Top Contractors in the Philippines

Do you know the common factors top contractors have in common? They are into diversity and solution oriented. When we created this post, we could see that along the way, they expanded their business and did not focus in building and construction alone. Some ventured into offering rental shoring and scaffolding equipment. Others added construction management. A few went into procurement.

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These are some of the best contractors and builders in the Philippines. They are the benchmark that every small and medium contractors aspires into. These contractors need to be recognized as they help in beautifying the country by building quality infrastructures.

Megawide Construction Corporation

Megawide Construction Corporation’s (MCC) vision would wake up the sleeping patriotism in you. MCC wants the Philippines to be a first-world country. Megawide Construction Corporation in partnership with the Philippine Government constructed the Mactan-Cebu Internal Airport and the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange. One of its recent high impact projects is the construction of the new Carbon Market in Cebu City.

They are not just into construction but also has several business units including precast, ready mixed concrete, logistics and services, and formworks systems. They have successfully built quality residential towers, including commercial and offices nationwide.

  • Website: https://megawide.com.ph/
  • Main Office Location: #20 N. Domingo St., Brgy. Valencia, Quezon City
  • Contact Number: +63 (2) 8 655 1111

Makati Development Corporation

You can see in NCR its towering crane boasting the ‘MDC’ logo. Makati Development Corporation has been in the construction business for almost 50 years. With its five decades in the market, they have successfully completed billions of projects including leisure, high-rise residential and commercial projects. It is wholly owned subsidiary by the largest property developer in the Philippines, the Ayala Land, Inc.

They took the leap of faith on 2011 by gearing towards not just into construction and engineering, but including procurement, construction management. Thus, the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Construction Management (EPCCM) Company.

  • Website: https://www.mdc.com.ph/
  • Head Office Location: Radian Street, Arca South Estate Western Bicutan, Taguig City 1630
  • Trunkline: +63 (2) 7759-0800

D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI)

Please refrain from remembering the former husband of the beauty queen. Kidding aside, D.M. Consunji, Inc. is one of the best construction companies in the Philippines. The company’s name was taken from its founder Engr. David M. Consunji.

They have been in the construction industry for 65 years. And in 65 years in the construction business, they have completed billions of dollars of projects and are known to be “Builder of Landmarks”. They have built landmark projects like cultural centers, theaters, hospitals, roads and expressways, high-end condominium towers and offices.

Engineering Equipment, Incorporated (EEI)

Engineering Equipment, Incorporated (EEI) was established in 1960s but has been in the construction business since 1931 thru its predecessor Engineering Equipment and Supply, Co. (EESCO). Back then, they were just into steel fabrication. Through perseverance and innovations, they were able to expand their business overseas. Right now, (EEI) has several subsidiaries which is involved in manpower recruitment, power, real states, construction scaffolding and others.

Engineering Equipment, Incorporated (EEI) has built several industrial including cement and power plants, refineries, railways, flood control systems, school, roads, and a lot more. You could say they are one of the leading contractors in the Philippines in terms of construction innovations. Right now, they geared towards green engineering by building solar carports and solar powered streetlights.

  • Website: https://www.eei.com.ph/
  • Head Office Location: 12 Manggahan Street, Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1110, Philippines
  • Contact Number: (+632) 8-334-2677 (EEI-CORP) (+632) 8-635-0861
  • Email Address: eeicenter@eei.com.ph

Sta. Clara International Corporation

Founded in the 1976 as Sta. Clara Trading and Construction Company, they were originally into rental, equipment trading and minor construction works. Success found Sta. Clara International Corporation through the years as they successfully partake in the construction of the first hydro power with the longest tunnel.

For almost 46 solid years in the construction business, they paved their way to become one of the leading contractors in the Philippines. SCIC has contributed largely to the development of water industry including pumping stations, water treatment and sewage treatment plants, water reservoirs, electrical towers, and lot more.

  • Website: https://staclara.com.ph/
  • Head Office Location: Sta. Clara International Corporation, Highway 54 Plaza, 986 EDSA Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City, 1550 Philippines
  • Contact Number: (+632) 8706 5155, (+632) 8706 5156, (+632) 8706 5157
  • Email Address: biz@staclara.com.ph

DDT Konstract, Inc.

