Concrete Walls Amarillo
Concrete Walls in Amarillo TX
Concrete house construction provides homeowners with many benefits, including energy-efficiency, durability, and low-maintenance. Also, concrete homes create a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment, along with contributing positively to the environment. Many of these benefits provide homeowners with long-term financial savings.
Two wall systems commonly used to build concrete homes include concrete blocks and insulated concrete forms. Both methods furnish the many benefits of concrete house construction. However, unlike ICF walls, concrete blocks provide little thermal resistance, so to achieve sufficient energy efficiency, the walls require an application of insulation. In addition, builders can easily and quickly construct an ICF wall, compared to complicated and time-consuming concrete block construction. The lack of thermal resistance and the complexity of concrete block construction make ICF the best way to construct below and above-grade walls for any home.
Benefits of Concrete House Construction
1. Energy-Efficient Houses
The high thermal mass of tightly sealed concrete walls, along with insulation, prevents drafting and creates an airtight high-performing, energy-efficient home.
Concrete mass slows the movement of heat through a wall compared to wood. So, a concrete home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than a wood-framed house with the same amount of insulation. Concrete also limits air leakage, compared to wood-frame construction – air leakage accounts for the most significant percentage of energy loss in a home.
2. Resists Rot, Rust, and Insects
Concrete home construction provides a more durable wall system over wood and steel. Concrete walls do not rot when exposed to moisture by wind-driven rain, diffusion, or airflow. Unlike steel, concrete does not rust when exposed to moisture.Concrete walls resist termites. Unfortunately, termites can destroy wood houses and cause thousands of dollars in repairs.
3. Creates Low Maintenance Homes
Concrete construction creates low-maintenance homes with wall systems that hold their shape and integrity for decades.The exterior of a concrete wall more effectively resists damage from wind and heavy rains than a wood-frame wall. Typical facades for a concrete wall include stucco, brick, or a concrete texture product – none of these products require painting. A solid and robust exterior concrete wall won’t dent, and therefore resists damage from hail and flying debris.
4. Fire Resistance
Fire-resistant concrete walls more effectively resist damage from fire and limit the spread of flames, compared to wood and steel. During a fire, steel can melt, and wood can burn.
5. Earthquake Resistance
Homes built with steel-reinforced concrete walls provide the stiffness, strength, and ductility to withstand the destructive forces of earthquakes. Reinforced concrete walls resist the compression and tensile forces produced by an earthquake. A study at Construction Technology Laboratories (CTL) found that a lightly reinforced concrete shear wall has over six times the racking load resistance of a wood-framed wall.
Unfortunately, while the flexibility (ductility) of a wood-frame provides some protection during an earthquake, it does not provide enough strength to keep the connection between the foundation and walls secure.
6. Wind Resistance
Concrete construction produces homes that can stand up to the severe winds of a hurricane or tornado. In fact, researchers at the National Wind Institute of Texas Tech University found that the strength of concrete walls can withstand 250-mile-an-hour winds and flying debris.
7. Healthy Homes
Concrete houses provide healthy environments with fewer airborne allergens, molds, and toxins than most wood-frame houses. A concrete wall system limits the infiltration of outside allergens to the inside of the house. Concrete resists mold and mildew more than wood. Mold can cause headaches, severe respiratory infections, and immune system disorders. Concrete emits less volatile organic compounds (VOC) than wood. VOCs can irritate the throat, eyes, and nose. VOCs can also cause nausea, headaches, and damage to the kidney, liver, and central nervous system.
8. Produces Excellent Acoustics
The mass and rigidity of concrete more effectively reduces the transmission of unwanted noise and sound in a home more than other building products, like steel and wood.
9. Design Flexibility
Concrete allows architects tremendous flexibility with their designs. The free-flowing nature of concrete permits architects to incorporate more unique shapes and custom features into their home designs, than wood and steel houses.
Also, builders can easily adjust the concrete walls for a home during the construction process without delaying production.
10. Environmentally Friendly
Concrete house construction creates minimal waste because the manufacturer can produce exact amounts of concrete for a project. Also, builders can break recyclable concrete down to rubble and reuse for other construction projects.
Concrete offers several other green benefits:
- Uses less energy to heat and cool.
- Acquiring and manufacturing of materials comes from local sources, reducing transportation energy.
- The service life extends the time between reconstruction, repair, and maintenance – and thereby, the associated environmental impacts.
- Absorbs CO2 throughout its lifetime which helps reduce its carbon footprint.
- The production of concrete uses much less energy (0.33 percent of energy consumption in the U.S.) compared to steel (1.8 percent) and wood production (0.5 percent)
11. Long-Term Economic Advantages
While concrete houses can cost more to build than wood-frame houses, concrete homes save money over time with lower utility and maintenance expenses. Concrete homes provide excellent protection from fires, severe weather, and break-ins. Therefore, homeowners of concrete houses may obtain a lower home insurance rate than those with wood-frame homes. The design often allows for smaller-capacity equipment for the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning – a further savings for homeowners. Concrete homes often provide an increase in resale value over their wood-framed neighbors.
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