Throughout the 20th century, innovations in concrete allowed engineers across the country to tackle ever more ambitious building projects. The incredible advantages of this amazing material allow builders to create massive structures, but it also has benefits for residential properties as well.
Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider reinforced concrete or blocks over traditional wood-frame construction:
- Sustainability: Due to its excellent thermal retention qualities, concrete houses typically require much less energy to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, resulting in lower utility expenses and a smaller carbon footprint. In fact, concrete production also requires considerably less energy than wood, metal, or other construction materials.
- Durability: As an inert, non-porous material, concrete is immune to the effects of mold and largely resistant to moisture. Concrete will not become less effective as it ages, and may perform well for decades with very little maintenance.
- Fire Resistance: Unlike wood frame construction, concrete walls are extremely fire resistant and can effectively prevent flames from spreading through the building. This material offers a level of fire safety few other materials can match.
- Added Strength: If you live in an area prone to hurricanes and tornadoes, concrete walls provide a level of protection against these serious risks. In laboratory tests, concrete walls survive tornado conditions with little to no structural damage. Even if you're not vulnerable to these weather conditions, concrete walls can still survive extreme storms that would destroy wood-frame walls.
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