The company name was taken from its founder Engr. Danilo D. Tamayo. He braved to create his own company after he became jobless after the 1997 asian financial crisis. DDT Konstract, Inc. started small by building residential and commercial projects. With the exemplary output handling the small ones, they slowly was given with its breakthrough by partnering with the SM Group. One of its big ticket project is the SM Mall of Asia.

Currently, DDTKI are now one of the trusted contractors of the largest developers in the country including Filinvest Land, Ayala Land, SM and Robinsons Land. DDKTI just proved that when you properly handled tiny blessing with integrity, big ones will eventually follow.

  • Website: https://ddtkonstract.com/
  • Head Office Location: Unit 401 4th Floor, Lancaster Hotel, #622 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, 1500 Philippines
  • Contact Number: (632) 571-8668 to 70

With the engineering sector getting more and more complicated through the years, these companies chose to ride the tide and welcome change. A mentality that every one should be reminded not to become stagnant to prosper.

Sources: 

https://www.eei.com.ph/content/our-company/history.php

https://www.eei.com.ph/content/our-company/history.php

https://www.mdc.com.ph/history/

https://ddtkonstract.com/?page_id=7

Top Reasons for Buildings and Houses to Collapse

Shelter is one of the top needs for human to survive. That is why it is best to invest in a well-built one.

You may have seen in the news or in the social media wherein buildings and homes collapse when hit by an average earthquake. To be prevent this from happening, one has to be knowledgeable why it happens.

Here are the top reasons why buildings or residential houses collapse.

  • Not Hiring the Right Professionals

With the boom of DIY’s and all that stuff, people tend to do things their own way. Other things that we are guilty of is getting the wrong persons (normally, non-technical) to do and plan the different trades. Architectural plans must be created, signed, and sealed by Architects. Structural plans by structural / civil engineers. Plumbing plans by sanitary engineers and master plumbers (depending of the type of building). Electrical plans by Professional Electrical Engineers. HVAC by Professional Mechanical Engineers. That is how things should be.

Draftsmen, when they do plot the plans, should be instructed by the right professional. Please don’t be fooled by non-tech people telling you that they can ‘plan’ your homes because they are ‘experienced’. Planning and designing are different from plotting. When a person is not licensed to sign and seal that certain trade, the proper term for them to use is ‘plot’ not ‘design’ or ‘plan’.

Professionals attended schools for several years and passed professional exams for a reason. If they passed the licensure exam, meaning, they are equipped with knowledge to design and plan your homes safe for use. Get the right professionals to design your homes, please.

  • Not Following What is Planned

The most crucial part in building construction is the realization of what is planned according the proper construction techniques and practices. There are proper techniques to cast of foundation, columns, beams, and other main structural components of a buildings. There is a proper way to terminate beams, slabs, columns, and others should concreting halts due to whatever disruptions. Suspended slab (depending on the structural engineer’s notes and plans) should be casted monolithic to a portion of a column. Most DIYers or contractors with no technical experience do not know this.

Contractors that you hire should be knowledgeable on this stuff. There are corner reinforcing bars that should be used in openings. Corner bars used in window and door openings is not the same with the stairs to second floor slab openings. There is a proper technique in laying out reinforcement bars for suspended slab. These things are mostly stated in the structural plans. The contractor that you get should have the experience and knowledge to interpret what is planned, understand what is in the trades’ professional notes for it to be properly built in actual.

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  • Using Substandard Materials

When your home is designed by the right professional, they normally include ‘Materials Specifications’. Material specification is a document which states what material, grade, color, specifications, even identifications number (IDs) are to be used in the project.

In example is the architectural materials specifications which is provided by the Architect. You can see what tile is used, the dimension, color, corresponding ID, sometimes includes which supplier is used for all the tiling works.

Another example is the structural reinforcing bars. If the structural note says minimum grade for 12mm diameter bar and below is G40, while 16mm diameter bar is G60, then follow and procure it as stated. Do not be fooled by some random, cheeky contractor who downgraded materials for additional profit. Please be aware ‘materials specification’ exists and that is where the contractor should base the stuff to be procured and installed.

  • Improper usage and Overloading

You may have seen some viral photo online where bridges collapse. Same is true with structures. Always use a building based on its designed intended for use. Bed room in the second floor should be used as bed rooms and not as store rooms / stack rooms. Why? Because engineers use certain algorithm when they designed it. Gymnasiums has different set of ‘algorithms’ (let’s just say it as it is for the sake of non-tech people) compared to residential houses. Although there is enough factor of safety, you may unknowingly exceed it if you put sacks of rice and heavy tools on it.

