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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.
What type of education do dental technologists receive?
Many dental technologists are trained on the job, starting with simple tasks and progressing over the years to handle more complex responsibilities as they gather more experience. Formal training is available, and it involves getting an accredited two-year associate degree. Dental technologists can also obtain certification, which involves passing a certified dental technician exam.
Do dental labs provide guarantees for their work?
Many dental labs provide guarantees for their work, and they will replace or repair a product if it fails. The timespan covered by this guarantee varies from product to product. For example, screw-retained implant abutments often come with a 20-year guarantee. Transition crowns and bridges are usually guaranteed for up to two years.
Do dental labs offer pickup and delivery services?
Many dental labs offer pickup and delivery services. They will send a driver to a dental office for pick up, and, once the work is finished, they will have the driver deliver the product to your office. Many dental labs offer this service at no additional charge.
Do patients deal with a dental lab directly?
Patients rarely deal with dental labs directly. In most cases, dental labs communicate only with a patient's dentist, building products based on dental molds that the dentist has taken. However, a small percentage of dentists operate in-house dental labs, and in these cases, patients can communicate directly with dental lab technicians.
Does a dental technician require certification?
In most states, dental technicians aren't legally required to obtain certification. However, if a dental lab wishes to obtain certification, the lab must be supervised by a certified dental technician, or CDT. To maintain certification, a CDT has to commit to continuing education. CDTs can choose specialties such as implants, orthodontics, ceramics, and complete dentures.