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Different Materials for Different Climates - How to Choose

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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
Not many people have the opportunity to build their own homes. If you happen to get this chance, then do select the best materials. The last thing you want is to invest your money on something costly, yet end-up getting dissatisfied easily.

There are plenty of materials to choose from out there. Basically, a home can be made out of anything. Wood is a popular choice. Some would have pure concrete. Others like the effect of brick or stone, for dramatic effect. But one thing you should realize is that material selection should also be done in consideration with your climate.

Your climate has tremendous effects to your home's look, longevity and comfort. If you choose the wrong material for your regions condition, your home can easily wear out and problems may be brewing that could lead to expensive repairs. It is okay if your homes have lasted for years for repairs are inevitable. However, if you have been having problems in the earlier parts of the home ownership, incurring repairs is not a good sign.

You also have to take note that the kind of materials you have selected can also help you save money. Having to live in areas with extreme conditions may lead you to rely on your HVAC systems to condition your homes and to make it comfortable for everybody. Having to do these would increase your energy usage; hence, leading also to costly bills. You can, however, save money if the construction materials used allows you to use energy efficiently which could also lead to slash a portion of your energy bills.

No matter what area you live in (cold or warm regions), materials with the great insulation properties are still the best choice. This is most true when you rely much on your heating or cooling devices to make your homes more comfortable. Examples of materials of this type are stones and concrete. Wood may also be good. However, it would depend on the quality. At times, you may need insulating materials like foams, batts and other fibers to improve its insulation abilities.

However, some people in the tropical areas may not have the luxury to own cooling systems. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to select materials that allow proper ventilation. The last thing you want is to trap heat inside your homes and cause moisture to build. Select materials like clay, bricks, and bamboos. These are the best items to use if you do not want your home to be as hot as a convection oven in the middle of the day.

There is also an unconventional material that is used for building homes, which is glass. Although it may have great aesthetic effects to your home, it is not really good with insulation. However, some remedies can be done to give it some insulation properties.

You can use more than one material to build your homes. This is the usually trend since the greatest home designs have variety in color, tones and textures. So if you are choosing materials based on your climate condition, it will be a great advantage. This is because you can give your home several properties that would make it more durable and more functional.

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