Building a polyester polyester fabric building foundation is one of the most difficult building projects you can do, because it requires so much skill.
So we asked architect Michael Kavanagh, who has done the work on the project, to share his best tips on building a polystyrene foundation building.
First, he recommends making a couple of decisions to help you get started:1.
Make sure your project is affordable.
Kavanah says that for most people, $1,500 or less is an acceptable budget.
So you might want to consider an inexpensive project like an $800, or even less.2.
Be selective with materials.
Most of the polyester building materials you’ll need to build a polyesters foundation building are readily available from local hardware stores.
If you want to be creative, you can get materials like aluminum, galvanized steel, and copper.3.
Set your goals.
Kavanagh recommends starting small, but not only do you want a foundation to last for many years, but you want it to be functional, and not just decorative.
You want it not just to be decorative, but to also be functional.4.
Choose a material.
There are many different materials that can be used to make a polymers foundation building, so make sure you pick the one that is the most flexible and durable.
For example, a poly fiber fabric might work well with a solid wood flooring, while a polycarbonate roof could be great for a modern, glass-like look.5.
Consider the materials’ strengths.
If a certain material is strong enough to withstand the impact of an earthquake, you’ll want it.
But if it’s brittle, you might need to choose a thicker, stronger material.
And if it doesn’t have the strength to withstand an earthquake but it’s cheap enough that you can build it, that’s great too.
Kavanagh suggests choosing a material based on how well it will withstand earthquakes:Metal can resist an earthquake if you add a layer of insulation, or polycarbonates can withstand the effects of a tsunami, but they can’t withstand an actual earthquake.
Polyester can withstand an impact from a large object, but the material won’t be strong enough.
Kavanah recommends choosing a structural grade (like “steel-reinforced plastic,” or “SSRP”), since a lot of polyester materials will have higher stresses than SSRP.
If your project uses polyester and you don’t have that grade, then you’ll probably need to add an additional layer of reinforcing plastic to make sure the foundation is strong.
Kavinagh also suggests considering a building materials’ weight to help determine the strength of the foundation.
For a typical home, a 5- to 10-ton foundation will weigh around 15,000 pounds.
A 6-ton building will weigh in at 30,000 to 60,000.
If you’re building a basement, a foundation should weigh about 8,000 lbs., and a 10- to 20-ton structure will weigh anywhere from 1,000-2,000 tons.
Kavinagh says that if you have a lot more building materials to choose from, you could use a lot less materials.
But in general, Kavanahs advice is to go with a strong material and a durable building material.
You can also use a special kind of polypropylene that’s specifically designed to withstand earthquakes.
The building materials are all made of the same material, but one side of the material, called the reinforcing side, is coated with a thin layer of Kevlar.
This protects the polycarbonylene and other building materials from the shock of an actual quake.
The Kevlar can be added as a coating on the reinforcing material, which makes the building material stronger.
You can also add a small amount of water to the Kevlar to strengthen it.
Kavenagh also recommends choosing materials that are strong enough that they can withstand a fire and should last a long time.
For instance, he says that he uses aluminum and steel for his building materials because they have very low seismic activity, and because they’re inexpensive and easy to make.
Kavenagh says the most important thing for building materials is to have the right type of material and the right strength to meet the project’s needs.
For more building tips, check out ABC News’ Building Tips series.ABC News’ Lisa Lohman contributed to this story.