The Staple of All Mekco Fiberglass Buildings
At MEKCO® we manufacture fiberglass buildings and enclosures to stand the test of time. See the staple of all MEKCO® buildings, the integrated flange. With the modular nature of our buildings, this flange allows us to customize your building to any size while maintaining an extremely rigid and lightweight design.
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Today we're describing one of the many benefits and features of a MEKCO® fiberglass building.
Again, our buildings being constructed to protect your investment not only for six months or a year but the duration of time.
Today we're going to focus in on the bonding of panels and how we're able to make any building of any size and configuration not only waterproof but strong enough to handle the incoming wind loads or snow loads or whatever the challenges you may have in your respective work environment.
So on this particular building, our client wished to have an R21 insulation property. What's important to mention about the MEKCO® buildings and all buildings that we produce is we have this integrated flange which is unique to MEKCO® buildings.
If you think back to why is the 2x4 in your wall configured the way that it is? It's the moment of inertia. The moment of inertia equation as we’ll depict here in a second shows that there's an H value or a height value that's cubed. The deeper we make this flange the stronger this building is to wind loading, snow loading, or whatever it might be.
So in this particular case, we have a wall that's 5 inches thick. Inside of that wall we've enveloped a three-inch thick closed cell, two pound per cubic foot density foam.
This insulative foam is embedded to provide that R21 value. Now that foam is enveloped in an eighth inch of fiberglass on the interior and an eighth inch of fiberglass on the exterior. Followed by that gel coat this is all rolled to be airtight there's no air there's no water penetration.
But what's really important is that these panels are then covalently bonded together. They're not glued together, they're not adhered together, they're bonded together.
They've bonded at that chemical level creating a monolithic flange that's a ½ inch thick and in this case, is 5 inches deep to provide a credible moment of inertia.
If we look down the building here we'll see that towards the base we don't have three inches of embedded foam. Rather we have one inch and the reason we've done that is to enable access to the mounting holes or bracketry that would hold this building to the concrete pad or the steel base what have you in the field.
If we were to carry this foam all the way through, we would not have enough of a shoulder for that bolts or anchor wedge anchor to land upon.
Now one might say well why not just grow the flange. We can do that, but quite often there's a pump skid or a motor control center or something inside of this space that really inhibits that flange from growing internally.
So note the transition that we are able to integrate here from one inch to a three inch of embedded foam. This being again, an R21 insulated building.