When you want to convert your upper floor space for a fitness gym, please consult and ask professionals to check the credibility of the structure first before putting heavy weights and fitness equipment on it.

  • Calamity or Natural Disasters

You have attended earthquake drills, fire drills, tsunami drills and other drills, right? This is the initiative of our government to prepare people for unforeseen natural disasters. You may even heard of “The Big One” (an anticipation of a strong and disastrous earthquake that could happen anytime). Our buildings and residential house adhere to certain maximum ‘recorded’ factor of safety for the natural disaster. But since the Big One did not happen yet, there is really no maximum factor for this one. God forbid, we experience “The Big One” in our lifetime.

Record braking typhoons carrying strong winds has been visiting us recently. We have seen photos online of houses destroyed due to flashfloods. Some location in the country did not experienced floods before, yet, they experienced a disastrous one outright. How come? You may ask. Climate change it is. Engineers has been dealing with it by building stronger and more resilient structures. Some even opt to use factor of safety way above the requirement just for their buildings to be stronger.

  • Human-Initiated Demolitions

It is sad to build something just for someone else to tear it down. This includes wars and terrorist’s attack. No matter how strong a building or a structure is, it is no match against bombs and missile attack. Unless, of course if a structure is designed to withstand attacks.

On the other hand, there are some human-induced demolitions which is good. In example trampling down an old building to build something new. Buildings have serviceable lifespan. In addition, if a structure was hit by several natural disasters, its structural credibility will eventually lessen leading to demolition. If this buildings or houses cannot be remediated with retrofitting or others means for it to safe for use once again, then, this needs to be evacuated to prevent any casualties due to building breakdown.

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Steel Bolts, Self-drilling Screws, Lag Shield and Drywall Screw Price List

Average steel hex bolts, steel self-drilling screws, steel lag shields and drywall screw price list in the Philippines.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

Note that this price list is just a guide. Prices differ per region. What’s reflected here isn’t true for every locations in the Philippines.

Steel Hex Bolt Price List.

Steel Hex Bolt DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
1/4x 1/2pc9.00
1/4x 3/4pc9.00
1/4x 1pc9.00
1/4x 1-1/4pc13.50
1/4x 1-1/2pc16.00
1/4x 1-3/4pc18.10
1/4x 2pc18.10
1/4x 2-1/2pc22.60
1/4x 3pc27.20
5/16x 3/4pc16.10
5/16x 1pc20.90
5/16 1-1/4pc22.70
5/16x 1-1/2pc22.70
5/16x 1-3/4pc27.20
5/16x 2pc36.30
5/16x 2-1/2pc36.30
5/16x 3pc40.80
5/16x 3-1/2pc45.30
3/8x 1pc27.20
3/8x 1-1/4pc31.70
3/8x 1-1/2pc36.30
3/8x 1-3/4pc45.30
3/8x 2pc45.30
3/8x 2-1/2pc59.00
3/8x 3-1/2pc59.00
3/8x 3pc59.00

Steel Lag Shield and Fender Washer Price List.

Fender Washer and Lag Shield DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
5/16x 1-1/4 Fender Washerspc18.20
1/2x 4-1/2 Hex Head Lag Screwspc181.20
5/16 Short 1/2 Lag Shieldpc58.90
5/16 Long 1/2 Lag Shieldpc67.00
3/8 Short 5/8 Lag Shieldpc99.70
3/8 Long 5/8 Lag Shieldpc113.30
1/4 Short 1/2 Lag Shieldpc45.30
1/4 Long 1/2 Lag Shieldpc59.00
1/2 Short 1/4 Lag Shieldpc135.90
1/2 Long 3/4 Lag Shieldpc163.10

Self-Drilling Screw Price List.

Self-Drilling Screws DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
12-14x 1-1/2 Self-Drilling Screwpc36.30
12-14x 2 Self-Drilling Screwpc45.30
1/4-14x 1-1/2 Self-Drilling Screwpc45.30
1/4-14x 2 Self-Drilling Screwpc59.00
No.6 Nylon Junior Self-Drilling Anchorpc41.00
No.8 Nylon Junior Self-Drilling Anchorpc59.00

Drywall Screw Price List.

