20 Nov The Strongest Home Building Materials
When it comes to building a home from the ground up, you want to create something sturdy that can stand the test of time. Materials have come a long way with the help of technology and human-made creations, but there is something to be said about tried and true home building materials that continue to reign supreme today.
Here’s a quick overview of the most robust home building materials out there:
We all remember the “Three Little Pigs” children’s fable where the third pig creates a house from bricks that cannot be bested by the wolf. Brick continues to be one of the most impermeable materials out there. It’s durable, low-maintenance, can be painted in various colors to match your design, and they can literally weather the storm and elements.
It doesn’t get much more substantial than concrete, especially if you incorporate rebar into it. Many people rely on concrete as they’re building a structure because it’s affordable and extremely versatile. Like brick, it can be painted a color of your choice and poured concrete can be tinted to help achieve a particular look.
One of the best qualities of wood is that it’s lightweight and easy to work with. When wood is treated and used appropriately for the climate, it can be incredibly long-lasting. It also looks great when combined with other building materials to create a unique but heavy-duty exterior. Of course, if fire danger is a concern, wood may not be the best choice.
Steel has started to make its way into residential construction more and more. It is stable and supportive of other materials, making it an excellent choice for multi-story dwellings. Friends of the environment love how steel is recyclable too, so if you’re interested in building an eco-friendly home, steel may be a great option to consider.
Stone can be a tricky material to build with because it requires a tremendous amount of installation skill, and it’s also heavy and expensive. But there’s no denying its strength and durability, not to mention the fact that it’s fire-resistant. You may consider using stone for a portion of your exterior, combining it with other home building materials to keep the cost down and also enhance your architectural elevation.
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