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5 No-Fail Building Materials That Will Last You A Lifetime

Make the most of your investment by giving it a proper foundation

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Building your first home is an exciting time, but it is not always as easy as it sounds. From the logistics to the design, there are a lot of decisions to make—including choosing the construction materials that will be used. How will you know which is best for your future house? The key is to research and learn what to expect from each structure component. To help you get started, we’ve made a handy list of the most practical items you can work with: 

Wood

Before man discovered concrete and stone, wood was the primary material for building homes and has maintained its reputation as a top choice for construction until today. It is popular among bungalows, log cabins and patios because of its rustic charm. However, while it can last for decades, it has some disadvantages—it’s vulnerable to moisture damage, predation of termites and it can be a risky fire hazard, too. 

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Stone

If you’re looking for a substantial foundation for your home, stone should be on top of your list. It resists deforming, it is immune to most elements and it can withstand fire. Nowadays, there are a lot of other building options available that mimic the look of stone but it is still a favorite amongst contractors for its durability and visual value. 

Drywall

Drywall, more commonly known as plasterboard, is made up of two paperboards that sandwich gypsum, a powdery white or gray sulfate mineral. More often than not, it is brushed off as a basic material—people are always surprised that it is moisture- and fire-resistant in addition to being as robust as wood. 

Concrete 

Concrete is an amassed combination of stones, sand, and cement. It is the best and most ideal material for putting up walls, beams, and frames. It can also be used with metal rods and mesh to make a flexible and economical medium for foundations. 

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Steel

Steel is a staple in every builder's toolkit as it can be embedded in concrete to provide support or a main component in footing. Not only that, this recyclable substance can easily be welded, melted and maneuvered in any place or shape, making it an economical choice for any commercial space or even for people who practice sustainable living. 

SOURCES: HowStuffWorks: Home & Garden and About Home Design

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