cladding Tag

Corrugated Steel Peak Audio

05 Dec Peak Audio |cladding choices

What is your home clad with? When you look around, you'll notice many different cladding materials. Home owners traditionally made choices according to their budget, style and what was available. 'Shakes' wood shingle cladding is prevalent on buildings in North America constructed throughout the 19th century. Shingle cladding has stood the test of time and is still commonly used today. 'Vinyl' siding became popular in 1950's, largely due to its durability, versatility and ease of maintenance. Vinyl siding does not stand well with 'green and environmentally friendly' building practises. 'Cape Cod Siding' an MRB favorite. A product we often choose. Not only for its strength, durability and low maintenance qualities, but largely for its controlled production with craftsmanship of yesteryear, architectural profiles, and contemporary look. And then there's 'Corrugated Steel'. A lightweight, easily transportable building material composed of hot dipped galvanised steel. Commonly used in early construction in countries such as Australia where a corrugated steel roof is as common as 'Budgie smugglers on Bondi Beach!' An awesome example of this 'eco-responsible' green building material application is on Scotties job site at Peak Audio. ...

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08 Jul Walnut Street | renovation

Steevo and his team have started out on a new project. It will be exciting to watch progress on this renovation as the team work methodically through the home. Out with the old and in with the new. Owners will be looking forward to a new bathroom, replacement of flooring throughout the home, and fantastic updates to the kitchen. On the exterior this lovely home will retain all of it's charm with replacement of the porch on the front. While the back of the home will get quite a makeover, Cape Cod siding, new deck and entryway. ...

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03 Jul Black Point |progress

Scottie and his team have really kept the ball rolling on this 'dream job site'. Already it's easy to imagine basking in the afternoon sun and soaking in the serenity. Windows and doors have been installed. The walls are strapped in anticipation of cladding, and decks are awaiting decking. A metal roof was choice for this build. As well as offering owners low/no future maintenance as it is extremely durable through cold winter temperatures, metal roofing ticks boxes with green building practises too. It is comprised of a high percentage of recycled materials AND 100% recyclable.  ...

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01 Jul Clifton St | progress

Clifton St is a beehive of activity. The 'building' part is over, and the 'finishing' has began. Attention to detail is paramount and Smitty and the team draw on the finer skills of their craft with each task at hand. Corey is finishing the gorgeous contrast cedar cladding on the exterior entranceway. Inside, drywall is being hung. Not only does this enclose the structural bones of the building, but drywall also assists to increase the R-value of the finished home. Stay tuned for updates as the team lead this building down the final stretch for home! HAPPY CANADA DAY. ...

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07 Mar Clifton st | Vaproshield

With the framing complete at Clifton Street  the next stage was wrap the entire building tightly in Wrapshield, a Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Membrane construction by Vaproshield . Along with its energy saving and cost reducing benefits for the life of the building , Vaproshield boasts 'All Climate Construction'. Just as well!- as the team bravely continue work outdoors through ongoing Halifax wintry weather and sub zero temperatures. The team have added strapping around the exterior of the building in readiness for cladding. Windows are temporarily covered to allow access for sub trades to make a start. Plumbers have roughed in, and electricians were on site yesterday. Full steam ahead and bring on spring! ...

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MRB Contracting, Shoebox, Kingsburg, cladding, siding

23 Jul The importance of proper rain screening

What's a rain screen? Here's the Wiki definition: ..the rainscreen is the first interruption between conditions that exist on the outside of a walled building and conditions that are required on the inside of a walled building. [caption id="attachment_2577" align="aligncenter" width="510"] VentGrid rain screen provides a 1/2" air space between the moisture barrier and cladding.[/caption] Weather in the Maritimes is of often characterized by driving rain and gale force winds. Keeping water from entering behind exterior walls is practically impossible. Proper rain screening allows both drainage and air flow -ensuring that water drains and dries. We use various forms of rain screen depending on the cladding program. Below is an interesting abbreviated history of previous technology solutions that failed. Our friends over at Keel Agencies originally posted this article written by Dan Morrison for Builder Magazine. [caption id="attachment_2211" align="aligncenter" width="478"] 5/4" pressure treated strapping provides over an 1" of air space.[/caption] 1930s Paint peels off walls after wall cavities are filled with a new product — insulation. Because walls do not dry evenly in an insulated wall, moisture pushed its way outward. Result: Paint peeled off in sheets, first “insulation is evil" cries break the airwaves. Solution: vapor retarders, like kraft-faced insulation 1970s Vapor retarders graduate to...

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MRB Contracting, halifax nova scotia, contractor, builder,

23 May Ironstone update

It's been a while since our last Ironstone update. Lot's of work has happened inside, primarily insulation, electric and plumbing. Among the new changes out back are a new concrete drive shared between our office and the Ironstone home. On the office corner we created a form to cast our logo into the drive. [caption id="attachment_2662" align="aligncenter" width="510"] We chose to fence-in the back patio with plywood installed in a horizontal tile style. The plywood was treated with Lifetime to protect it from the elements. In a few weeks all of the ply will fade to an even gray.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2665" align="aligncenter" width="510"] The stairs and railings upstairs will also feature ply cladding.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2663" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Cool hardware. Below that colar is a long stainless steel pipe that goes down to the frostline.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2666" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Geometric lines accent a beautiful old tree.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2668" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Scott is decking the top floor on a sunny day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2669" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Here Angus is installing the stair risers and treads.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2670" align="aligncenter" width="478"] The boss pressure washing the concrete to prep it for sealing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2660" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Meanwhile, in the wood shop, Tom is working away on a special project.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2667" align="aligncenter" width="510"] In the office,...

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MRB Contracting, modern architecture, kingsburg nova scotia, beach house

04 Apr When metal meets wood

A few weeks ago we gave you a sneak peak of the cladding on Kingsburg 2. The design called for a natural horizontal wood siding for the main house, and white corrugated metal for the bunkhouse. To bridge the gap between the two, the architect added recesses and bump-outs to the main house and incorporated the white metal detail. The windows have a natural galvanized finish detail. You may wonder why the roof line looks unfinished. That's because the metal drip cap has yet to be installed. Keep checking in for our full completed portfolio of Kingsburg 2. ...

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