Believe it or not Brick wall is not the cheapest method for building construction?

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Believe it or not Brick wall is not the cheapest method for building construction?

“Wall panel is an alternative of wall system that you don’t know how is it work”

If you are the one who is involved with construction ecosystem such as developer, architect, turnkey, contractor or installer and you get the project assignment to do wall and partition so brick wall is the first choice which you are thinking of because it is lower cost than others. Of course it is truth once you figure out product price only, while brick is the cheapest materials for wall application but it can be wrong if you take another factors to calculate.

There are many factors that everybody in construction ecosystem should concern beside product price for instance construction time period, quality control, environmental issues or global trend, etc. Perhaps the result of total project cost of other wall systems after you pick them include may be lower than brick.

Wall Panel Benefits
Wall Panel Benefits

2 systems; Drywall and Wall panel, will be compared to brick wall then first of all, this column shall start from wall panel. The estimated methodology all figures by VALUE ENGINEERING (VE)

HOW TO & RESULT

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Advantage of Wall Panel
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Benefits Summary

Do not miss next columns, Drywall system will be compared to brick wall. Let’s find together which one is more valuable for your project!!!!

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Handling damp wall problem during rainy season

Handling the damp wall problem during rainy season
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Handling the damp wall problem during rainy season

Handling damp wall problem during rainy season

” Damp wall is one of the most common problems during rainy season. Though, it doesn’t bother you physically, but it makes the wall not looking its best. We can prevent such problem by understanding and choosing the right method for the building solution

During rainy season, the house owner will face problems such the toilet cannot be flushed and the water leak through the roof and other parts of the house. Also, damp wall is a very common problem causing the paint to peel off. Moreover, it allows fungus and lichen to grown along the wall too.

To prevent this problem, there are many methods but the house owner should understand the cause of the damp first. When it is raining, the amount of water in the soil increases. Some will leak through the concrete underground to the pillars, beams, and walls. Mostly found around the lower part of the house which is 1 meter above the ground and the house which its floor is lower than the surrounding or street level.

To explain, it is all because of the nature of the water; it flows downhill which applies to the soil level as well. Therefore, the soil under these houses will contain higher amount of water compared to the surrounding areas which located higher than these houses. Gypsum wall panels are therefore a good option for residential properties.

The reason why your wall get wet and damp
Water in the soil gets through the wall making it damped. (wall, beam, pillar)

 

There are two methods to prevent the damp wall problems as follows:

The first one is to reduce the water underneath the house which can be done by installing sub drain around the house. The sub drain should be installed quite deep under the ground level so that the water could flow to this rail then drain it out through the public drainage. 

The soil is dig to a trapezoid shape leveling the incline from the beginning to the end of the drain and has the Geotextile laid around the drain. After that, pour the construction stones then lay the drainage pipe which is porous at the top and sides.

Pour the construction stones again and cover it with the Geotextie sheet before filling the sand. The top part would be pebbles (with the mesh sheet under) or you could plant the grass to suit your liking. Think about long lasting wall board to keep it protected from rain.

How to protect your wall damp during rainy season

 
How to decorate your sub drain
Using pebbles and small plants to decorate the sub drain

 

Another way to solve the damp wall problem is to make the wall breathable. It is a way to evaporate the moisture out of the house focusing on the wall one meter above the ground. This, moisture resistance system building products should be your top priority.

There are many ways to do so, for example, using anti-condensation paints (moisture free property), using pebble wash /sand wash, as well as excavating the plaster until reaching the brick layer then install steel framing and clapboard siding afterwards (wire mesh should be installed in the back to prevent animals) or using the pre made lattice panels which have already been decorated to create dimensions to your house.

Brick wall cover with lattice panels and steel framing
Brick wall cover with lattice panels and steel framing

 

Reducing water in the soil under the house and making the wall breathable (especially 1 meter above the ground area) are the choices for the house owner to choose and apply for when they want to change up the whole ambiance of the house and to make it more beautiful; the model of the house could be the factor to consider which method to go for. Moreover, they help prevent the damp wall problems for the under construction house as well. 

 

 

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How It’s Made : Fiber Cement Board & Wood Plank

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SCG Fiber Cement Board - SCG Wood Plank

How It’s Made : Fiber Cement Board & Wood Plank

“There are many methods of fiber cement material production and with difference method, the final product come with different feature and specification such as durability, surface, flexibility, and usage. “

One of the most popular material which often replace a real wood is a “Fiber cement”. There are varieties of pattern and surface of fiber cement to choose out in a market. It seems to be similar but the way they are produce is different. It is Hatschek and X-TRUSION which give a different specification of product. Both methods use same materials, Portland cement, pure silica, and special cellulose fiber.

