Month: April 2013

Paint vs. Powder

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The Advantages of Non-Liquid Coatings

Nitsha Alvarado


Powder coating is one of the most durable surface finishes utilized today. It is used across a wide array of industries including aviation, marine, and military applications. Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder.

612The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”.


There are many advantages to using Powder Coating vs. liquid coating. One advantage is powder coating is highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), powder coating contains no solvents and release negligible amounts, if any, VOC’s into the atmosphere. Therefore, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy and maintain costly pollution control equipment. Powder coated items generally have fewer appearance differences between horizontally coated surfaces and vertically coated surfaces than liquid coated items.  The coat is tough, durable, and long lasting; has excellent hardness and abrasion resistance which in turn provides improved product performance over most liquid coatings. Another great benefit of powder coating is that it can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging; giving your finished product a sleeker and smooth looking finish.

610All Panel Built, Inc. steel products are powder coated with a 4mill finish at our own facility (shown at right); saving you time and money!

Call 800-636-3873 today to receive a free quote and drawing for your next mezzanine project.

Section 179 Incentives Extended

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 Tax Benefits of Modular Building

Nitsha Alvarado


Take advantage of this great new opportunity! Section 179 has been extended for 2012 and 2013 tax years. You can even retroactively file for 2012; qualifying Panel Built purchases made in 2012 for processing under the higher deduction limits. This is a profitable offer on all Panel Built modular offices, portable buildings and mezzanines. These products qualify for a 5-year depreciation period, while conventional construction is depreciated over 39 years.

Conventional constructions become a permanent structural addition to a building, and thus are classified as “real property” with a 39-year depreciable life.

Panel Built products, on the other hand, can be fully dismantled, relocated, and reassembled. This mobility, under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), allows our products to be classified as “tangible property” with a shorter 5-year depreciable life.

2013 Deduction Limit = $500,000 2013 Limit on Capital Purchases = $2,000,000 2013 Bonus Depreciation = 50%

· Section 179 Deduction are available for the majority of Panel Built’s products

Bonus Depreciation can be taken on new equipment only (no used equipment, no software)

472Essentially, Section 179 tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying Panel Built products purchased during the tax year. That means that if you buy qualifying Panel Built products, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in their own improvement.

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Project Picture of the Month – February 2013

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February Winner

15’x16′ Exterior Shipping Office

This month’s winner is a 15’x16′ exterior building which was constructed under an existing “lean-to” at the customer’s shipping dock. Completed with 26 gauge steel sheeting on the exterior and four inch roof panels for added insulation, this structure was assembled in two days; including electric and HVAC.

608The building was sold the first week of February and was manufactured, delivered and installed within 6 weeks. Thanks to Kevin Good for these pictures, he wins this month’s $25 gift card!
If you have a picture of a recent Panel Built project, send it to for a chance to win a $25 gift card! All submissions become property of Panel Built, Inc. and may be used in future marketing material.

Project Picture of the Month – January 2013

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January 2013 Winner

Wall-to-Wall Mezzanine


607This month’s winner is (1 of 3) 60′ x 100′ mezzanines shown during installation for the US Army. Each mezzanines took about 2 weeks to install, and included 2 sets of internal stair systems and required installation of 2 roll up doors in the existing structure. Each mezzanine also came equipped with a lift gate on either end to allow pallets to be fork lifted onto the deck.
The mezzanine(s) were designed to fit the existing warehouse space exactly, requiring precise measurements and notching around the existing columns. Completed in three stages, Panel Built manufactured the mezzanine and related components, and was also responsible for the installation.

Project Picture of the Month – December 2012

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December 2012 Winner

Exterior Building on Range Tower


This month’s winner is a 10′ x 20′ exterior building on top of a 20′ x 30′ galvanized tower which stands 40′ tall on the coast of California. This project was sold by our tower specialist Kevin Thomsen back in October of 2011.

The 40′ tall tower was designed for Seismic 4 conditions and wind ratings of over 90 mph. Complete with public address system, lightning protection, and firing platforms, this tower was completed by a Panel Built installation crew in about 2 weeks.

602The range tower with building stands over 50 feet high and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It sits atop a mountain and can be seen 5-10 miles away, especially in the morning when the sun is reflected off the galvanized steel. The tower is utilized by the Military to oversee a variety of live fire training exercises. The tower was built in two weeks, required 100 hours of welding and a 65 ton crane to set the main steel and bracing.