Tips & Advice
What is construction equipment rental protection plan?
Rental protection plan (RPP) is an optional insurance coverage plan you can purchase at the time of rental that provides additional protection against loss, damage, or theft of rental equipment. While most equipment might already be covered under the vendor’s insurance, the RPP provides additional protection. It’s similar to what rental car companies offer you when you rent a car, even though you may already be covered. Check the language of the contract to know exactly what you are responsible for, coverage wise.
What is the most commonly rented construction equipment?
When talking about heavy construction equipment, it is usually in reference to earth-moving equipment. In that regard, the top three heavy construction equipment rentals are:
With these three pieces of equipment you can pretty much prepare and piece of land for the construction of any structure.
- Excavators that are used to move dirt, dig ditches, and move and place materials like prefab pipes.
- Backhoe loaders, which are like next-level tractors that can scoop and move earth with a bucket arm, which can be swapped out for other attachments. The front has a shovel for leveling and moving earth. It is a smaller piece of equipment than an excavator, but very versatile.
- Bulldozers, heavy duty machines with a flat blade in front used for pushing earth and grading out and leveling topsoil.
How much does it cost to rent construction equipment?
The cost to rent construction equipment is going to completely depend on what you are renting. Are you renting a jackhammer, a bulldozer, or a crane? For instance, you can rent an excavator for roughly $500 a day or $1,200 a week, while a forklift can run you $200 a day or $500 a week. The bigger the equipment, the more you are going to pay. Get quotes to confirm your costs.
What is the length of rental period for construction equipment?
Rental periods usually are set in hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly increments. Rental businesses make money on renting out their equipment, so unless there are future contractual obligations for a piece of equipment, they will rent it to you for as long as you need it. There are minimum time increments for rentals, particularly for heavy equipment. Every vendor sets their own terms, rates and restrictions, so be prepared for some variables from each one. Pick-up and delivery of equipment can also be a time and cost factor.
Do construction equipment rental companies provide delivery?
Yes, many construction equipment rental companies provide delivery of their equipment. Every vendor has their own delivery guidelines, but delivery means additional income. Most heavy construction equipment, like cranes and/or bulldozers, have to be delivered and the average renter doesn’t have the capabilities to transport it to the site. Some equipment can be driven to the site, but others require specialized trucks and trailers for delivery, and most people don’t have those handy.
What are local building materials?
Local building materials are more accurately locally sourced materials, ideally renewable resources, or ones that are plentiful. The appeal of these is that they cost less to process and transport, and, in many cases, are naturally suited to the conditions of the area.
What are the most common building materials?
Concrete, cement, engineered wood, organic wood, glass, asphalt (roof shingles) and stone are ubiquitous in building. There are materials you don’t see that are very important, like drywall, insulation, reinforcing rebar, foundational steel, and plywood sheeting.
What is an organic building material?
An organic building material occurs naturally on earth. This term encompasses everything from rock and wood to clay and stone to straw and natural paints and waxes.
What is the best material to use when building a house?
The best material to use when building a house depends on which part of the house you’re building and what the climate and land conditions are, and what your budget is. Most builders use concrete for foundations, slabs, and walls. Wood is used universally to build at least some of the visible components of most houses in developed countries. With the modern push toward more environmentally friendly homes, many people are turning to alternative building materials like clay, straw insulation, plant-based rigid foam, and recycled glass, metal or wood/plant-based composites.
What are the traditional building materials?
The traditional building materials are wood, clay, stone, brick, and sand (used to make cement). A whole range of manmade materials are now considered to be traditional in the sense that they are used in most structures over recent centuries: metal, concrete, plaster, and glass are in this category.