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.