Concrete

Let’s talk about concrete. There are many benifits to using concrete in your projects.

Benefits

  • Concrete offers superior protection against storms and criminal activity. A high percentage of new banks use concrete, reinforced with steel, in the construction process, including interior concrete walls. Additionally, concrete construction offers a high level of fire resistance and decreases unwanted noise.

Types

  • There are two basic methods of using concrete in building. The first is the erection of pre-cast concrete walls that come from the manufacturer with pre-determined window and door openings and conduit already installed for mechanical applications. Many commercial franchises use this type of construction to keep all their stores similar. The second method requires forming the walls individually and pouring them on-site. If a residence requires concrete walls, the latter method is employed, often with Styrofoam forms that later serve as insulation.

Function

  • Concrete walls offer a low-maintenance method of permanent construction. In commercial applications, concrete is superior to wood framing when the structure must be completed quickly. A wall that takes two weeks to complete with wood framing can be poured in a few hours and cured in two days. Where noise from a busy street is an issue, concrete offers an acoustic buffer for those inside the building.

Considerations

  • Before pouring concrete walls, all the mechanical aspects are taken into consideration during the forming process. Doorways, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing and ductwork require placement before the walls are poured. Spend extra time developing the building design, since remodeling a concrete structure is cost prohibitive.

Warning

  • Concrete construction is not recommended for locations where the soil shifts unless a floating foundation is a part of the design. Because even slight movement and settling will result in cracks and fissures, concrete building on this type of soil requires a special foundation or the use of pylons installed deeply in the bedrock beneath the structure.

Historical Disadvantages

  • Years ago concrete wasn’t appealing to look at. In today’s age, the decorative concrete practices, Stucco and Cultured Stone – and many more options are used and they look great!

Construction Strength

  • Increased safety that better withstand hurricane, tornado and earthquake when steel reinforcements and poured concrete are added in the central hollow space of the block walls.

Insulation Advantages

  • Every climate benefits from the thick wall construction that keeps the outside temperatures from entering interior spaces. There aren’t many reasons why you shouldn’t build using concrete.

Insurance Advantages

  • Lower insurance premiums are the among the financial advantages of concrete block homes. In addition to being more resistant to wind, concrete block is not vulnerable to fire, mold and termites. The less risk to the insurance company, the greater the savings to the homeowner.  Savings will vary across the country and other individual factors of the home.

Appraisal Value

  • The materials and labor costs to construct concrete block homes are less expensive than a wood frame home, affecting the the price per square foot when establishing new home values. This may be a deciding factor for professional home builders in regions where the market lacks knowledge regarding the many advantages of concrete block homes.

Environmentally Friendly

  • Concrete block homes are considered “green,” or environmentally friendly. The blocks are made from sustainable resources that are recyclable. Since the homes are not subject to the same damage as wood, the fewer major repairs will lessen the impact on landfills. In addition, the long-term savings of electricity and heating fuels preserve valuable resources.