When erecting a new structure, it’s common to go with wood, especially for residential construction. However, some choices offer more strength and longevity. Here’s how they compare.
Steel and Titanium
The recent advancements in alloys have made metal an excellent option for construction. You’ll want to consider titanium vs niobium alloyed structural steel, or perhaps a combination of both. Niobium alloyed structural steel is superior for framing because it is inexpensive, quick to assemble, and can support substantial weight. A titanium exterior is not only incredibly durable but develops a film over time that produces prismatic shifts in color.
Concrete and Stone
People have been using concrete and stone since well, the Stone Age. Natural stone remains a popular choice for flooring, showers, and countertops, while concrete is a modern alternative. A fully stone structure is impressive, but not as practical because it’s one of the most expensive, labor-intensive methods. Concrete is one of the most versatile materials. Since it begins as a liquid, contractors can pour it into any form. It’s an environmentally friendly composite based in cement which is crushed limestone, clay, and silica sand.
Lumber and Engineered Wood
If you’re building in a region with lush forests and sustainable harvesting, timber is readily available. Carpenters are plentiful, and the look of wood is warm and comforting. While fir is the most common wood used in framing, you may also use pine, oak, or for a more luxurious choice, cedar. There are also extensive options for engineered wood. Choose engineered wood with a low volatile organic compound to maintain optimal air quality.
Building materials range from the classic and timeless, to the modern and trendy. They can all be used in harmony with each other to create lasting and beautiful edifices to human engineering.