The Main Home Construction Materials & Their Uses

Home is where the heart is and these days it is quicker and easier than ever to build a home due to better craftsmanship and the materials that are easier to work with. There are a number of different materials that are used in the construction of a home that are used in different ways – keep reading to find out what a few of the main materials and what their uses are.

Concrete

Concrete is a material that is used in home construction in a number of ways, including for the foundation, floors and walls. It is easy to see why as concrete is a material that is readily available, it is strong, durable and low maintenance.

Wood

Wood is often said to be the skeleton of the home and it is usually how a new property is first formed. Wood is usually cut or pressed into timber, which can then be used for beams, boards and planks to establish the frame of the house. Wood is a material that has been used in construction for thousands of years and is still a key material today. This is because it has many beneficial properties in construction, including being lightweight yet strong, readily available and with high tensile strength. Additionally, wood is a desirable feature in interior design with hardwood flooring and wooden beams being popular features. Builders also use plywood in kitchen and bathroom construction as a material that is practical and attractive.

Steel

Steel is a construction material that is not just used in homes but also tall modern buildings and large industrial facilities. This is due to the fact that the metal alloy is incredibly strong, relatively lightweight and resistant to corrosion and oxidation.

Stone

Stone was the material of choice when building homes long before steel and concrete were available and it is still used today and a desirable material. Stone buildings can last for thousands of years and there are different types of stone that can be used in different ways. Although a desirable material, it can be difficult to work with largely due to its density and weight. Additionally, stone is not the best insulator as it is difficult to keep warm.

Brick

Brick is one of the most common materials that is used in home construction, especially in the UK. Bricks are used with mortar to build the home’s exterior and have many beneficial properties, including being thermally stable, weather-resistant, affordable and available.

These are a few of the more common building materials that are used by builders when constructing a home. There are many materials that are used in home construction, some of which have been used for thousands of years while others are more modern.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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