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Concrete – A Non-Combustible Alternative to Homes
Concrete is not the traditional method for home construction however, it is becoming one of the favorites for many home owners. Concrete is used when discussing foundations and or retaining walls because of the sheer strength, so why not use concrete for the entire home? Concrete homes are more than just strong, they are energy efficient, quiet, pest proof, and most importantly very safe. They are non-combustible and create a healthier indoor environment, due to the fact that they do not support the growth of mold or mildew. Some concrete homes qualify for tax credits and require less repair and maintenance.
Concrete vs Wood
Concrete home owners usually can save around 20% annually on heating and cooling costs when compared to traditional wood framed methods. Concrete when paired with energy efficient windows and doors, can result in even more savings.
Concrete is a very dense and heavy material which will greatly reduce the amount of loud noises penetrating the exterior walls. Even when taking into consideration the noise that will travel through windows and doors, home owners can still expect about a home that is more than 50% quieter than a wood-framed home.
With the increase in wild fires throughout the United States, home owners are forced to make a stand for the future of homes in these areas. Concrete stands as a leading candidate for safe long lasting homes. Not only does concrete withstand intense flames of over 2000 degrees F for hours, the plastic foams used in ICF construction are treated with fire retardant materials. Insurance companies will also recognize a concrete home as safer than traditional homes, another way that a concrete home will save you money.
It seems that all Home Owners are looking at the “Green” side of construction when making their material decisions. This has caused the research and development in new sustainable materials to skyrocket. Sustainable materials not only create less waste and are healthier for the environment, they also maximize the performance of your home. When a material creates an efficient home, that in turn reduces the amount of energy and natural resources needed to sustain that home.
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