In most cases, a concrete home is seen as unconventional as such type is not built using brick or with timber frame structure. We can’t avoid the fact that there are some people that building a house with concrete is not that pleasing to the eye as compared to a brick house. But designers and architects guarantee that conventional modern homes would still look aesthetically attractive.
However, if your idea of a concrete house is the one that resembles a battlefield bunker, you have to reconsider. The majority of concrete homes look the same as that of a conventional wood-frame houses today, but there is so much more than what meets the eye. Concrete homes are constructed with different methods. The majority of them, especially in coastal areas that are prone to storm, they have concrete block walls. However, more builders today opt for insulated concrete forms as they provide added insulation and are easy to use.
Some other approaches would include removable concrete forms and cast-in-place, panel systems and newer methods that feature sprayed-on or aerate concrete. Regardless of how they are made, one thing is for sure, building a house with concrete offers powerful benefits to homeowners.
A concrete home is able to withstand a 250 mile an hour wind and even wind-borne debris. It is always a practical choice to be living in a place that is capable of withstanding strong forces.
Today, the price of energy has become so high and expensive. This is one reason why many people choose to have their homes be built of concrete. Such has a thermal mass of walls and its tight seals at joints allow the home to excel at keeping air in while keeping extreme temperatures out.
The concrete home’s tight building envelope means that they have fewer and hot and cold areas and lesser draftiness.
A concrete wall is capable of filtering out the noise coming from outside.
Concrete will not harbor the insects and rot that may cause deterioration of frame houses. At the same time, a concrete house has a longer life expectancy that can even last for centuries.
In case of fire, a concrete home will not burn and even prevent the spread of fire.
Concrete houses only need less energy for heating and cooling. Also, concrete walls conserve resources by making use of fewer wood products. In most case, they only use lumber for interior framing. They even provide healthy environments with lesser air-borne allergens, contaminants, and mold than frame house. Moreover, their indoor air is cleaner.
Concrete houses often cost a lot to more to build compared to frame house. But once they are constructed, you can begin to see the benefits in terms of bigger savings.
With all these benefits, it is no wonder why we see more concrete houses as the more preferred option by homeowners.