One of the most important steps in a home building project is the choice of materials. With so many different materials to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right choice.
We help you through this mini-guide to choose between wood and breeze block. These are currently the two most common materials used in the construction of new homes.
Wood-frame houses: an ecological choice requiring regular maintenance
Wood-frame houses are very fashionable at the moment. Indeed, wood is a 100% ecological material that can be easily adapted to all types of construction.
Advantages of a wooden house
A wooden house is essentially based on horizontal and vertical wooden parts. This allows for a fairly large living area and has the advantage of being less cumbersome.
In addition, building a wooden house is quite easy, and it takes little time. Professionals spend more time doing the earthwork than the timber frame construction.
In addition, it should be noted here that the establishment of a wooden house is cheaper. This allows you to furnish it better, because you will save on the purchase of materials.
Wood is known to be a good insulator, both in summer and winter.
Disadvantages of a wooden house
The major disadvantage of a wood-frame house is maintenance. In fact, wood is very sensitive to UV rays and humidity. It therefore requires an appropriate treatment to ensure its durability.
For example, the varnish the paint in the house must be done every 7 years, or even more frequently if the house has a strong exposure to UV rays. In addition, it should be noted here that finding a company that specializes in this type of construction is a more complicated operation than for a more traditional house. Not all of them master the characteristics of wood.
Breeze block house: a solid house, but quite expensive
The breeze block, also called concrete block or rubble, is the most widely used material in France for building houses. Like wood, the use of this building material has advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of a breeze block house
The breeze block can be a 100% recyclable material made from gravel, sand and cement. Having a low density compared to cement, it has a good thermal quality. It is ideal for use in reinforced insulation blocks.
Similarly, the use of breeze blocks allows you to insulate your house well (thermal or acoustic insulation). With a density of around 1,950 kg/m3, it is recommended for large-scale projects.
Construction takes longer than a wood-frame house.
Disadvantages of a cinder block home
Despite its many advantages, a cinder block house also has some significant disadvantages.
A cinder block home requires an anti-capillary device or crawl space to protect it from the devastating effects of moisture.
In addition, cinder block is not suitable for all construction projects. It is more expensive to build than a wood house.
Although both wood and cinder block are popular building materials, the choice of one or the other will depend on your needs and preferences. If you want to build a green home at a low cost, you should choose a wood home.
If you are looking for a house that is not only resistant but also offers optimal insulation with little maintenance, we recommend a breeze-block house.
Don’t forget to take into account the aesthetics of the house. Wood and breeze block offer two very different visuals!