Post tensioning has become a common term in the world of construction. From its European beginnings all the way to its widespread use in the U.S as well as in other countries, this building method has become a household name in long-lasting structures.

As you read along, you’ll learn more about the process of post tensioning, its modern day uses and applications as well as its benefits.

Post tensioning is defined as introducing prestressed concrete and other construction materials in the process of building. Prestressing is necessary in order to counteract the heavy weight of service loads that can jeopardize the safety of a certain structure.

Furthermore, post tensioning is the process of steel being tensioned after the concrete has been placed. It is done onsite through the installation of post-tensioned tendons.

Tendons are the primary element in post tensioning. It consists of one (monostrand) or more (multistrand) prestressed steels and is wrapped with a protective coating in a duct.

Concrete is known to be strong but becomes weak when tension is introduced to it. On the other hand, steel is strong and highly resistant to tension. When concrete is compressed and steel is tensioned, this puts the two materials both into their strongest state — which makes for a stronger structure.

Uses & Applications
Since it was first used in a marine terminal in France, post tensioning has gone a long way into being incorporated in other structures. From modern day bridges, stadiums, parking spaces, both commercial and residential buildings alike, this method has proven itself to be highly reliable.

A few of its famous examples are the Brooklyn Bridge, Walnut Lane Bridge, the IBM building and many sports centers around the globe.

The reason why many structures are built upon post tensioning is because it entails a lot of benefits, which brings us to the next point.

There are numerous benefits post tensioning can offer. Here are some of them.

1. It gives proactive support.
Since steel bars have been incorporated into the concrete, it provides a proactive support. No matter how heavy the service and extra load will be, it will be carried well without compromising the safety of the structure.

2. It protects well against soft soil.
Earthquakes are a big concern among contractors. This is where post tensioning can be counted on.

The great thing about this method is it can protect against soft soil. Considering the structure has a sturdy foundation, it makes it a lot easier for the building/bridge/ other applications not to easily shake or jar.

3. It promotes creativity.
With post tensioning, there are fewer slabs used, thereby leaving more space to be creative. This is a great advantage among architects and designers alike. They can make their imagination come to life as there are less constricting factors involved.

4. It is more cost-effective.
With less slabs of post-tensioned concretes used means there is less investment to be made. Not only does post tensioning promote better and stronger structures. It also makes for a cheaper alternative, which at any given day is a big bonus.

By the looks of it, post tensioning will continue to be a building method relied and trusted by many. It’s proven itself to be a well-rounded process of creating massive structures with minimal risks.

A home renovation can be quite an enticing feat. Most of the time, homeowners rush in on the project and end up getting disappointed because of the hasty decisions they made.

The truth is home renovation requires extensive planning. There are important factors that you need to consider even before you start hiring contractors. So if you’re eyeing to get the best renovation your investment can make, then take note of the following information below.

1. Check permits and restrictions
Much like building a new home, renovating yours may also require a form of permit. There are areas that restrict levels of renovation, like how high your house can get or if you’re planning to break down walls to make more room.

2. Consider the extent of your renovation.
Once you’re clear from any permits, it’s time you plan how much work really is needed. Are you renovating the kitchen or the bathroom? Are you adding an outdoor deck?

It’s critical to determine the scale of work so that you won’t go over the budget. So consider this even before you start setting money aside.

3. See if you can do without hiring anyone.
There are certain home renovations you, along with your family and friends, can do. So after checking the extent of work needed to be done, see if you can manage on your own.

If all you need is a bit of DIY, then by all means handle it yourself. This way, you don’t need to spend money on hiring any workers. Moreover, this could be a good chance to bond with your loved ones.

4. Do some window-shopping first.
This is one of the most exciting phases of renovation. Go window-shopping for the product, materials and items you want to buy for your project. Make sure you compare prices both in actual shops and online. Moreover, see if you can time your shopping with an upcoming sale to save you a few bucks.

A great benefit of window-shopping is you get to thoroughly see your options so you won’t regret any decisions you made. Also, you get to spend your money more strategically.

5. Have a schedule.
Having a schedule and a time table lets you maximize all the resources you have, from the money you spent up to the days that you’ll need to pay off workers.

Getting organized for home renovations cannot only save you money, it can also save you a lot of stress too.

6. Hire the best contractor you can afford.
If you do need to make an extensive renovating, hiring the best contractor your money can get is a very wise move. This is a critical step as you want to be as far away from scamming contractors as you can.

Start by asking around the neighborhood as well as your relatives. They might be able to give you recommendations. Moreover, you can check online forums to see which are the best ones and those you need to avoid.

Home renovation is serious business. So make sure you consider the following factors first before you be too quick in spending your money.

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