Concrete vs. Wood Home Construction

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Home construction has been the center of heated debates for many years. Some suggest that the benefits of wood construction far outweigh the benefits of concrete construction, while others suggest that concrete is the far smarter choice. With so many differing opinions out there, it can be difficult to know which type of material is the better choice for your home construction. So to help make the decision a little easier, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of both.

Wood Home Construction

Wood construction is one of the most popular forms of building methods for homes across the United States and parts of Europe – and for good reason. In most cases, wood is light and it allows for quick and easy construction without the hassle of hiring heavy machinery and large cash injections. But, like any building material, it has its own pros and cons.

Pros of wood construction

  • It’s faster

    It almost goes without saying that wood frame homes can be put together much faster than concrete homes. Not only is wood is much lighter than brick, but, in some cases, entire homes can be constructed in a factory and simply transferred to the building site for the final construction process.

  • It’s more cost-effective

    Building with wood generally results in a 30% quicker turnaround time than building with concrete; a quicker turn around time means less expenses on your part.

  • It’s easier to remodel

    It is much simpler and less expensive to add features such as windows and doors to wooden homes than it is to concrete structures.

Cons of wood construction

  • It’s less termite resistant

    Because termites love wood, wood frame homes are more likely to have termite problems than concrete homes.

  • It’s less resistant to moisture

    Even though most wood frame homes are wrapped in a moisture resistant material, moisture can find its way in through small openings. If water or moisture does happen to find its way into a wood wall, it does much more damage than to a brick and mortar wall.

Concrete Home Construction

Concrete construction has long been a staple in Florida home design for many reasons. Some of which include structural benefits and low-maintenance living. Here are some of the pros and cons of building with concrete.

Pros of concrete construction

  • It’s more resistant to moisture

    Brick and mortar walls have the ability to soak up small amounts of water that may find its way through the stucco. This means that your interior is less likely to get damaged over time.

  • It’s more energy efficient

    In most cases, homes built with concrete walls require a lot less energy to heat and cool than wooden structures.

  • It promotes a healthier indoor environment

    Because concrete homes are not made primarily of organic materials, they are less likely to support the growth of mold, mildew and other harmful microorganisms

Cons of concrete construction

  • It’s less cost-effective

    Because concrete construction involves the use of heavy materials, they require deep foundations. This means that there will be more building costs involved.

  • It will take longer to build

    Concrete homes are much more labor intensive to build than wooden homes. Not only does this make them less cost-effective but it also makes the building process much slower.

Wood and concrete construction both have equally compelling pros and cons; and while this may make your decision process seem quite daunting, the best thing to do it so talk to a trusted home construction company to help you make the smart choice.

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