Drywall Screws DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
6 x 1 Drywall Screwspc4.60
6 x 1-1/4 Drywall Screwspc6.80
6 x 1-5/8 Drywall Screwspc6.80
6 x 2 Drywall Screwspc9.10
8 x 2-1/2 Drywall Screwspc7.25
8 x 3 Drywall Screwspc16.00

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How to Keep Your House Safe from Fire Philippines

Fire-prevention month is being celebrated in the Philippines every March. This month is especially selected because this is the time of the year with the highest tallied fire incidents in the country. March is when the country is apparently at its warmest.

Seize the opportunity should the BFP offers fire safety awareness program in your location. They give valuable fire prevention techniques and fire safety protection. The knowledge that they provide is truly worth your time.

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To help our mighty fire officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection, we decided to create a post about fire prevention and fire safety.

Here is the list of fire preventive measures to keep your house away from disastrous fire.

  • Ensure That Your House Planning and Construction Adheres to Fire Safety Protocols

Main reason why building permit and other building documents are required before construction of building for this reason. A house or commercial establishment should be well-built, sound, and it has to have access in case of fire emergencies. Certain parts of a house are intended for emergency evacuation should there be fire incidents and only professionals can give you advice about where to locate these.

Be sure to approach the right professionals when building and planning your homes.  This is an investment that can never go wrong.

  • Use Quality and Non-substandard Construction Materials

Quality materials [not necessarily the most expensive ones] passed certain tests and have undergone proper manufacturing processes. These quality tests check if the material can withstand the pressure, load, rating, or whatever unit of measurement a material will be subjected into.

On the other hand, substandard material, as the word entails, is substandard. Meaning, it wasn’t subjected to quality tests which proves it is even safe for use. How do you know if one is a quality material and one is sub-standard? Ask the supplier for certificates. If the supplier can show you legitimate certificates for those tests, then, you should be fine. Second obvious sign for substandard material is the price. If the cost of the construction material is too low compared to the average market price, then most likely, that material is an imitation or substandard.

  • Do Not Overload Electric Circuits

Electric outlet has certain electrical load it can carry. High powered appliances that require higher power normally have different type of outlet than the typical duplex outlets you see in walls. In example, air conditioning. In a typical house setting, you wouldn’t want to plug in your air-conditioning system in a typical duplex outlet as it requires certain electrical ratings. It even has its own circuit breaker in the panel.

DO NOT, by any means, carelessly put into habit plugging high-powered appliances like microwave, electric stove, and other similar appliances into a typical wall outlet when you are not sure if it can carry its electrical load. Ask a professional before doing so. Be informed that most wall outlets are in the same circuit line. Plugging two or more high-powered appliances at the same time (commonly called circuit overloading) may cause electrical failure caused by heated wirings or conduits, which would eventually cause fire. These wirings are typically embedded in walls or floors, so, you wouldn’t see any signs of failing electrical wirings except when it already exploded.

  • Keep and Regularly Inspect Fire Suppression and Alarm Tools

One would not know when a fire incident might happen that is why fire prevention equipment and fire alarms are a must-have in every household. Basic tools like a fire extinguisher and fire alarm are important and you should know where it is placed. Normally, fire extinguishers are placed in kitchen where we cook as most residential fire starts in the kitchen.

There should also be regular inspection for these fire suppression and alarm tools. It should be functional and ready in case of emergency. Check the equipment and the fire safety procedures its technician shows when you purchase it. Be informed how often to inspect these fire suppression and alarm equipment.

  • Educate Children and Yourselves About Fire

Children, when briefed at a young age about fire (and not to play with it) is a life saver. It is the responsibility of the adult in the household to educate children about the risk and peril fire can bring when not used properly.

When you can, attend the free seminar the government is providing. Some dos and don’ts, myths and facts, are discussed in there. You can even interactively ask professional firemen about your concerns. Who knows, you might discover things that you thought were beneficial but turns out to be detrimental in managing fire.

  • Keep Fire Hazard Materials in a Proper Place

Educating children doesn’t stop in keeping fire incidents from happening, adults should also put fire hazard materials like gasoline, paints, lighters, matches and the like in a proper storage place away from the children. When adults are away, children tend to imitate what they see in the movies and play like cooking. Fire prevention is better than firefighting. A simple diligence in keeping flammable things in order may save your house from fire.

