The Advantages of Using Aluminum as a Building Material

A building's canopy, made partly out of aluminumIf you’re in the planning stages of a major construction project or will be in the near future, you’re likely considering what materials to use. Depending on the type of project, one material you be mulling over is aluminum.

Aluminum is a versatile material that comes with a lot of benefits. Here’s why you should consider using it for your construction project:

It’s Resistant to Corrosion

One of the biggest advantages to using aluminum is that it naturally generates a protective coating, making it resistant to corrosion. When an oxidizing agent comes into contact with the aluminum, the thin coat is formed. This layer helps prevent corrosion such as rust. Surface treatments can further enhance the corrosions resistance.

It’s Lightweight

The weight per square inch of aluminum is about one-third of that of steel. This has a few benefits, including making the material both cheaper and easier to transport. Yet, it’s a fairly strong material. And that strength can be enhanced by using various alloying elements. Everyone wants to be as efficient as possible with spending during a construction project and using aluminum as a material will help you do just that!

Other Benefits

Despite being thin and lightweight, aluminum is still impermeable so don’t expect it to be damaged easily. Additionally, it doesn’t give off any specific odor, it’s non-toxic, and can be used for a variety of purposes. It’s also a 100% recyclable material that retains its original properties during the recycling process. Generally, it’s cheaper to use recycled aluminum rather than metal fresh out of the ground.

If you’re in the process of planning a construction project that may require the use of aluminum, Walker Design and Construction Co. can be of service. We manufacture aluminum sheet, foil, and plate that can be used to build many different structures, including canopies, trellises, awnings, sunshades, and more. We can even sit down with you to map out a plan before the work actually begins and then use our aluminum services to deliver you a quality product. Call us today at 561-247-7477  to learn more about our services!

The Benefits of Using a Full-Service General Contractor

A circular building being constructed with cranesIf your company is building a new commercial structure or doing major renovations or additions to an existing structure, the construction process can be a long and stressful one, full of potential pitfalls.

Before you can even begin the process, you must outsource some of the work in all likelihood. That includes design work, construction, and basically everything that takes you from the current state of affairs to the moment the new space is fully finished and able to be used. In this situation, it’s so important to hire a full-service, licensed general contractor. Here’s what they’ll do for you:

Gets Everyone on the Same Page

No matter what kind of commercial development you’re planning, you’ll want the process to be completed as quickly and for as low a cost as possible, without sacrificing quality. Any issues or mistakes caused by a lack of communication will slow you down and cost you more. As a project owner, any miscommunications between contractors will fall on you. And getting updates from so many different people will be difficult and confusing. A full-service general contractor will ensure that you have one point of contact, who will keep you apprised of any updates and will handle communication between sub-contractors.

Oversee Everything

When it comes to a major construction project on your company’s new space, the amount of people to hire and the many phases of the project can be overwhelming. A full-service general contractor will manage everything so that the transitions from the idea phase to design to hiring subcontractors to managing the construction process to the opening of your new facility all go smoothly. Much easier than managing several different contractors on your own.

Greater Quality Control

Depending on what type of business you run, you may have no idea where to start when it comes to hiring a bunch of different reliable contractors. And there are so many needed to get your from start to finish: architects, interior designers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, construction crews, and more. A full-service general contract will handle brining in sub-contractors, and they’ll know how to choose firms that do quality work.

If you’re planning a commercial development project, you need an experienced full-service general contractor on your side. Walker Design & Construction Co. specializes in doing commercial development and design-build construction in South Florida and all over the state. We’ll guide you through both the planning and execution stages of your project. Call us today at 561-247-7477  to learn more.

Benefits to Installing a Commercial Re-roof System

A worker installs a metal commercial roofWhen you own a business, there are so many things you have on your mind at any given time. There are customers to deal with, employees to manage, unexpected obstacles that pop up from time to time. The last thing you want to worry about is your roof.

A roof is instrumental to your business functioning as it should, but you may not realize that until the roof isn’t fulfilling its designed purpose. If you’re in that situation, you should consider a commercial re-roof system. Here are a few reasons why:

It Will Solve Your Issues

The main function of a roof is to keep the elements outside. In most cases, that means rain. When a roof starts to age or incurs damage of some kind, it will start to become less functional. This can lead to water leaking into your place of business, which is obviously a major issue. A commercial re-roof system will make your roof weathertight once again.

It’s More Affordable

If and when you do start having issues with leaking water or something of that nature, you may think it’s time for a new roof entirely. But that can be an expensive proposition and every dollar counts when you’re running a business. Instead of ripping off your old roof and putting in a new one, a commercial re-roofing system will build the new roof on top of the old one. This will save you significant money, while also solving whatever problems were occurring with the old roof.

It Won’t Disrupt Your Business as Much

The traditional process of removing an old roof and installing a new one can cause major interruption to business operations. It can be difficult to conduct business of any kind while there’s also major construction going on. Plus, it may not be safe to have employees and customers in the building during the stage when the roof is being removed. But the commercial re-roofing process is much smoother and quicker, allowing for minimal interruptions.

If you own a commercial building that is in need of a new roof, consider a commercial re-roofing system from Walker Design and Construction. Out Florida-based business can offer you a number of different roofing colors and styles. Give us a call at (561)247-7477 to get the process started.