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Houston Construction Monthly 2018

Houston Construction Monthly 2018

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BY NEWSUSA A CONCRETE MASONRY HOME CAN BRING YOU PEACE - OF - MIND CONCERNING YOUR FAMILY’S SAFETY. Concrete construction is not what people generally think of when they consider the main material their home should be made from. Most assume that a house is built from wood frames and insulation. However, what they don’t realize are the many benefits concrete can provide. TODAY’S DESIGNERS RECOGNIZE Concrete masonry is CONCRETE’S ENERGY EFFICIENa beautiful material CY AND CAN THEREFORE JUSTIFY that can create any shape or size home SMALLER HEATING AND AIR CONDIthat you can imagine. If you drive up TIONING SYSTEMS, CREATING SAVto a home today, you INGS FROM THE START. probably cannot tell how that home was constructed. This is because the covering of a home, whether it’s stucco, brick, wood or vinyl siding, provides the same finished appearance as a wood-frame home. 20 CONSTRUCTIONMONTHLY.COM

CONCRETE MASONRY NOT ONLY PROTECTS, IT IS ALSO A GREAT WAY TO LOWER UTILITY BILLS. COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION Concrete masonry walls are solid, continuous and airtight, whereas woodframed walls are a collection of components leaving many joints for potential air leaks. Today’s designers recognize concrete’s energy efficiency and can therefore justify smaller heating and air conditioning systems, creating savings from the start. BEYOND THE BEAUTY OF CONCRETE MASONRY LIE THE RUGGEDNESS AND DURABILITY. Concrete masonry is built to last and is a solid investment for your family in terms of both value and safety. Insurance companies recognize concrete as being safer than any other form of construction material when fire threatens a home. It is completely non-combustible and is classified as an A1 resistant material. When disaster strikes in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes or wild fires, your family can be sure they will be secure in a home with concrete walls. Today’s strongest residential wall systems are made of concrete masonry. The low maintenance of concrete masonry is also an appealing feature. Termites, rotting and paint peeling or fading rarely affect concrete homes. Concrete masonry can also withstand the elements better, reducing the damage from wind and rain over the lifetime of a home. One other benefit that does not carry a price tag is the peace and quiet that concrete provides. The greater mass of a concrete masonry wall can reduce sound penetrating through a wall by over 80 percent when compared to a wood frame. With home building space becoming more scarce, we are now becoming forced to build our homes closer together and near noisier places like highways, railways and airports. If you would like more information about how concrete masonry can make your life easier, visit www.ncma.org. WHY GO CONCRETE? Termites, rotting and paint peeling or fading rarely affect concrete homes. Concrete masonry can also withstand the elements better, reducing the damage from wind and rain over the lifetime of a home. SPECIAL HOUSTON SHOW EDITION 2018 21