If you are considering building a new home and consulting with builders and architects, it helps to know the different techniques that could be used in the construction process. This will help you decide which approach is best for your needs.
This process is a traditional building method that requires the construction of the skeleton of your home out of wood, ceiling joists, roof trusses, and rafts before the flooring is installed. While most walls are built on-site, some homes using this method have pre-built wall panels added to this frame. Traditional framing is a popular building technique and has been used in homes throughout the United States.
Modular homes are constructed off-site and transported to the location of the home to be assembled quickly. The structure of a modular home is often similar to traditional stick framing. Modular homes are usually pre-designed, but builders can knit various modules together to create a custom-built home. Other features can be added on-site by your builders for a more personalized design.
Instead of a wooden frame like traditional stick framing, light gauge steel can be used as the framework of your home design. One great advantage of this method is that there are no issues with rot or shrink, and you will not experience any damage due to termites, which can seriously damage wooden frames. Steel is likely to last for a longer amount of time and is less likely to warp or lead to drywall cracks.
One downside of steel framing is that they are usually more expensive, and the price fluctuates more than other materials, so that it may take up a larger percentage of your budget. Steel can also lead to challenges for plumbers and electricians who will have to work around them. While this is possible, it can be a lengthier process.
This type of material is commonly used in commercial buildings. However, it is becoming more popular in residential buildings due to its longevity.
One of the most popular modern building techniques is the use of concrete. Often used in the foundation of homes to provide a solid base, it can also be used in walls when they are usually worked around a wooden frame.
There are different types of concrete installations that can be used in the home, each with its own advantages. Concrete masonry units are built with concrete blocks which are then covered with insulation. This method means that homes stay cooler in the heat, and it is commonly used in states in the South.
Autoclave Aerated Concrete (or AAC blocks) is a type of masonry unit specifically made with Portland cement, aluminum, and fly ash. The reaction between the materials causes tiny air bubbles inside the blocks that act as insulation, keeping homes warm.
Insulated Concrete forms are assembled directly on-site and usually work alongside steel rods that reinforce them. These are ideal in every climate and are valued more than wooden frames. This method is particularly popular in areas that face hurricanes or high winds as they provide extra stability compared to other building methods.
There are many different building techniques to choose from. We hope this short guide will give you a basic understanding of each type so that you can discuss the best method for your home with your builder. Most importantly, ensure that your builder is experienced and qualified to help create the home of your dreams. If you are located in the New Hampshire area, we can help advise you on what technique is best for your home. Contact Belanger Built today. We would love to hear from you.