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Securing your Home and Business During a Tornado

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After the recent destruction from Hurricane Irma, we would like to provide a few tips about securing your home and business during a tornado. Tornadoes can be more destructive to homes and businesses than hurricanes, with wind speeds reaching 200 to 250 miles per hour. Tips for Homeowners and Businesses During a Tornado Secure your doors. Make sure that the entry door to your house or business has a two-inch deadbolt lock and hinges with screws long enough to secure the door to the wall framing. The framing is the most critical element and it has to be anchored well. You may have a wind resistant steel door, but the frame could be the weakest point. If something heavy hits the door, it could pull away from the frame. Install…
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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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As Fall approaches it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your home with some helpful home maintenance tips. Fall is a good time to take care of some of those home repair projects before shorter days approach. Because we live in an area with cold winters, take the time to boost energy efficiency throughout your home and prevent damage from winter storms.  Indoor Home Maintenance Tips • Check and update your fire extinguisher. • Inspect your smoke detectors - one on each floor. • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected. Change the filter. • Insulate water pipes exposed to cold temperatures. • Check air leaks and chalking around doors and windows. • Cover drafty windows with bubble wrap. • Turn ceiling fans clockwise to redistribute warm air. • Check your…
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Renovations Completed at 1660 Feehanville Drive in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

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Albrite Building of Westmont completed renovations last month for a commercial building at 1660 Feehanville Drive in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The renovations included updating the lobby with new wallpaper and painting the walls and wood panels. A darker stain was used on the wood panels for more contrast in the lobby. To showcase the bright and open decor, a new glass wall partition was added on the 2nd floor by the elevator overlooking the lobby to maximize natural light in the building.   About Mount Prospect Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 22 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Mount Prospect office building is located on a business park campus that provides tenants with jogging trails, 12 lakes, and picnic…
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The Many Carpenter Roles on a Construction Site

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There are many carpenter roles on a construction site for remodeling or reconstructing an office building or building a new home. These roles include everything from a General Contractor, Architect, Estimator, Electrician and Supervisor. In this blog post, we will talk about a few of the construction roles and what their job duties include. We discuss the role of a general carpenter, form carpenter and interior carpenter to a drywall, flooring and roofing installers. General Carpenter A General Carpenter works with many tools and materials. They are skilled to build residential homes, remodel office buildings, and commercial and retail remodeling. They are one of the oldest and most respected trades. Form Carpenter A Form Carpenter must have the carpentry skills used to form concrete. They also frame and align beams, scaffolding,…
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Job Post: Residential/Commercial Construction Estimator

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Bid Administration • Prepares and maintains status of plan reproduction. • Solicits and maintains communication with subcontractors and vendors. • Prepares subcontractor bid packages. • Prepares comprehensive project specific scope review sheets. • Transmits addenda and other bid information to subcontractors. • Ensures that we have the proper coverage from subcontractors on bid day. • Contacts supply houses to obtain additional subcontractor bids. • Shows creativity and resourcefulness to gain better pricing from subcontractors. • Submits 100% of bids and budgets by the bid deadline -- no exceptions. Project Knowledge • Reviews bid requirements thoroughly and asks follow-up question on every bid. • Has a thorough understanding of the scope for specific trades assigned. • Develops RFI's and clarifications and ensure adequate subcontractor coverage and shows interest. • Performs a…
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Remodeling Your Office

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When your company is remodeling your office, one the most important tips to keep in mind is planning ahead. This will make the remodeling process much easier, even if it requires more work prior to the remodel. Research is important. Although it might seem obvious, you may want to incorporate your company colors and vision. Adding contrasting colors to your office will add some life to your office space. Monochromatic color schemes can also be used to create a different sense in your office environment. They impart a sophisticated feel with a look of uniformity. Plus, if you use the same base color for all the walls, the rooms will flow together as one.   Office Lighting Remodeling You will want to consider the light in your office. Natural light…
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Commercial Renovations and Remodeling Tips

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Commercial renovations can be time consuming and a costly process. Albrite Building in Westmont, Illinois is an expert commercial remodeling and renovations company. We are committed to providing our clients with the best remodeling and commercial renovations solutions at affordable prices. Whether you’re remodeling an entire office building, renovating an office space or just need to update a work space room, we’ve listed a few tips to help make the process easier.   Planning your Commercial Remodeling Project The planning phase is one of the most important parts of any commercial remodeling project. It is crucial to your remodeling success. When you are putting together a remodeling plan, it is important to include a detailed budget. Your budget should break down the cost for labor and materials, as well as a…
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What is a Master Carpenter?

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A master carpenter is a woodworking professional who has obtained the highest certification in the carpentry industry. A master carpenter spends many years working as a journeyman and an apprentice before he is eligible to become a master carpenter. The requirements a master carpenter must meet before attaining this level of certification can vary by region. All candidates will need to develop skills specific to the industry and demonstrate a capacity to teach carpentry skills. The path to become a master carpenter starts when they are at least 18 years old. They begin by taking an entry-level position with a carpenter or on a construction crew. They apply for eligibility to become an apprentice, and if they are accepted to an apprenticeship program, they will spend four to five years…
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Commercial Construction Increases in 2017

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The construction industry has seen an increase from a year ago according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Commercial construction rose 13.6 percent since 2016. And office construction grew 24.8 percent compared to 2016. Power construction including oil and gas, gained a 9.4 percent increase over the last 12 months. Manufacturing construction fell 9.8 percent from last year. Highway construction increased by 1.3 percent for the month of February, but is down 5.1 percent year-over-year. Albrite Building offers several types of construction services including commercial construction, retail construction, and office construction for businesses and home construction and remodeling for homeowners in the Chicago area. From pre-construction to post-construction, Albrite Building strives to provide our clients with the highest quality contracting services. We create customer relationships founded on dignity, professionalism…
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Responsibilities of a General Contracting Company

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The role of a general contracting company is similar to the role of a director in a movie. The general contracting company is responsible for coordinating the project and producing a fantastic final product. From interacting with architects to arranging for inspections, all the duties and responsibilities are performed by a reputable contracting company.  Coordinating with Specialty Contractors A big project may require specialty contractors, and there may be multiple contractors in a single project. Coordinating with sub-contractors can be a daunting task, but Albrite Building has the experience and expertise. As the general contracting company, they keep the schedule tight to finish the project on time. Albrite Building contracts skilled workers who can handle carpentry, masonry and roofing tasks. Whether your construction project is a new building, new home, or an office…
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