The Hatschek will use long fiber while X-TRUSION use a short fiber with an incubation technology of a high-pressure streamer (Autoclave) which reduce a moisture and increase a durability against a weather.

SCG Fiber Cement Board Materials
Both methods use the same main material

About the difference, Hatscheck is formed by a roll layer by layer until it gets a required thickness. It could be formed with a pattern and thickness as required. The maximum thickness is 25 mm. With a long fiber as a material, it could be bent.

The product from Hatscheck method will be a big 300×1000 cm square and could be cut as desired such as 120×300 cm, 120×240 cm (smart board), or similar to real wood at 10×300 cm, 15×300 cm (flooring wood). It comes with different thickness, 0.3, 1.2, 1.8, and 2.5 and if the color is required it will be painted in painting production.

How to install Fiber Cement Board in proper way
Example of finished product is cut as require such as smart board, flooring wood, batten
SCG Fiber Cement Sheet Application
SCG Fiber Cement Smart board from Hatscheck production could be install either straight or bended.
SCG Wood Plank Application
SCG flooring wood from Hatscheck production could be painted from a factory or with a primer to be painted later with desired color.

For “X-TRUSION”, it is a production via a mold to get a profile (A mold is similar to toothpaste tube hold and the material is a toothpaste which come out from the tube) Beside mentioned main material, there are additives which make many kinds of mold and unique patterns possible. Every product will have same consistency quality for width and thickness. The thickness will range from 10-100 mm, however the width could not be very wide (because the mold is needed). With a short fiber, the product is less flexible than product from Hatscheck method.

The example of the products is decoration wood which can do a split-level, and a flooring wood with a hold in a middle to reduce a weight with same durability. If compare flooring wood of both method with the same thickness, both of them can take the same weight. What is need to be consider is that X-TRUSION wood has holes in the middle, therefore a fine decoration at the rim is needed when install it. On contrary, Hatscheck wood rim could left undecorated.

SCG Wood Plank for decorative
SCG Modina Fiber cement decoration wood, X-TRUSION method with split-level make more dimension for a wall.
SCG Wood Plank for flooring
SCG flooring wood from X-TRUSION method give a consistency smooth floor without a gap or overlap, so no tripping over because every piece same size for both thickness and width

There are methods for produce a fiber cement material, so the product features will be difference according to the method. For the application of the fiber cement product, the appropriate of usage for suitable product need to be consider apart from stylish and preferable of it. The suitable structure also need to be prepare to fit a material in order to get a maximum weight capacity, safety and durability.

*Fiber cement wood is for decoration purpose only. A usage for structure is not recommended

for information/estimate material need of SCG fiber cement from specialists click here

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Can “Load Bearing Wall” install heavy stuff?

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Can Load Bearing Wall install heavy stuff by SCG

Can “Load Bearing Wall” install heavy stuff?

“Most of home owners usually worry about hanging heavy stuffs on wall like Television, picture frame, air conditioner or shelf, especially when they decide to use wall bearing such as dry wall, wall panel and fulfill wall. ” 

Undeniably every house has to drill the wall for hanging or installing electrical machines that have got heavy weight, unfortunately, they are often broken after finished installing caused from falling problem. In fact, this damage occurs from using wrong accessories and incorrect installation. Expansion Bolt is the most important accessory to support the weight of hanging load.

Expansion bolt has many sizes and several types so different wall solution needs different expansion bolt model. For accurate installation, size of electrical drill bit that you choose has to be equal to or a bit smaller than bolt size and you have to remind that a careful usage of bolt when working on process because damaged bolt impacts to strength of installation and load bearing.

How to select expansion bolt to match kind of wall and usability?

  1. 1.Plastic expansion bolt: 

    – Brick and mortar wall, concrete wall
    – Light weight load bearing

  2. hanging heavy stuffs on wall like Television - Plastic expansion bolt

2. Butterfly-wing plastic expansion bolt with screw:

  • – Load bearing wall e.g. Drywall
    – Size PT-13
    – Maximum hanging weight 80 kg per point

hanging heavy stuffs on wall -Butterfly-wing plastic expansion bolt with screw

3. FMD special design steel expansion bolt that made from thin and sharp metal:

3.1) Light density wall like Wall Panel, Fulfill wall
3.2) There are 2 sizes up to thickness of wall
– FMD 6×32 –> Maximum hanging weight 20 kg per point
– FMD 8×38 –>Maximum hanging weight 50 kg per point

hanging heavy stuffs on wall -FMD special design steel expansion bolt that made from thin and sharp metal

Load bearing bolt comparison

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Answered: 5 Drywall Installation FAQs

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Answered: 5 Drywall Installation FAQs

The construction industry is witnessing a boom, and drywall installation is an integral part of this change. Drywall installation and purchase is nothing less than an investment for a homeowner as it lasts longer than brick and mortar construction.

