Construction Today

October 16 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Construction today is much different than in previous decades.  Each year building codes change to reflect the substantial impact building materials have.  Many factors affect building methods.  The availability of raw materials also affects how and where we build.  If what is commonly known as #1 lumber becomes scarce in a particular region of our country, that could mean a change in fasteners used to provide the same end result.  In our local region, this type of lumber is difficult to find and afford.  The trees that premium lumber comes from and methods of acquisition are becoming more and more difficult to obtain and this can drive the price up.  If the price becomes too high, that particular products' demand decreases and that in turn will cause an even higher increase as transportation routes become strained or in some cases, unavailable.  Our economy and the ability to obtain the funds needed to build a project also drives the supply/demand demographic.  If the banks won't lend, or lend enough for a particular construction project for an area, then demand for some products decreases or becomes seemingly non-existent as suppliers are strained to sell their products and services.

HW ENTERPRISES, INC. is still offering premium building products and services.  We are still building, utilizing affordable materials and working with the local principalities to provide a quality construction project without sacrificing integrity.  Call us today at 757-595-4562.     

What do you do when an anchor bolt breaks free from the grout?

August 12 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Anchor bolts are extremely important fastener that holds a sill plate to the foundation by being grouted into a CMU.  The entire building is anchored to the foundation with these fasteners.  What happens if the grouted CMU cell cracks or the bolts crack the grout around them during the installation of the mudsill?  Drill a 2" hole near the location of the loose bolt and fill with masonry cement to secure the bolt.  Don't ignore foundation cracks, they can compromise more than just the block!!

Something awesome about concrete

July 8 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Cement is the substance that holds together the other substances used to make concrete, shale and limestone.  Concrete however has a huge carbon footprint causing the release of an enormous amount of CO2.  Concrete is responsible for 7% of greenhouse emissions.  There is good news though.  A new type of cement has been developed that traps the CO2 inside forever.  The advantage to this is that CO2 gives concrete it's strength, so by trapping it inside increases the strength of the concrete.  This new cement also converts the CO2 into a mineral decreasing health concerns.  The construction industry as a whole evolves each day as research continues to move the products themselves forward.

If you are in need of a new home, garage or accessory building, call HW ENTERPRISES, INC.  We have built responsibly for over 63 years.  We provide the best quality labor and materials available.  Call 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927.