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Construction can at times seem to be quite an ordinary thing. But the fact is that it is quite beneficial to have a deeper insight of the available construction materials and be familiar with the pros and the cons of each. After all, you would want the structure that is being constructed to last for many decades to come while still strong. Being familiar with the pros and cons of these materials is important in making a decision about the materials to use for your construction.


Wood is known to be the most popular construction material. This can be owed to the fact that it bears so many advantages and disadvantages. There are different types of wood available. The different wood types have different properties and consequently distinct uses. It is, thus, important to be familiar with the different types of wood and their properties. If the wrong wood is used, then that is a potential recipe for disaster. One of the beauties of wood is that it greatly increases curb appeal. The downside is that it is vulnerable to fire, decay, and even water damage. If you consider wood for your construction, consider the strength of the wood. You can use stronger wood for the foundation and the medium-soft wood for framing.

Brick and Block

Bricks and blocks are one of the most incredible construction materials. They can withstand just about any kind of environment while providing strong support for your structure. Furthermore, bricks are environmentally friendly since most are manufactured with renewable materials. One of the major benefits of bricks and block is that they are great insulators which is advantageous when the cold season sets in. They are also durable. However, they do require keen construction due to their heavy weight. Also, porous bricks are highly vulnerable to mold.


Concrete is basically made of sand, cement, water, and air. The ratio in which the components are mixed depends on the strength to be achieved and the structure to be constructed. An important fact to know is that air is a very important component of concrete and plays a critical role in ensuring the strength and durability of the structure constructed using concrete.

Recycled Steel

The use of recycled steel is taking root in the construction scene. It is increasingly becoming a sound replacement for wood. Recycled steel provides more strength, ensuring that the structure can withstand tougher conditions. In as much as it is strong, recycled steel does not measure up to the aesthetic properties that wood offers. It is also quite heavy, hence injuries during construction tend to occur more often. The somewhat higher cost is yet another small but notable disadvantage of recycled steel.

Precious Metal

While precious metals have been greatly associated with adornments and exciting jewelry, they are actually some of the strongest materials available and can be perfect for construction. Titanium, silver, and copper are often used in the construction of structures due to their conductivity and the strength they provide. They are great catalysts, are resistant to corrosion, and have expandable uses. However, they are usually reserved for finer applications.

When planning your construction project, do some research and find out the type of material that can withstand the prevailing weather conditions of that particular area. The ultimate goal should be to construct a structure that is strong, durable, and beautiful. If you’d like more information regarding construction projects, contact T.F. Harper & Associates LP, located in Austin, TX.

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