By the time metal decking gets to a jobsite it has been put into bundles, banded together by steel straps, and moved on and off trucks with forklifts. So it should come as no surprise that the metal decking panels will have some dents and/or scratches. This is especially true of the bottom sheets of the bundles, they take the most impact with forklifts.
On occasion, a metal decking job is designed with inverted or reversed metal decking. When this happens it is important to understand what inverted or reversed metal decking is. Without the proper knowledge, you could easily make mistakes that take huge amounts of money to fix.
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Q decking is a term we continue to hear from customers year after year, which comes as a surprise since Q deck hasn’t been manufactured in over 20 years. So why then do we keep getting requests for Q deck if it no longer exists?
Welding is probably the most traditional method of fastening and attaching steel decking. It also happens to be the most difficult. But, it provides a strong connection, which is why it still gets specified on projects. So while puddle welding and seam welding metal deck may not be the easiest method, it isn’t going away anytime soon.
If you have never heard of a draft curtain, you are not alone. It isn’t a term that you hear too often, but draft curtains are very commonly installed in large warehouses and big box stores. You may have even seen them when you looked up in a large building. If you’re a subcontractor and find yourself working on warehouses and large commercial buildings, then you need to familiarize yourself with what draft curtains are.
As your business grows, you may be looking for a way to add more floor space. If you have a large warehouse with tall ceilings then a structural steel mezzanine may be a great option to do just that.
When you’re installing metal deck you need to make sure the concrete doesn’t pour out. For this, you’ll need to close off the ends. To do this, you’ll need to use the appropriate type of metal closure.
Are you preparing a bid and the design drawings call for acoustical metal decking? If so do not make the assumption that it is just standard metal decking.
While you’re working hard to price a job with metal deck on it, you are asked if it is roof or floor deck? You’re not an expert in metal deck, and you may not have even realized there was a difference. In looking deeper at the plans you discover that it is in fact roof deck. Now you need to learn whatever you can so that you price the job correctly and don’t lose money.