How to Choose the Right Equipment to Finish your Contracting Job


If the time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining, then the time to build a good roof is when the home is first built. Experts agree that using high quality products for those finishing touches can determine the longevity of the building. Whether you’re fastening the joints and looking for quality fastener plates or choosing the best insulation, taking the time to find quality materials will ensure that your building has the longest life possible.

Fastener Plates

Chances are, you’re already familiar with standard fasteners, universal fasteners, joining plates, and gussets. You’re also probably aware of how metal fastener plates are often the best fit for your job. When it comes to choosing the best fit for your project, you’ll want to consider how much machining you’re prepared to do. Using joining plates or fastening plates is a great way to join pieces without using much more than some nuts and bolts. Adding the joining plate to your fastener increases strength. Likewise, gussets offer a strong support to a 90 degree joint and also don’t require any machining.

Finishing Trowels

While carbon steel trowels are the most common in the industry, it’s worth looking into various types to ensure you have the right tool for the job. Blue steel and stainless steel are excellent options for high-quality, smooth finishes. Blue steel is more flexible than your standard carbon steel trowel, and it’s great for smoothing and feathering drywall when you’re making repairs. Stainless steel trowels, by contrast, do not rust, and are your best bet for white finish because they won’t leave any discoloration.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation (spray polyurethane) is a green alternative to traditional insulation that is also airtight, ensuring that building tenants will have lowered energy costs. If you don’t have your own spray foam kit, see if you have any contacts with contractors who have access to a spray foam rig. You’ll also want to consult with an expert to decide whether you want light or medium density and open-cell or closed cell.

Building a relationship with a quality seller will ensure that you have access to the best products when you most need them. Building right the first time will ensure that your tenants won’t need to repair, replace, or rebuild later.

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