Fire prevention is easy when one is committed to really prevent it. Equip yourselves with fire prevention techniques and educate your household about fire safety. Fire is a tool that should help better our lives by cooking and run our machineries. It should not be a venue for our valuables to be damaged just because of simple mistake or misinformation.

Standard Overhead Kitchen Cabinet Construction Cost

How much will an overhead kitchen cabinet cost? We get that inquiry a lot. Glad we are able to find time to finally create a post about it. A sample kitchen cabinet plan below comes with the materials breakdown with price cost and possible labor cost for it to be constructed. We hope this guide helps you.

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Before we proceed with the sample plan, remember that there are three main factors that affect the price of a fixed overhead cabinet are the following:

Material Used

Ordinary plywood will cost less compared with marine plywood. Normally, the more durable and aesthetically better the cabinet is, the more expensive it will be. It is good to use ¾” inch thickness of plywood, MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard), marine plywood, or whatever material you want to use depending on your budget. Some uses aluminum cabinets as it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t attract termites as well.

You can also use fancy plywood or decorative plywood. This type of plywood is laminated with decorative hardwood designs on the outer faces. This plywood generally is more expensive, apparently two to five times the price of that ordinary plywood since you wouldn’t need to paint it. If your budget is a bit tight, better use marine plywood and paint it. But then, using marine plywood would require more time considering you would need to putty, sand and wait for paint’s drying time.

Dimensions and Length

This is no brainer. The bigger the cabinet is, the more material it requires for it to be finished. The more materials a cabinet needs, the pricier it will be. Your local cabinet contractor may have standard dimensions and length accompanied with its cost so just ask them for one.

If you are to create your own design, make sure that the dimension and lengths corresponds with what’s in the floor plan. Check your kitchen area plan. Anticipate in advance the height of the sink’s splashboard, the distance of the bottom of the overhead cabinet and the kitchen sink, including the height of the ceiling. What you need to know are the dimensions (L x W x H) of the overhead kitchen or pantry cabinet leaving enough spaces for you to move around below it but not clashing with the ceiling or any protruded sprinklers or lighting fixtures.

Complexity and Design

L-shaped cabinets will require more time to be constructed than I-shaped ones. Of course, the more difficult a cabinet design is, the costlier it will be to be completed. Better save your out-of-this-world designs and opt to minimalist and simpler ones to save some bucks.

Plan and control the things that will be placed inside it. Say, condiments, plates, your favorite ramen noodles, including appliances like microwave. If you’ll put any appliances in it, make sure that the electrical outlets are all laid out and installed before the cabinet installation. The electrical outlets should correspond to the location of the appliances. Ask your contractor if this is included in their package.

Painting works also plays a role in the kitchen cabinet construction. The more complicated the painting design is, the pricier it will be and the more time it will take to complete it since painting requires two or three coats which needs drying time. Some people we know with tight budget just go for the base cabinet and they are the ones who installs waterproof wallpaper, saving some money if properly done right. Otherwise, just hire a professional to do finishing works as you are sure with the quality of the work.

This overhead cabinet sample is constructed with the following material.

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Material DescriptionPrice (PhP)No. of UnitsTotal Amount (PhP)
Marine Local Plywood – 3/4″ 1,350.0022,700
Marine Local Plywood – 1/2″ (for back portion, may be omitted)795.001795.00
Hydraulic Inset Concealed Hinges280.0082,240.00
Common Nails – 1/2 Kilo40.00140.00
Wooden Handle25.004100.00
Heavy Duty L-Brackets (Shelf Bracket)160.004640.00
Wood Glue – 500g67.00167.00
Sandpaper16.008128.00
Body Filler w/ Hardener – Gallon573.001573.00
Paint Primer & Sealer White – Gal579.001579.00
Paint Brush & Roller109.001109.00
GRAND TOTAL>>>7,971.00

Total Materials Cost at PhP 7,971.00

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Please double check on the capacity of the L-brackets or shelf brackets though, we need the heavy duty one.

In the Philippines if the cabinet construction bulk, we call it locally as “pakyawan” cost at around P800.00-P1,500 per sheet (by sheet, we mean 4’ x 8’), including tools and equipment. If painted, add P200.00 – P600. The labor price may or may not be true per location, some highly urbanized area costs more than that. Other locations cost less. Since there are three sheets of plywood above, the total labor cost including their tools and equipment is PhP 800 x 3 = PhP2,400.00. Add PhP 200.00 x 3 = PhP 600.00 for the painting with a total Labor Cost of PhP 3,000.00 (minimum, may be higher).