Though everyone knows drywalls are the new age construction material that forms a robust foundation of any structure, many doubts keep people away from opting for this versatile product. We at SCG Smart Build take pride in being one of the most trusted drywall manufacturers and often come across many questions that cloud the mind of our prospective customers including architects and contractors.

So, here are the answers to five of the most common questions that we come across about drywalls and everything around them.

Are Drywalls as Durable as Brick Walls?

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This is one of the most common questions asked by architects and contractors who are new to the business. The truth is that drywall panels are much durable than a regular brick and mortar construction. Not only are they resistant to the heat but also prevent termite attack, do not get chipped, have a superior weather-resistant property while being moisture-resistant.  

In a nutshell, drywalls are reliable, robust and typically last for a lifetime – unless subjected to alteration and abuse.

They are Pricy, Why Would Anyone Want It?

When compared to a brick and mortar construction, drywalls last much longer. With the capability of lasting the life of the construction, drywalls easily payback the price that was initially invested at the beginning of the construction. A longer lifespan and robust nature mean the occupants won’t have to spend in frequent repairs that can cost heavy on the pocket.

Furthermore, the best thing about drywalls is that the overall construction time is 6-8 times faster than brick and mortar walls. Thus, lowering down the total cost of the panels. With construction happening at a faster rate, the labor cost decreases while there is no delay in the delivery of the project.

Will It Protect the Construction from Termite Attack?

Termite attack in homes and other facilities is common in countries like India. These tiny creatures destroy the entire wood construction from inside while making it hollow over time. Drywall installation protects the facility from termites while making the interior look appealing. Thus, keeping homes safe for decades to come.

Is It as Weather-Friendly as Brick Walls?

The truth is that drywalls exhibit more weather-friendly qualities than regular brick walls. As architects and contractors, you all know that every project has a different construction need to complete it successfully, they all must be addressed accordingly. However, weather friendliness of building material is one such feature that can prove to be advantageous for all commercial projects.

Tropical areas experience hot and humid weather all year round and can easily benefit from the weather-friendly feature of drywall. With drywall installation, walls will no longer be prone to moisture while incurring low maintenance costs.

The Labor Cost Will Go High, Wouldn’t It?

Drywall Construction by SCG Cement board - Solution

What if we tell you that construction happens six times faster with drywalls than brick and mortar? Yes, that’s right! With construction happening at a faster rate the labour cost (saves up to 25-40% cost) automatically goes down. We recommend all the architects and contractors to choose drywalls for their next construction as it not just faster than its counterpart but also saves scarce natural resources like water.

Let’s take an example here; if it takes around a year for a structure to finish using brick and mortar, it will take about three months for the same construction to finish using drywalls.

These are five of the most commonly asked questions related to the durability and working of drywalls. We will keep adding questions as and when we come across and find them relevant for the contractors and architects. In the meanwhile, you can explore our website for drywall installation and product information.

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The Importance of Hiring a Professional for Fiber Cement Board Installation

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Hiring a Professional for Fiber Cement Board Installation

The Importance of Hiring a Professional for Fiber Cement Board Installation

“Fiber Cement Board Installation calls for a lot of precision and professionalism – hence hiring professionals for the installation makes complete sense”

Construction industry around the globe is changing and is adopting leaner and efficient materials, processes and practices. New technology is leading a massive shift and construction today is faster, and sturdier than ever.

Fiber cement boards are quickly becoming the gold standard of construction material. More and more contractors and architects are adopting fiber cement boards because of their numerous benefits. Since it is a considerably new technology, professionals can best install fiber cement boards. They are equipped with proper training and know the product thoroughly.

Hiring professionals for fiber cement board installation is often overlooked, but it is an integral part of the construction process.

Let’s see the importance of hiring a professional for fiber cement board installation:

1. Superior Results

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One of the biggest reasons to hire a professional for fiber cement board installation is the final result. A professional contractor will ensure that the finishing is seamless, and the results are worth the money spent. The final results typically have a smooth finish, and everything is precisely aligned as in the floor layout. A professional will focus on perfection, instead of just getting the job done.

2. Faster Construction

Even though fiber cement board installation is a much quicker construction process than the traditional brick and mortar construction – not hiring a professional can delay the process. There is no doubt that fiber cement board installation requires less labor. However, it is one of the most labor-intensive tasks. Hiring a professional for fiber cement sheet installation is essential as there will be fewer errors and the entire task will be quicker.

3. Skills and Tools

SCG Fiber cement sheet

Professionals are called so because of a reason. They are well-equipped with the tools and techniques required to carry out intensive processes. Even though installing fiber cement sheets is a straightforward task – the underlying intricacies can be confusing for rookies – hence it is important to hire professionals for this job. These professionals will have the right tools such as a T-square, sanding papers, correct nuts and bolts and such.

