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Three Benefits Of Testing Your Construction Materials BEFORE You Build

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A lot of contractors generally assume that the materials they use to build their customers' homes or buildings will be fine. None of them ever think that a steel beam could fail, or that wood flooring is rotting before it is ever installed. There are a lot of things that could go wrong with all of your materials, which is why it is so important to test them before you begin a project. Here are four benefits of materials testing you really should consider before your next construction project gets underway.

Detection of Defects

Not all defects are detected by the naked eye. Many of them are hiding inside your materials, some of which can only be seen on the molecular level. When you have these products tested in a materials testing lab, the materials go through a very rigorous series of tests, including examining them under a molecular microscope. If there are defects there that could be compounded by the weight and/or stress of a structure on top of them, the tests can successfully prevent a tragic event.

Finding Electrical Conductivity

The science behind construction is not something most contractors think of. Usually, they are thinking about who is working the next day, weekly deadlines, materials that need to be ready for the next work day, etc. As such, you may have an occasional accident involving electricity and conductivity. For example, despite popular belief, not all metals can conduct electricity. You may try to avoid crossing an electrical current with every metal you and your crew work with. 

Conversely, the metals that do conduct electricity very well (e.g., copper, iron, etc.) only require the tiniest connection between human skin and the ground. One of your crew could touch a small piece of copper tubing around a live wire and be down in seconds. When you are not sure if the metal items you are working with conduct electricity, materials testing labs can tell you the composition of the metal material and its ability (or lack thereof) to conduct electricity.

Calculating Strength to Produce Excellent Designs

Structural engineers are usually the ones that calculate a material's strength and ability to stand up to force or weight. It was not until the building and frequent failure of the Golden Gate bridge that engineers understood that ALL materials have a breaking point. Now, all materials should be tested and hypothetical/theoretical strength calculations should be completed to make sure there are no issues during construction.

For more information, contact companies like Otto Rosenau & Associates Inc.

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16 August 2017