably even when a heavy-duty valve is required. These valves need very little maintenance and are extremely durable.

Butterfly valves are devices used for flow control, usually the flow of a fluid through a section of pipe. The butterfly valve operates similarly to an electric ball valve. A flat disc located at the pipe’s center has a rod running through it that connects to the actuator on the exterior of the valve. Turning the actuator rotates the plate to a position either perpendicular or parallel to the flow. The flow may be regulated more specifically through different disc rotations.

The “butterfly” is the metal disc mounted on the rod. When the valve is in the closed position, the disc is rotated to a position in which it totally blocks the passage of liquid. When the valve is open fully, the disc has been rotated one-quarter turn—90 degrees—allowing for nearly unrestricted passage. Flow may be incrementally regulated by various positions of the valve. This advantageous feature of butterfly valves makes them ideal for many industrial uses. The size of butterfly valves is one more of their advantages. Since they are lighter and smaller than other valve forms, they do not necessitate the large degree of supporting structure required for other valves, such as the electric ball valve.

The butterfly valve has a resilient seat, a body, a butterfly disk, packing, a stem, an actuator, and a notched positioning plate. When the resilient seat is mounted in the valve body, it is under compression and makes a seal around the edges of the disk and the lower and upper points where the stem runs through the seat. Packing provides a positive seal all around the stem for extra protection, should the seal made by the seat suffer damage.

Butterfly valves are available in different styles, such as high-performance and eccentric valves. Butterfly valves can be found on fire apparatus and large lines, such as tank to pump lines and rear and front suctions.

The design of the butterfly valve does give it a disadvantage, because unlike an electric ball valve, a portion of the disc will always be in contact with the liquid, regardless of whether it is in the open or closed position, and this causes a constant pressure switch regardless of the setting. Viscous or thick liquids also may slow the disc’s functional movement.

Though butterfly valves may be configured for electronic or manual operation, the most rapid is pneumatic control. The gearbox must receive a signal to both open and close an electric ball valve. However, an advantage to pneumatic operation lies in its flexibility, for it permits either double or single actuation. Single actuation requires a fail-safe, so that in the event of power loss, on a spring-loaded system, the valve will change to the closed position if open. So, a signal must be sent to open the valve initially. Double actuation valves need signals to both open and close the mechanism, because they are not spring-loaded.



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October 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm