Wood and concrete have been used in construction for thousands of years. Both materials are readily available and are strong and durable. We’ll take a look at some pros and cons of each material below. For more in-depth breakdowns, check out our blog.
We may be biased, but we think concrete is pretty great. In all seriousness, concrete is the most commonly used building material today. It’s durable and strong, low maintenance and won’t rust, and absorbs and retains heat, which is great for building efficiency. The downsides are it can be more expensive than other materials, it can be a slower building process to work with, and it’s heavy, which makes it difficult to transport.
Wood is also a great choice, and definitely has some advantages. Contrary to concrete, wood is light and relatively easy to transport. It’s also inexpensive, and it’s a natural resource. The downsides of wood are that it can grow mold and have moisture problems, causing compromise to the structure’s integrity. It’s also susceptible to damage from fire, water, and termites.
Concrete takes more resources to produce than wood; however, concrete lasts much longer. It produces little waste when being made, as you can make batches appropriately for the project you need. Learn more about green concrete production initiatives on our blog.
Safety is another important concern in any building project. Wood is vulnerable to external threats like wind damage from a storm, as well as termites, mold, or fire threats. While concrete is stronger and more durable, it too poses some safety risks. If a concrete structure were to collapse, anyone nearby could be seriously injured.
No need to worry though; no matter what material we’re using, we build with safety in mind. Do you want more advice? Visit our website; we’d love to talk to you!