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Construction materials have evolved in great ways over the years. Instead of using asbestos when building, people now use recycled materials. Construction materials are important to our safety because they're what hold the industrial world together.

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How Roofing Materials Work

When you think of a metal roof, you think of a dilapidated lean-to with a corrugated tin roof. Today roofs are usually made of an asphalt/fiberglass combination or wood shingles.


The World's Most Awe-inspiring Glass Buildings

 The World's Most Awe-inspiring Glass Buildings

The World's Most Awe-inspiring Glass Buildings will show you some amazing architectural designs. View The World's Most Awe-inspiring Glass Buildings. See more »

How are steel studs changing the way we decorate?

 How are steel studs changing the way we decorate?

How are steel studs changing the way we decorate? Keep reading to learn about steel studs and if they are changing the way we decorate. See more »

How Formwork Works

 How Formwork Works

Formwork is a tool used to mold concrete. Learn how formwork works in this article. See more »

Top 5 Fire-resistant Building Materials

 Top 5 Fire-resistant Building Materials

What fire-resistant building materials are available for home construction? Learn about five fire-resistant building materials. See more »

Why are steel studs more common than wood?

 Why are steel studs more common than wood?

Why are steel studs more common than wood? Steel studs are making waves in residential building. Learn the difference between steel and wood studs. See more »

How Carbon Negative Cement Works

 How Carbon Negative Cement Works

Carbon negative cement could be the solution to the carbon dioxide emissions caused by the production of cement. Learn about carbon negative cement. See more »

How is industrial construction different from residential construction?

 How is industrial construction different from residential construction?

Industrial and residential construction are as different as night and day. Learn how industrial construction is different from residential construction. See more »

10 Ways to Turn a Construction Pallet Into Beautiful Decor

 10 Ways to Turn a Construction Pallet Into Beautiful Decor

How can you turn a construction pallet into beautiful decor? Learn 10 clever ways you can use discarded wooden construction pallets in your decor. See more »

10 Clever Ways to Use Concrete to Create a Fire-Resistant Home

 10 Clever Ways to Use Concrete to Create a Fire-Resistant Home

Concrete is a fire-resistant material. Learn how you can use concrete in your bathroom, kitchen and backyard to create a fire-resistant home. See more »

How Lunarcrete Will Work

 How Lunarcrete Will Work

Lunarcrete will be the building material we'll use in space. Learn about existing construction materials that are inspiring lunarcrete. See more »