Building Materials That Can Decorate Homes

Building materials are constantly in a state of development. The new shift towards futuristic, ecologically-friendly, and energy-saving schemes requires more materials for architectural and design ideas to meet these demands. Yet, with the help of new technologies, nothing is impossible. For example, many building companies are now using fiberglass plastic as reinforcement for basements. This material has many attractive features. It is durable, invulnerable to acids, and impervious to low temperatures, meaning it will not lose its qualities. It resists corrosion, does not conduct electricity, can be produced in any length. Also, it is cheaper than usual metal reinforcement by 30%. The disadvantages of this reinforcement are that it can fuse at temperatures above 200°C and also lacks flexibility. The pros heavily outweigh the cons though, as it is lighter, cheaper, and much more widely used than other products. Its features are great in permafrost conditions, such as in underwater construction. In small buildings, fiberglass plastic rods can be used to reinforce solid overhead covers of garages and terraces. These rods can be combined with steel ones for further security.

Wooden Bricks

Many red bricksAnother innovation is called wooden bricks, which are currently being used for creating walls. These bricks and building materials are made out of a solid, glued woodblock. The block is dried and then cut into bricks. Such bricks are said to be able to build entire houses, and are also ecologically-friendly!The primary downside to using this product as the main building material is that these bricks are too expensive. A house built of this material would need much exterior decoration in order to look nice. Even so, such bricks are an excellent choice for designers. First of all, they can create wooden walls inside the house. Secondly, wooden bricks can also be used to make a lovely original ceiling or floor. This is a warm material, but also easily flammable and fragile, so its usage in building can be rather limited.

Transparent Concrete

Finally, the last innovation is transparent concrete. This is one of the most interesting but useless materials. Transparent concrete has the same characteristics as normal concrete, but due to its added optical fibers,  this material is able to let light through. Its developers created it so that light can flow in and inspire creativity in the minds of designers. Although the added luminosity from the walls is wonderful, such material can only be used in rare cases. In the majority of cases, walls need reinforcement and insulation, making the idea of transparent concrete pretty much useless in these scenarios.

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