Four Types of Modern Concrete Homes: Pros and Cons

One, two, three, four…when it comes to concrete…homebuyers want more! Concrete is by far the most widely used building material in the world, so it’s no wonder it’s becoming so popular in home building. 

Concrete is durable, making it a formidable foe against termites and extreme conditions. It can be molded and colored in a variety of ways, making it a versatile building material. Concrete is sustainable, making all of us environmentally conscious peeps very happy. Plus it is even noise-resistant. Wait, what?

Yep, and it comes in four types for home building – each with its own advantages. First you have your concrete blocks, with which we are all familiar. This type of concrete building product has gained well-earned recognition for its cost-effectiveness and the fact that it can be manufactured quickly and easily.

Precast concrete panels take it a step further. As their name says, they are entire panels of concrete that are built at a plant and transported to home construction sites. Precast concrete panels, however, can be a bit more expensive than your average concrete blocks.

Insulated concrete forms are essentially hollowed foam blocks filled with reinforced concrete to provide an added layer of insulation. They are extremely functional, but maybe not so pretty.

Then there are removable concrete forms. These are most widely used for basement walls.

So there you have it, and no matter what you choose when it comes to concrete home building options and what price tag may be attached, your future will include substantial heating and cooling cost savings. Concrete homes can also save you money on your homeowners’ policy. Many insurance companies will offer a discount for modern concrete homes due to their sturdy reputation.