Concrete has always been the material of choice for most construction projects. Instead of raising a structure brick-by-brick, concrete is poured into available aluminum concrete forms for sale from sellers like LECO Concrete Forms & Supply so that each wall is one single block. The forms are then removed to provide a smoother concrete wall that can support the overall structure. There are several advantages for using this concrete forming system in home building.
Concrete starts off as a semi-solid, with home builders usually mixing the concrete on site. The concrete is then poured into the form. Instead of the traditional way of building a home, which is slower than if builders used durable concrete forming systems, concrete is simply allowed to harden inside the forms. Once set, the forms can then be removed, and the concrete set up or attached to other component parts, such as walls to other walls, until the home is built. The speed of construction can be convenient for those looking to have their house ready sooner. Furthermore, the malleability of the forms into which concrete is poured gives homeowners a chance to be creative in their design—there’s room as it is to create asymmetric walls and non-standard shapes, given their flexibility.
Concrete is highly durable and long-lasting. Unlike wood, concrete walls are not weakened by mold, pests, or rot. There is less to worry about on maintenance issues. One only has to look at the many Roman-era buildings in Europe to see how concrete has survived the test of time. The Coliseum has stood for over a thousand years. Non-porous and compact, concrete doesn’t lose its hardness or any of its enduring qualities over time. A house made of concrete can withstand fire and flooding.
Concrete foundations and walls, as long as they are intact, can resist water entry into the home, protecting valuables. Also, concrete walls can’t be set on fire, thus there is little to fear about toxic fumes from fires flaming around concrete walls. If you want a home that will weather disasters and can brace itself against the test of time, building with concrete is your best choice.
Concrete is environmentally sustainable. It is easy to create and it also produces less carbon dioxide during production. Concrete makers, on average, have been generating only 79 kilograms of CO2 for every ton of concrete produced, and only consuming 1.4 Gigajoules per ton in terms of energy. The material manages to keep controlled indoor temperature longer, thus reducing wasteful energy leak from your home.
As the top building component for home building, concrete will make your house stand solid, sturdy against the weather and time’s wear and tear.
(Source: Sustainability Benefits of Concrete, World Business Council for Sustainable Development)