A Monolithic Dome is basically shaped like a dome, though frequently with some variations. Our Dome construction uses an innovative process to produce a "MONOLITHIC" Dome, a single piece, seamless structure. The base structure contains openings for windows and doors, and extended portions of the dome to facilitate attachment or passage to other domes or existing structures. Larger floor areas are created by either building two or more domes adjacent to each other as an option to a larger single dome. The possibilities are endless.
Let's fully understand the Monolithic part of this, in case you are not sure. Monolithic is defined as: cast as a single piece; formed or composed of material without joints or seams. Our Dome is fabricated of concrete, sprayed continuously over the entire dome structure, thereby eliminating any seams or joints.
This method of construction results in a much greater building strength which is totally sealed against water and air leakage. The Dome's shell is composed of steel reinforced concrete, an outer layer of Polyurethane foam, then covered with a heavy PVC skin. Additional exterior coating material over the skin is optional.
The fun has just begun. As our tour continues, you will see how this type of structure offers security, strength and efficiency far beyond that of any other construction method.
The Basic Dome Structure
Our Dome uses an innovative process to produce a MONOLITHIC Dome, a single piece, seamless structure. This method of construction results in a much greater building strength which is totally sealed against water leakage. The Dome's shell is composed of steel reinforced concrete with an outer layer of Polyurethane foam, covered with a heavy PVC skin.
Attributes of the dome shape
A dome is simply a round arch, and that is certainly not new. An arch or dome principle distributes the stress of forces imposed on it to achieve greater strength. Domes and arches have been used in architecture for centuries, and they are everywhere in nature. Some uses are our skull, turtle shells and eggs. Eggs are actually very strong considering their thin shell made of very little material. Eskimo igloos use the dome shape and other cultures have used dome or round construction styles for thousands of years for resistance to natural forces.
The Value and Advantages of a Monolithic Dome
A Monolithic Dome is highly energy efficient, disaster resistant, cost effective, relatively low maintenance and attractive. They withstand the forces of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and even exterior fires such as brush fires.
Future cost savings are realized with much lower energy bills, both heating and cooling, reduced insurance rates, and immunity to rot and termites. The structure life is rated in centuries rather than years. Many owners calculate savings enough to recover the cost of construction within 20 years or less, but whatever the time period, a Monolithic Dome will eventually pay for itself via its efficiency.
Initial building costs are about the same as for a typical home. However, larger structures typically realize lower construction costs when compared to conventional construction.
Uses of Monolithic Domes
In addition to providing superior protection and security as a residence, Monolithic Domes are an advantage for virtually any building need you can think of. Some of the uses are schools, sports arenas, civic centers, retail stores, warehousing, manufacturing, aircraft hangers, and various types of utility, food and grain storage.