When most people think of using concrete in construction, most often foundations and sometimes walls come to mind. And for good reason. After all, for a long time, concrete was thought of as a material that was too heavy for overhead structures such as roofs, while wood and metals were thought to be a better choice since it was lighter and less expensive.
Over the past few years, however, not only have materials evolved, but thinking has changed over what is best for these purposes. It has changed so much, in fact, that concrete has become a go-to for its unique ability to provide a solid, stable, yet affordable roof. Simply put, a concrete roof is easy to install thanks in great part to the use of B decking as a substructure.
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Not Just Any Metal Will Do
Just as is the case with any building material, considerable consideration must be paid to any material used in construction. This is true because not only does strength and durability matter when it comes to construction materials, but so does cost-effectiveness and other factors.
Putting all of these factors into consideration, it’s not hard to understand how concrete could become a major product for roofing. Years of research and development have produced numerous studies that have shown that the right metals designed in the right ways can be used effectively as a support structure for concrete roofing.
In terms of roofing, corrugated metal B decking has been proven to provide an excellent basis as a concrete surface, whether it be a roof, floor, or anything else. Much depends on the type of metal as well as the depth of the corrugated surface, since not every metal—even corrugated metal--can withstand the weight of concrete. It’s for this reason that a wide variety of weights and corrugated surfaces are available.
If B Decking was just another alternative to a building material it probably wouldn’t be causing nearly the storm that it is. In fact, with B Decking, users have taken the lead in the development of several highly creative applications of the material to solve all kinds of complex problems as well as to take advantage of many opportunities. One such user recently turned to B Decking to form an acoustic surface for a building that was found to be significantly less expensive to use as a basis compared with other materials.
Regardless of the building project under consideration, it must be assumed that there will be unique challenges involved. This is, of course, true of almost any project. What is truly unique about B Decking, however, is how it is able to meet the unique demands of so many different complicated situations. This includes such things as humidity, temperature, lack of maintenance on prior structures, and much more. Fortunately, B Decking has risen to the occasion on many projects to not only fill a technical and aesthetic need, but it has met more than one economic requirement on a variety of projects around the world.