Have you ever wondered what your future dream house would look like? Ever designed it in your head? I believe most of us have! But we have to agree that the architecture, design, and construction materials to be used are always a question mark.
A ready-made house is a time-saving way to move into a new home, however, people (commonly in Pakistan) choose to build their own house, according to their preferences.
If you are planning to build a house, you should be aware of the construction materials that will be utilised in the construction process of your new home. Cement, concrete, steel, stone, sand, etc. are all common construction materials.
Building a house instead of buying a readymade one is surely a bit more complex. What’s more confusing is selecting the building material. Although, you do not need to worry! Agency21 International is here to help you through your decisions.
Famous Construction Materials In Pakistan
Choosing the right construction material is indeed a confusing task if you have limited knowledge of it. The selection of construction materials depends on several factors including cost, durability, maintenance, and the overall outlook of the house.
Without further wait, we are going to list down a few popular construction materials in Pakistan:
Let’s go over each material one-by-one:
Cement, as you all may know, is the most common building material used countrywide. It is known widely for construction purposes. Cement is a material that is used to set and adjoin other materials to bond them together.
It is fair to say that cement is the main agent used to bind construction materials together. Numerous types of cement are available in Pakistan, and often it is mixed with other substances like concrete.
One of the main reasons it is used so widely is because of its reliability. It has a minimal tendency to crack or shrink. There is a wide range of cement in Pakistan including White Cement, Expansive Cement, Natural Cement, etc.
Needless to say, steel holds great significance in building structures. Steel is a strengthening substance that is utilised to support concrete construction. The support enables the building structure to withstand and strengthen even further.
Due to the strength of steel, less of it is needed in building structures, therefore, it is cost-efficient. The weight of steel is also low, thus transporting it is easier. Another advantage of using steel in the construction of buildings is that it is highly sustainable. Steel can be easily recycled!
You may know sand is extremely essential to the construction of buildings. When the sand is blended with the soil, it forms a rather solid base for the buildings.
Sand is an essential component in the making of plaster, concrete, and mortar. Interestingly, sand can be put into several different categories due to its wide variety.
Wood is a natural element that absorbs the most moisture from the air. Factually, wood structures are not so common in Pakistan, however, we can usually see wooden cupboards, tables, and other furniture in homes.
Wood should be maintained and repaired regularly so that we can increase its lifespan. It is also easy to repair and mend. Moreover, wooden huts can be easily seen in the northern areas of Pakistan as well.
Concrete is made up of many materials. It is a combination of water, gravel, stone, and sand. Without a doubt, concrete is the most significant building material in Pakistan.
Many types of concrete are used for building different structures in Pakistan which include Cement Concrete, Ready Mix Concrete, Plain Cement Concrete, High-Strength Concrete, etc.
Concrete’s specialty is that it does not rot or rust. It is durable and is also used as a soundproofing material!
Bricks have been used in constructing structures for the longest time! You may have seen old structures (in real life or in pictures) made out of brick. They have high durability and also prevent cracks.
Bricks are extremely important to building structures. They are durable and also cost-friendly. They have many types, sizes, and shapes. In Pakistan, burnt-clay bricks are extremely common and are made out of wet clay. The maintenance cost for using bricks as construction materials is also very low.
Construction professionals suggest the use of stones when building a structure. Like bricks, stones have been used in construction since olden times! Stone is extremely weather-resistant, therefore, it is unaffected by any sort of outdoor weather, such as rain, hail, and snow.
Stones are strong and are also durable, thus an important component amongst all building materials. Stones are very difficult to crack and dent, therefore, they will provide effective results post-construction. They are certainly deemed to last for a very long time. What is most appealing about stone is that it almost requires no maintenance!
Glass is one of the most versatile construction materials to exist! Commonly, glass carries lesser strength in comparison to the aforementioned building materials. To complete the outlook of certain structures, glass plays a significant role.
A range of windows, partitions, doors, etc. are often made with glass, enhancing the aesthetics of a particular building structure. Construction seems incomplete without the use of glass which gives it an edge.
Due to its transparency, glass enables sunlight to enter the building, which is a trait highly essential to buyers these days. Natural light helps to reduce utility bills at home, increasing energy efficiency in buildings. It is also dustproof, waterproof, aesthetically very appealing, and also recyclable!
The use of plastic can be seen widely in our day-to-day lives. Look around, how many things can you see that are made of plastic? We are sure that they are innumerable!
Plastic is utilised in decoration as well as the construction of buildings. The advantages of using plastic are that they are inexpensive, durable, and easy to mould into any shape. Plastic is a versatile material and adapts to various climates as well.
Another benefit of plastic is that it is lightweight, yet very strong, thus enabling easy transportation. Plastic is also 100% recyclable!
Concluding It All!
The above-mentioned are famous construction materials found in Pakistan. We hope that this article simplified your construction material purchase decisions.
Building a structure is a complex task, however, with increased knowledge and experience, you will be able to overcome any hurdle that comes your way!
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