Total Construction Cost of PhP 10,971.00 (Labor + Tools and Materials Cost only, delivery fee and other charges not included)

If you have the right tools and skills to do overhead kitchen or pantry cabinet DIY, then do it. If ever you are looking for professional tools, you may want to check this. On the other hand, if you do not have any skills and exposure building one, then please, check your local area if there are experienced and professional contractors that do modular cabinets or just cabinets. You can never go wrong hiring the right people because you are sure with the quality of the work. If you’re inexperienced, your DIY might be a disaster work, wasting your own materials, energy and time.

Remember, this is just a basic cabinet design and only a guide. If something in the above cabinet materials breakdown or costs conflicts with the idea of your prospect cabinet contractor, please believe in them. They know what they are doing.

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Do You Have Leftover Construction Materials? Don’t Throw it Away!

Did you recently have a construction project and you have tons of leftover or scrap construction materials to dispose of?

Check this post if you want to make some few bucks out of it and rather than throw it away. This is also perfect for the “kuripot” or cheeseparing people who wants to get something out of the expenses already made, nothing “must be thrown away” attitude it is!

These are just guides. Although not everything written is practiced per country, we hope that you will have an idea on how to make money recycling some excess construction materials you have.

1.) What to do with Leftover Reinforcing Bars

If say, you have tons of one-foot length left reinforcing bars, you can use those for dowels. Dowel bars are used to connect two non-homogenous concrete to reduce faulting. In other words, dowels help in reducing cracking by transferring the load across the entire concrete joints.

Other contractors save it for window or door openings. Corners of openings need reinforcement to prevent it from cracking. Even slab openings for stairs uses reinforcing bars also called as “corner wall bars” to prevent corner openings from cracking. Check your structural code if this is needed in your location.

If you have enough materials for round or square reinforcing bars, you can always use it for stair railings or window railings.

If what you have are lengths that are too small to be of use, then, better collect it all and ship it to your nearest junk shop. No matter how tiny, since junkshops buy it per kilogram, you can always sell it away.

2.) What to do with Leftover Cement

Normally, the shelf life of cement is around three months. Some contractor deliberately orders excess cement for patching purposes. Leftover cement may be used for patching holes that is punched by aircon contractor for the HVAC pipes.

For too much cement excess, you may want to use it for landscaping. Hire a skilled worker to create something nice about leftover cement, say, foot bricks for porch or backyard. You may also it to build your DIY barbeque or grilling station.

3.) What to do with Leftover Gravel and Sand

You can use your excess gravel for downspout openings. Course earth filling like gravel help in distributing the load of rushing rain water to your catch or area basin that causes soil caving. You can add some gravel in your catch basin or area drain as a means of filter as well. They help filter larger objects that may clogged stormwater line allowing only water to pass through.

For sand, you can use it for masonry and tiling works. Hopefully you won’t have too much excess sand left as sand serves as a base material for concreting works. It needs to come in with cement to create something useful. Always ask your contractor if he/she double checked the quantity of aggregates requested to lessen mistakes of too much wastage.

4.) What to do with Leftover Tiles

If you have few untouched tiles, better keep it for spare purposes. You wouldn’t know if the contractor did a good job with your tiling installation. It’s better to have some spare in case those tiles pops. Tiling industry is fast-paced and tile designs now may not be available in the next few years.

If what you have are chipped, cracked, or tiny portions of different designs, you may use it as random tiling for pathways or garage. Some contractors can do this in an excellent way, but, other also do this too messy so better do this with care. Skilled tilers even do balcony or terrace out of random tiles and they do it in a really good way. Some tilers also install random chipped tile for foot bath in swimming pools. Or perhaps lavatory or sink for dirty kitchens.

5.) What to do with Leftover Wood

With enough good quality hard wood, some furniture shops buy it. They are using it to make centerpieces, doors, frames, and others.

You can also do this DIY. If you have enough time, tools, and you are into doing this stuff, you can create good-looking wall decorations out of leftover woods. You can also create stair railings if you have too much wood excess. That way, you may even ditch the steel railings and just use the excess wood for railings, shell-out a few bucks if the remaining wood materials is not enough. You can save some serious money in there.

