If you’re building a home, you’re likely considering how to design your dream kitchen, the number of bedrooms, and paint hues. But before you delve into crafting your home’s interior, you have an important consideration – what building materials will create the exterior of your home? Think beyond the traditional brick and wood. Concrete homes have several benefits for both buyers and builders. Learn about them here.
Increased Protection from the Elements
A concrete home provides protection from your region’s typical weather and insulates well. But it also helps protect your investment from severe inclement weather and natural disasters. The strength and durability of concrete are its principal benefits, as concrete is resistant to hurricanes, fires, and high winds. It naturally protects a home from pests that can disturb its structural integrity, for example, termites.
Concrete is an ecofriendly option for home construction. Materials are sourced locally, reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Builders can use recycled materials, such as fly and slag cement in the concrete frame, diverting waste from area landfills. At the end of a home’s life, much of the original building material can be recycled and used again.
Once built, concrete homes, particularly those that are light-colored, reduce heat islands and make your home naturally cooler. In the winter months, concrete provides natural insulation from the elements. This reduces heating costs.
Compared to structures made of wood and steel, concrete homes offer little fluctuation in temperature. Builders can design the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems with smaller-capacity equipment, which represents savings, both during construction and throughout the life of the home. The walls additionally act as barriers, which reduces the amount of air that can enter.
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
Because of the reduced air infiltration, it’s easier to maintain indoor air quality. Additionally, concrete has a low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emittance rate and won’t affect the quality of ambient air.
We want our homes to be safe havens of peace and quiet. A concrete home offers both. Superior sound protection offers refuge from the neighbor’s barking dog or teenage garage band. In interior spaces, concrete floors don’t creak like wood.
Concrete lends itself to open floor plans and interesting architecture, and your builder can finish it in a variety of textures. It also gives builders the freedom to use a variety of finishing materials, from hardwood to tile.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Since concrete is weather- and pest-resistant, it doesn’t require much maintenance. Homeowners can relax, knowing their investment is worry-free, economical, and energy-conscious.
Concrete homes are durable, aesthetically pleasing, and allow builders to have as much freedom as they desire. This building material adds value to a home, whether interior or exterior. Energy savings during the initial construction and throughout the life of the home makes concrete a desirable choice for new homeowners. To learn more about the benefits of concrete or to schedule a free estimate, contact us.
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Best Concrete Concepts, your local Wisconsin concrete contractor specializing in concrete construction, interior and exterior concrete applications and finishes. Contact us for your free estimate on ICF additions, new home construction flatwork such as driveways and sidewalks, or garage slabs.