Home building materials have a significant part. Today, it’s not only about the strength and endurance of the home but also about the economy, ecology, aesthetics, style and personal choice. With universal building codes the way they are, we can expect them to meet at least minimum standards of quality and longevity.
Understanding Your Choices of Structural Materials
If you are exploring options for the structural components of your new home, start with these choices. You can expand from here:
Traditional 2×4 and 2×6 stick built homes: Builders for this method are the easiest to find, and these homes are usually the least costly to build.
Steel Framed Homes: These are constructed much the same as the wood framed homes and can also come in pre-framed, factory built panels. They offer some additional green building benefits, being thought of as more sustainable by some authorities.
SIP built homes: Structural Insulated Panels are gaining popularity. These are structural panels that employ insulation as part of the strength of the wall system. There are several distinct kinds of panels and methods of designing. They are employed for walls but can be used for ceilings, floors, and the roof composition as well.
Timber framed homes: Commonly understood as Post and Beam, timber framed homes are often combined with SIP panels between the posts and beams. The timber offers the power as well as the original look and feels for the house. These kind of homes are most adored in the country and mountains as they are very rustic looking yet can have all the facilities of the modern homes.
Log homes: Today, log home materials are packed and shipped to your site and built according to the engineering specifications called for in whatever control the building is taking place. Unlike the olden days, log homes can have every modern amenity you want. Or, you can pick to make them as rustic and traditional as you wish.
ICF built homes: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are built as Legos might be stacked. Then they are reinforced with rebar (steel) and filled with concrete. These compact exterior homes provide for extra strength and insulation values that save on energy consumption in most cases.
Insulated cement tilted up panels: Less popular for homes but used in smaller buildings, cement tilt up walls offer rapid construction times and thermal advantages for homes as well. Some of these panels are constructed of two cement panels that sandwich insulating foam on the inside.
Straw/hay bale homes: As talked about as these homes are from time to time, they are still somewhat of a novelty. They do work, however. For the small number of homes built each year, there is an abundance of materials available. The bales offer structural benefits as well as insulation. You can build them to look just like any other home. And, no, the big bad wolf cannot blow this house down.
There are much more structural choices for building a home. You may wish to find them. It didn’t include things like brick and cedar homes because they are largely
The costs for each will vary, but considering the overall cost of your entire project, the cost impact of different structural components will only alter the completed home’s value by 0 – 10% on average.
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