CONSTRUCTION: Factors to consider when choosing building materials

26 Mar, 2015 - 00:03 0 Views

The Herald

When building your home, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is the materials to use.

The building materials you select will determine the overall look of the house.

There is a wide choice of building materials available in the market and it can be difficult to determine the best option for your building project.

Cost

One important consideration when choosing building materials is the cost.

When looking at building materials, you will realise that the price differs widely. As a rule of thumb, it is not always advisable to look for the cheapest products.

You need to consider the lifespan or value of the products you are getting. When you buy cheap materials, you may end up having to replace them frequently and this ends up being expensive.

Choose building materials that will serve you well for a long time and this will end up being cost-efficient.

Aesthetics

When choosing materials, you need to consider the look you want.

People have different tastes and requirements and what one person considers attractive, may not appeal to the next person.

Only you know what kind of house you would like to live in. The type of roof you choose can change the look of the house. You may like a particular type of roofing material, or maybe you like stone masonry buildings. The choices you make, as well as your budget, will determine the materials you can select.

Durability

Some materials last longer than others last, and are more resistant to decay, moisture and other environmental hazards.

Choose the most appropriate materials for the weather condition and make sure that they are long-lasting. It is important to consult experts when choosing building materials. They will help you to determine the materials that are most suitable for your needs.

Supplier

Choosing the right supplier is very important, as it will determine the quality of the materials you get.

Make sure that you buy good quality materials that will enhance the appearance of the home while also being long lasting.

The supplier should be able to offer you complete service that includes transporting the materials to the site.

Availability

It is always advisable to buy readily available materials. This will help to ensure that you do not have to wait for long to get the materials you need.

Buying from a local source will help you to save on shipping costs as well as avoiding building delays.

Readily available materials are also more affordable, and this will help to lower the construction costs.

Installation or construction

When selecting materials, you need to consider the installation or construction process.

Depending on the material you select, you may need to get specialised personnel for complicated installations, and this is an additional cost.

Some materials may also release dust and other pollutants that can be harmful to those working on the site.

Performance

Select materials that have the structural capability to support the building loads. When choosing the roofing materials, for example, you need to make sure that the building structure can effectively support the material, for the entire life of the building.

The materials selected should also make it possible for the occupants to live comfortably without any adverse effects like those caused by harmful chemical emissions.

Maintenance

The best materials are those that are easy to maintain. Maintenance will help to keep the building looking good for long.

Good quality building materials will usually require less maintenance than cheaper materials.

You need to consider the life of the building and the best way to make sure that it continues looking good for long.

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