Many times, people have been discouraged from constructing storied houses or buildings in order to minimize costs and time of construction, despite storied buildings being a general interest for most people.
The advice is always that when you start building, you will not finish or that storied buildings ‘eat’ a lot of money, yet the economy is worsening by the day.
However, did you know that you can save up to 40 percent now when building your dream storied structure at standard quality?
According to Engineer Abdul Mawejje, the use of hollow sections and universal beam (I beam) have eliminated the use of iron bars in column and max pans for slab works which seemed costly in constructing storied buildings.
“Previously, we used to build using iron bars, rings, binding wires, maxpans, timber, poles for slab work for reinforcement which consumed a lot of money and takes a lot of time to dry,” Mawejje says.
He insists that the use of hollow sections and universal beams has cured all that and even ensures the structure is two times stronger, yet far less costly.
“One concrete column would cost you roughly Shs2.5million, while hollow section column can cost only Shs500000. A structure that would take two months construction period with iron bars, it will take one month with hollow sections and I beams.”
Mawejje attributes this to change in times which has also brought modern and quicker ways in construction.
However, a question arises on the ability of the hollow sections and universal beams to sustain a building sanding firm.
According to Java Samson, a part-time engineer, it requires one to look into the fact that steel actually rusts and hence should be looked at while making such a decision. In this case, Mawejje says one can paint a red oxide primer on hollow sections to prevent rusting.
An expert, Martin Atare also maintains that ‘such a building without carefully evaluating the soil formation of the area. And loads will result in disaster’. He calls upon those intending to construct to carefully study the topography of the area before going to this mode of construction.