Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Introducing All-New Ram Board Plus

We're excited to introduce a new product to our line, Ram Board Plus. Ram Board Plus features an adhesive strip that allows extremely quick and easy installation for indoor and outdoor settings. Installation time can be cut by as much as 40%, all while providing the tough and cost-effective protection RamBoard has always been known for.

The added tape is extremely helpful for applying Ram Board to countertops, walls, and other non-floor surfaces. So far, the limited feedback we have received is very positive, due to its ease of application. A local Central Oregon builder told us the built-in adhesive will make install far easier on his project's countertops.

Ram Board Plus is offered in the same size as standard Ram Board, 38" x 100 ft, and is sold for $68.99/roll. Visit our website www.buildsitepro.com or email us at sales@buildsitepro.com to receive product samples or to learn more about floor protection.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Doors, Jambs, and Thresholds - Keep These Damage-Prone Finishes Spotless With A Surface Protection System

Whether it be home improvement, remodel, or ground-up construction, come the finish stages of the project, doors, jambs, and thresholds all experience lots of use. Workers and materials are constantly passing through doorways, leaving expensive and difficult to repair finishes exposed to damage. Even supplies as small as extension cords can scuff and damage hardwood door jambs. Boots, carts, and tools are passing over thresholds, which take heaps of use before any project is completed. Though doors are hung very late in the building process, fixing any damage to them is a tremendously costly and difficult process.

DoorGuard, Ram Jamb, and UV Threshold Tape. Three affordable items are all it takes to prevent any frustrating damage to interior and exterior entryways.

After framing and flooring work, thresholds are one of the first finish pieces installed. As such, they're at risk of extensive damage, because they experience so much use, even when a door hasn't been installed. Thresholds can quickly be covered to keep them damage-free. UV Threshold Tape is the industry standard for threshold protection. Thick, strong, and UV-resistant, UV Threshold tape can keep a threshold or trim safe for 180 days. See below for a comprehensive overview of UV Threshold Tape.

With thresholds covered, jambs are the next most likely to be damaged among this group. Fortunately, protecting a jamb is the quickest and easiest of all. Using RamJamb, a reusable cover can be snapped around any sized jamb in seconds. RamJamb holds itself in place by it's own shape (no adhesives), and as such is can be used indefinitely.

Finally, DoorGuard is a BC-flute board cover that provides a temporary barrier against dust and debris damage to hung doors. DoorGuard quickly attaches with tailored elastic bands, and allow the door to remain in use while DoorGuard is installed. Affordable, and attached in less than thirty seconds, DoorGuard is a great way to prevent any door-related headaches during the building process.

With three quick steps, an entire entryway can be comprehensively protected from damage. These three products are among our bestsellers, and local builders have regularly been using them for years. To learn more about any of these surface protection solutions, visit our website www.buildsitepro.com

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fight Jobsite Dust With ZipWall

Construction projects can be a messy thing. Exposure to the elements, foot traffic, tool use, and proximity to unpaved roads and driveways all generate huge amounts of dust and debris. Homebuyers  and homeowners can often be taken aback by all of the dirty clutter when checking the progress of their projects. While a construction project will never be spotless, it doesn't have to be messy, either.

ZipWall is the industry standard for Dust Containment
Using ZipWall's systems of poles, zippers, and temporary doors, jobsite dust can be nearly eliminated. Ideal for office and residential settings, local homebuilders regularly stop in to pick up ZipWall products due to their effectiveness and their ease of use. The Zip-poles have a spring loaded quick telescoping system to easily expand to the height or a ceiling. Temporary doors use mild adhesive tape to stay in place, and the zippers quickly attach to plastic sheeting with an adhesive backing. ZipWall makes using plastic sheeting to control dust extremely quick and hassle-free.

In addition to ZipWall, we carry an extensive line of dust control solutions. Shoe covers, walk-off mats, vent covers, negative air machines, and more can be found on our website. To learn more about ZipWall, or any other Dust Control products, email us at sales@buildsitepro.com, call us at 541-633-7793, or visit our website www.buildsitepro.com

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Living Building Challenge - The Forefront Of Green Building Is Here In Bend

A new home in Bend, Oregon - where we're located - has officially been the first single family home in the country to meet the rigorous Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards. Going far beyond LEED Platinum, the LBC standards are effectively the gold standards of green building.

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a set of rigorous standards designed to be at the forefront of technology and green building innovation. The LBC has been set up to push development of these building technologies in the hope that they will become mainstream and cost-effective in the near future. Whereas LEED standards attempt to slowly bring mainstream buildings towards a greener composition, LBC attempts to dramatically push innovation for a very small number of structures, becoming an exercises in envelope-pushing engineering, architecture, and design.

This house - named Desert Rain - must be a net producer of energy and water, and cannot rely on any outside sewer services. Using solar and rainwater collection, the structure is completely self sustaining, without any impact on the environment. "Greywater" from showers and sinks is naturally filtered under the house without the use of chemicals, essentially using natural permeation to clean and recycle water. To cut down on the impact of material transport, all materials must come from within 1,500 miles, one-third of which must originate from within 300 miles of the structure. Stucco and interior walls were made from a local combination of sand, lime, and clay, avoiding drywall and other manufactured products.

As one would expect, the unorthodox building process for this 5,000 sqft house did come at a high price. Totalling $3.48 million, Desert Rain boasts a $638/sqft cost. For now, Desert Rain exists as an monument of what is possible, and what will become the new normal decades from now. To learn more about the Desert Rain project, check out OPB's website here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

We've Updated & Improved Our Carpet, Floor, and Countertop Films

Drawing upon years of feedback from builders, commercial and residential alike, we have worked with a new manufacturer to improve our popular line of films. The new films feature an adhesive that initially sticks better than the old formulation, and also peels easily and more cleanly after the film has been used.

Prices for the new and improved film have remained unchanged, though sizing is a bit different. Visit the films page of our website to see the new films. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of our products, email us at sales@buildsitepro.com, or call us at 541-633-7793.

Friday, January 13, 2017

We're Excited To Be Involved With the Wilshire Grand Hotel Project In L.A.

Wilshire Grand Topping Out

We're excited to be provided our UV Threshold Tape to Turner Construction's Wilshire Grand Hotel project, in downtown Los Angeles. Set to be complteted in March, this will be the tallest American building west of Chicago. Standing at 1,099, it will surpass the U.S. Bank tower by 81 feet.

It's always fun to be involved in the construction of a remarkable building, and we look forward to seeing it next time we're working down in Los Angeles.

To learn more about UV Threshold Tape, or any other product we offer, please visit www.buildsitepro.com or email us at sales@buildsitepro.com.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017's Construction Forecast Looks Encouraging

New year, new project starts. A lot of new project starts. Construction projects are expected to increase 5% in 2017, which is a welcome development as 2016's new starts lagged sorely behind expectations - a measly 1% increase was seen in 2016.

Dodge Data & Analytics also expects to see large gains in single family homebuilding, commercial development, and institutional building. Unfortunately, multifamily development is expected to stagnate, as will utilities construction.

Interestingly, both 2015's and 2016's totals were skewed by only a handful of massive projects that kicked off in 2015, effectively acting as enormous outliers and altering both years. 2017 is expected to be far more "normal" in the sense that totals will not be skewed by a few projects (such as 2015's $9 billion natural gas terminal project in Texas). This is also in part responsible for the decline in energy/utilities related building expected this year. 2015's enormous projects are coming on-line, thus driving down the need for new construction in those industries.

While none of the new projects announced this year will need our products and services for some time, we remain excited about the positive prospects that 2017's project starts may bring. Here's to a great 2017!