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What Is a Hollow-Core Slab?

April 19, 2018 4:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At Benchmark Fabricated Steel, one of the specialty steel products in Indiana that we make for our steel construction clients is hollow-core slabs. Also occasionally referred to as hollow-core planks, voided slabs or concrete planks, these are precast slabs of pre-stressed concrete that are commonly used in building floors for multi-story apartment buildings and condominiums. While this sort of material can be used in just about any environment, it is especially popular in countries where there has been a major emphasis on precast concrete for purposes of home construction, including countries in Northern Europe and some of Eastern Europe’s former... View Article


The Advantages of Structural Steel Construction in Indiana

April 5, 2018 11:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While you might associate structural steel frame construction with skyscrapers and massive garages or agricultural buildings, the truth is that structural steel construction is extremely versatile. In fact, there are many reasons why it is an extremely attractive building option for a wide variety of products, including its affordability, the durability it provides buildings and the sustainability it offers a construction site. Here are just a few of the main benefits that make structural steel construction in Indiana a worthwhile option for all builders in the state to investigate. Faster project completion These days, building clients want their projects to... View Article


The Perks of Metal Roofing

March 22, 2018 11:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you considering using metal roofing for your commercial building? If so, it’s important you collect as much knowledge about metal roofing as possible before you make your final decision. Roofing in general is a big investment for your property, so you should take some time to carefully weigh the pros and cons of metal versus other types of roofing materials, such as wood, tile and asphalt. With this in mind, here are some of the perks of using metal roofing and other specialty steel products in Indiana for your project: Weight: Tile and concrete are extremely heavy, coming in... View Article


The Perks of Conceptual Estimating

March 7, 2018 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Conceptual estimation is a process that insures a more exact estimation by first starting with a broad estimate based on the difficulty or feasibility of a project. Then, that estimate is refined through a well-designed process to come into line with the specific design and construction requirements for the project as they are developed. Conceptual estimating in Indiana provides a far more accurate estimate, and it is a process that refines itself overtime, as a company’s estimation procedures are further standardized, and as its estimation database is expanded. We’ll explain all that and more in this blog about the perks... View Article


How to Maintain Metal Roofing

February 21, 2018 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As far as roofing materials go for commercial buildings, metal roofing systems provide an incredible bang-for-your-buck factor; they’re highly reliable and stand up to wear and tear better than just about any material out there, meaning they also require relatively little maintenance or upkeep, especially compared to other roofing systems. With just a little care, you can have a metal roof that lasts the whole life of your business. In this post, we’ve collected some tips for maintaining metal roofing, which come from our 47 years of experience as providers of specialty steel products in Indiana. Regular maintenance tasks Regular... View Article