4. Choosing the Material

Fiber cement boards are available in many distinct materials suitable for different purposes. A professional knows the use of each of the material and will work accordingly for a defined purpose. Our fiber cement sheets make up for functional use in bathrooms and kitchens because of their waterproof capabilities, while others are good for exterior use. These boards are certified by JIS Standard A5420. It is best to leave the decision to the professional, simply because they know better.

5. Maintenance and Service

Another vital factor to consider is the maintenance and service. Even though fiber cement sheets hardly require any maintenance – when they do, it is probably a good idea for a professional to look over. Hiring a professional in the first place will ensure that they know what went around during the construction. Getting the job done from a professional will cut down maintenance since the installation would be flawless. Not only this, a professional fiber cement board installation will be carried out with precision, and there will be no room for errors. The post-construction cleanup will be taken care of by the professional.

There is no doubt that the construction industry is undergoing a shift and is leaning towards the use of drywalls and fiber cement boards. Not only is the construction faster, but these materials are durable and eco-friendly. We at SCG Smart Build, are pioneers in the drywall and fiber cement board segment. Our products are technologically superior and certified from the leading organizations around the world after stringent tests. No matter what your requirement is, we deliver the best in the business.

Also get info about Drywall Installation mistakes: 5 Most Common Drywall Installation Mistakes

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5 Most Common Drywall Installation Mistakes

5 Most Common Drywall Installation Mistakes
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5 Most Common Drywall Installation Mistakes

5 Most Common Drywall Installation Mistakes

Drywall is quickly gaining traction in the construction industry across the world. It is the preferred choice of building material for architects and contractors. With the advent of new technology, today construction is faster and much more robust that it was a few decades ago.

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Computer-aided design and new building materials such as drywall and fiber cement board are enabling the new dawn in the construction sector. Drywall installation is easy and not messy like brick and mortar construction. However, there are more than a few misconceptions and mistakes that both installers and contractors make during drywall installation. Let’s address them through this article.

  1. Over Screwing the Drywall

It often happens that the screws or nails are driven too deep that they break in the surface. It might not look like a problem initially, but over screwing leads to broken paper face which makes the nail lose its holding power. The solution here is to drive the screw head just enough to the surface. SCG Self-Drilling Wing Screw helps in regulating the depth of the screw during drywall installation. Remember to use SCG screws and avoid oversized third-party screws for best results.

Another thing to notice here is that if the paper surface is actually punctured – leave it as it and drive another screw near the previous one.

  1. Over Sanding the Drywall Surface

Yes, aesthetics matter in all construction projects; however, over sanding the surface of drywall to achieve perfect smoothness is unwarranted as it can damage the surface of the seam. The idea here is to go ahead with the sanding process judiciously and not be too aggressive. A smooth surface will improve the paint finish by miles. Installing a light at the bottom of the wall will help in achieving results that are smooth.

  1. Drywall Joints are Too Tight

Overtightening the drywall joints can be an invitation to huge problems. For two adjacent sheets of drywall that are aligned side-by-side, overtightening the joints between them can lead to breaking. The idea here is to allow some room for expansion and contraction of the frames during drywall installation. Typically, keep at least 1/8” of space between the sheets or head over to our knowledge centre and check out the installation manual to know about the perfect practices for drywall installation.

  1. Misaligning Holes for Electrical Boxes

It is no doubt that cutting a perfect hole in drywall can be tricky; however, a professional is equipped with tools and experience to make the correct measurements. For a flawless finish, a professional will typically use a ‘Blind Mark,’ – a tool that is used for perfect cutouts. Instead of manually doing it with markings, cutters and what not – a tool like Blind Mark will ensure precision.

  1. Checking the Fit Before Fastening Screws

Drywall Installation

Even after having the perfect cutouts for electrical boxes it is necessary to ensure that the fit is perfect. If the fit is not accurate, drywall can break or create unnecessary tension on the surface. Hence, it is necessary to check the fit of electrical boxes before pressing and fastening the drywall to its position.

Drywall installation should be done carefully to ensure the best fit and finish. Application of tape is also necessary before painting and texturing to ensure that finishing touches are up to mark. Furthermore, covering the crevices with joint compound is also critical, and only a professional knows how to use it the best.

The era of construction is changing, and drywall is quickly becoming the choice of building material. However, since it is a new technology, it becomes more important to know the basics of installation to get it right. We at SCG Smart Build, offer the best drywall solutions for numerous applications to suit all needs. Contact us, if you or your contractor has any questions regarding drywall installation and we will be happy to address them.

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