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Construction Materials: What You Have to Consider

September 9, 2022

Construction materials come in different kinds and types. They’re used in so many applications, industries, and of course, structures. Construction materials are practically essential to these fields. We’ve covered before the top construction materials in the Philippines, so in this post, let’s find out what qualities you should consider first when it comes to choosing the right kind of material for your project.

Price

It goes without saying that you really have to consider the pricing of the materials you’re looking for. You should always know your budget and spend accordingly. Cheaper materials generally mean lower quality and expensive materials generally mean they’re of higher quality, but this may not always be the case. It’s also important to consider the other qualities of the material besides strength and durability. For example, cheaper deformed bars such as carbon steel, while affordable and easily available, are susceptible to corrosion, while more expensive bars such as galvanized rebars are not.

Durability, longevity, and strength

When it comes to construction materials, durability, longevity, and strength are key. Many people would not want projects that lose their integrity quickly. Of course, the higher these qualities are in your desired material, the more expensive they are. But regardless, it is always better to invest in materials that are highly durable and strong. Consider the conditions in the area that your project is in – can it endure the daily wear and tear with the materials you want? What about typhoons or storms? Pick the right material for the conditions carefully.

Availability

Another factor of course is availability. This influences the cost of materials too – materials not available in your location are likely more expensive to acquire. Availability also influences the waiting time required before you get your materials. This is not just for construction, but also for the maintenance of your project. Is the logistics for it viable? Can you actually acquire these materials in your location? Will your supplier be able to provide them for you in that area? These are all important questions one should consider.

Aesthetics

Of course, you have to consider what your project will look like too. Sometimes this may not be necessary, but for structures such as a house or a building, it likely is. Your construction materials can influence the visuals of your project – and most of the time you’ll definitely want something that’s nice to look at! 

Maintenance

Construction materials, no matter how durable, are subject to wear and tear and will require some degree of maintenance. You want to make sure that the materials needed for maintenance is available, and that the price isn’t too high to maintain the project. Some materials may be more delicate and require more maintenance than others – and this maintenance might be costly! Maintenance isn’t something that can be ignored either – if you want your project to last long, then it goes without saying that it has to be maintained and checked regularly. 

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