You can also use this to do tables and chairs for your garage or balcony. Or perhaps, some tiny toys for your kids to play.

6.) What to do with Leftover Plywood

Leftover high-quality plywood may be used as tiny chairs and table for children. When properly cured and painted, others were able to use it as service area / laundry chairs. Other people also use plywood leftover, with thickness of half inch or thicker in building pet houses for dogs, cats, pigeons, and others.

Others, with skills and tools, uses plywood for wall hang open storage and bookshelves. Just buy some brackets, or hidden brackets, attach it to the walls using rented tools, then you have wall hang extra storage. All for a tiny bucks and time investments.

7.) What to do with Leftover Glass Cuttings

Very common in the Philippines, Filipinos tend to use glass cuttings, say, cut jalousie windows over fences which serves to deter burglars. Other people even deliberately destroy glass bottles for this “anti-climb” measure for fences alone.

Don’t forget to use safety protection and gears when dealing with glasses as they are sharp and brittle it can easily cut you without you knowing. Tiny shreds can also get easily into eyes which is catastrophic!

8.) What to do with Leftover PVC Pipes

We hope you do not have too much excess PVC materials as there are not much to do with scrap PVC pipes. If you still have functional length that can be used for sanitary or water line, better check for online buy and sell groups if there is someone willing to buy it (normally in bulk). Buy and sell groups online provide better resale value than your local junkshops.

Otherwise, just like some of the materials on top, you can always sell it rather than throw it.

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There are hazardous construction materials that is better thrown away than recycled. Some of which are asbestos, lead-based paint and construction materials that are proven to be carcinogenic.  If you want to keep these things (advisable to be disposed-off properly anyway), better lock it in a secured and dry storage room to keep it away from playing children.

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We hope you were able to get some ideas as to what to do with scrap construction materials. It is ideal to not have any scrap construction materials at all but then it is hard to just attain it. Let us do our part in helping the world’s temperature at bay by somehow limiting our carbon footprint our own way.

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Region 12 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 12 (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong and Kidapawan). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

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METAL WORKS – REGION 12

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg57.72
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 59.48
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 215.33
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,531.83
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 100.31
Sliding Bearingkg 4,153.97
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 67.18
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 68.34
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 68.23
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 68.64
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 69.64
Rivets High Tensionkg 163.49
Washers High Tensionkg 154.66
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc675.20
Bolts High Tensionkg 552.13

HARDWARE – REGION 12

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg168.14
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg139.14
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.340.99
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 56.40
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 170.05
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc94.85
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc163.50
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc219.90
W.I. Strapkg76.99
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr74.21
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,513.38
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set2,950.12
Steel Cablekg131.84
Steel Grating Framekg97.36

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Region 11 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 11 (Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

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METAL WORKS – REGION 11

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg55.88
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 55.01
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 132.10
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,711.82
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 85.67
Sliding Bearingkg 5,209.17
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 55.89
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 55.89
Rivets High Tensionkg 176.71
Washers High Tensionkg 175.71
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc861.31
Bolts High Tensionkg 150.09

HARDWARE – REGION 11

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg34.31
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg101.15
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.52.17
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 24.36
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 30.46
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc160.57
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc184.85
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc231.70
W.I. Strapkg60.89
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr85.23
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,593.16
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set2,791.77
Steel Cablekg120.12
Steel Grating Framekg85.37

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Region 10 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 10 (Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

METAL WORKS – REGION 10

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg63.48
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 65.80
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 198.46
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,854.01
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 71.18
Sliding Bearingkg 4,822.02
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 70.96
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 69.25
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 70.55
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 72.35
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 72.67
Rivets High Tensionkg 169.74
Washers High Tensionkg 165.31
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc718.92
Bolts High Tensionkg 177.50

HARDWARE – REGION 10

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg41.29
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg43.79
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.19.35
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 25.48
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 36.64
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc104.46
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc154.06
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc210.20
W.I. Strapkg70.25
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr74.46
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,064.54
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set1,626.66
Steel Cablekg147.89
Steel Grating Framekg95.29

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How to Compute the Number of Tiles in Simple Words

Computing the total number of tiles may be frustrating to a typical person. With the rule of arithmetic, you’ll use more number of tiles if you use smaller tile size compared to that with bigger tile size.

