Home Building Materials


Brick is the most important home building material that yields a certain style for any type of home. Bricks come in a variety of textures and are used to construct structural and veneer walls. Fiber cement is a home building material that is extremely stable and durable. Fiber cement is made from a mixture of cellulose fiber material, Portland cement and silica sand, along with water and other additives. It is an excellent product to use in high-moisture areas. A mixture of wet fiber, cement and sand produce siding sheets that can be used as horizontal tap siding. Stucco, which is another type of home building material, is used to cover exterior and interior walls and to adorn the background of a wall. Stucco is an exterior that has low-maintenance, but when it cracks or breaks it has to be repaired, as it is sensitive to humidity and other elements.

Lumber is another home building material that is used in a number of ways. The basic component that protects homes from weather conditions is siding. Siding can be chosen based on several factors such as appearance, price, maintenance, insulation value, durability for climate etc. Some types of siding are aluminum g, vinyl, cement and steel.

Using steel in the construction has become very common as it is highly durable and requires only minimal maintenance. It is resistant to fire and recyclable.

There are three types of roofing used in the building industry — fiber-cement shingles, asphalt shingles and wood shakes. Fiber-cement shingles add extra weight to buildings, whereas asphalt shingles are lightweight. One of the most widely used shingles in the United States is wood shakes. Wood shakes have outstanding insulation and are considered the best among the three shingles.

Five types of countertop materials for kitchen counters are laminate, solid surfacing, natural stone, ceramic tile and wood. The most popular kitchen countertop surface in the US is the laminate type.


Source by Thomas Morva