The next time you have to plan a home renovation, make sure you consider including concrete in your list of building materials. Unlike wood and other surfaces, concrete is able to withstand Melbourne’s impulsive and vast weather systems. Melbourne is no stranger to natural disasters such as severe storms, floods and bushfires. When you utilise concrete as a building material, you are protecting your property from Melbourne’s wild weather while opting for a highly sustainable and versatile material.
Let’s consider 6 of the key benefits of using concrete to build a Melbourne home:
1. You will save money over the lifetime of your home.
You might assume that concrete is a costly building material compared to timber or other materials but in reality you may actually save money by building with concrete when you factor in life-cycle costs and maintenance requirements. You will save money on heating and cooling costs as concrete is a material with high thermal mass meaning it has a good ability to absorb and retain heat. For example, concrete house slabs used in flooring can be designed so that they can absorb heat from the sun and re-radiate it for several hours afterwards.
2. Concrete is a sustainable building material.
The raw materials used to make concrete are prevalent in most parts of the world. This means that builders can source them locally and reduce CO2 emissions resulting from transportation. Concrete is environmentally friendly as it is 100% recyclable. Concrete is one of the most recycled construction materials in the world.
3. Concrete is highly durable and weather-resistant.
If your reinforcement is correctly designed and placed, and the concrete is placed and compacted properly in such a way that there are no voids or porous areas, concrete slabs and other concrete structures have an almost unlimited life span.
Concrete is highly resistant to weathering action such as wind, hurricanes, floods and fire as well as chemical attack and abrasion.
4. Concrete reduces your homes vulnerability to pests
Insects are not drawn to concrete and rarely live in or on concrete, so you don’t have to worry about the financial or environmental costs of pesticides or pest control. Concrete barriers can be used to create termite barriers.
5. Concrete prevents air leakage
Air leakage from the uncontrolled movement of air through joints and gaps in building material can be a significant cause of heat loss. Appropriately designed and constructed concrete slabs and other structures will achieve low air leakage levels.
6. Concrete may be the world’s most versatile building material
Concrete is arguably the world’s most versatile building material, with an extremely wide range of applications around the home. Paths and driveways, foundations for buildings, flooring and walls, are just of few the practical residential applications of concrete.
Contact Icon Concrete today to discuss how concrete can be used effectively in your Melbourne home renovation project.