Here are the things to remember when computing the number of tiles you’ll use for your bathroom, shower room, or comfort rooms, or just any flat surface you want to be tiled.

  • Use the Same Unit of Measurement

In simple words, if you use square-meter [sq.m.] when computing the area to be tiled, use square-meter [sq.m.] in calculating the area of the tile.

To get the correct total number of pieces of the tile, get the Area of the tile size and divide the area to be tiled by it. For simplicity, below are simple calculations.

The area of 0.20m x 0.20m is 0.04 sq.m. [0.2m x 0.2m = 0.04 sq.m. Area of the tile]

The area of 0.40m x  0.40m is 0.16 sq.m. [0.4m x 0.4m = 0.16 sq.m.Area of the tile]

If 0.20m x 0.20m is used, for the 10 sq.m. area of to be tiled, the total no. of pieces is:

If 0.40m x 0.40m is used, for the 10 sq.m. area of to be tiled, the total no. of pieces is:

Always check the unit of measurement. Suppliers in the Philippines sometimes use inches, feet, or cm. If the area to be tiled is in square-foot (sq.ft.) then calculate the Area of the Tile in sq.ft. The key is to use the SAME unit of measure for both of your calculations to be accurate.

In the example below, we’ll use a standard 1.5m height for the bathroom wall tile. The sizes are reflected in the example below. This is a typical Filipino bathroom with toilet and corresponding dimensions. The walls are flattened to be understood easily.

As you can see, the smaller the size of the tile is, the greater number of tiles you’ll use. It is because of the Area of the tiles as discussed above.

Tile with smaller size can be installed easily rather than the bigger ones. But since you’re going to use more of it, it sometimes wouldn’t matter much in actual. The bigger tiles are heavier and thicker compared to the smaller ones. Since, you cover more area with the bigger tiles, your tiler may complete the work faster compared to the smaller tile. This falls down again on how experienced the worker is. Ask your local tiler about these things.

  • Provide Wastage Allowance, but Not Too Much

Tile is brittle in nature. Depending on how skilled your hired installer is, he or she may break a tile or so. Also, wall corners with columns which may not be included in the area calculation is included in actual like the one in the picture below.  Provide a wastage allowance for these. Better yet, incorporate them in your tiling area computations.

Tiles in Column | Philcon Prices

Assuming you’ve calculated the Area to be Tiled accurately, a good wastage factor is 3%-5%. 10% is normally too much. If you need 100 pcs of tile, add around 3-5 pieces for wastage allowances.

Remember to not add too much allowance. If wastage factor is too high, or Area to be Tiled calculated is too high, there will be extra tiles that will be unused, thus, a waste of money. You may already have added allowances when you calculated the area to be tiled so use lower percentage factor when adding wastage allowance.

  • Don’t Forget to Subtract the Openings

Openings like doors and windows and vents, of course, won’t get tiled. Do not forget to subtract these openings in your calculations. Other people tend to factor out the openings which leads to excessive ordering of tiles.

For the tile adhesive, cement, sand and tile grout, just multiply the factors below with your estimated Area (sq.m.) to be Tiled. You may use this as your guide (but not as your sole basis) in determining how much tile grout is needed, or how many bags of tile adhesive you need. Hire a professional tiler to do this calculations for you if in doubt.

[Disclaimer! Use these factors like a grain of salt, as these are calculated with too high wastage factors].

Tile Adhesive [bag] : 0.125

Cement [bag] : 0.325

Sand [cu.m.] : 0.026

Tile Grout [bag] : 0.12

The condition of your floor also matters. If the flooring is not leveled, you may need additional or less mortars for your tiling works, thus, those factors above for the tile adhesive, cement, and sand may be inaccurate.

For the labor cost, it depends on how skilled the tiler is. Hire the ones with proven tracks records rather than the unskilled ones. It would just cost you a pain in the head if you penny-pinch the labor cost. Skilled workers normally do it per tile piece (depending on the tile size) or per area (sq.m. / sq.ft.). Prepare to spend around PhP300-500 per sq.m. for labor alone. [May be higher or lower depending on the location or how skilled the persons are].

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With these, a typical person should be able to calculate the materials needed to tile their floor or wall. But, a friendly advice, hire a professional so you can ask them directly. They can always give you a better explanation on how this stuff are conceived. You can never go wrong hiring one.

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