Which Building Materials Should You Choose?

Posted on: 14 January 2022


No matter what project you are working on, you can only complete it if you have suitable building materials. With wrong or poor quality building materials, you will never be able to complete the work to the required standard, and you will find that you will be redoing the job much sooner than you might expect. When it comes to choosing building materials, there are several criteria that to assess for every material that you select.

What is the cost of the material?

Don't always look for the lowest priced option. Often, a low price could indicate poor quality materials or some imperfection in the material structure. However, you must stick to your available budget. There is no value in selecting materials you can't afford or paying so much for one type of material that you have to take the cheapest option for every other material in the project. When assessing different building materials, think about the lifespan you can expect from the material and whether it can be restored in the future or must be completely replaced.

Is it suitable for the environment?

Some building materials could be ideal in one situation but be unsuitable for a project in another location. Think about how the surrounding environment could affect your building materials. Extreme heat can melt plastics, too much damp can rot some types of timber and a salty atmosphere close to the sea might corrode steel building materials. Too much sun can cause colours to fade and other materials to deteriorate. Think carefully about the materials you want to use and the environment where they will be placed. By carefully pairing each of the building materials with a suitable environment, you can maximize the durability of each material and ensure that they endure for the entire life of the building.

Will it be difficult to maintain?

Installing the building materials into the structure of your project is only the first step in the process. You want your project to last. Some building materials, such as brick and stone, require little maintenance, but other materials will need to be looked after if you want them to last. While higher-quality materials may have a lower maintenance requirement than cheaper materials, you must remember to include the maintenance costs in your calculations.  

What do they look like?

The appearance of your building materials matters. Often, the material will be on display throughout the property lifetime, so you must pick something that you like or that can be incorporated into your design. Design choices will often be subjective rather than objective. Whether you want to work with stone, ceramic, tile or brick, you must pick building materials that reflect your tastes and personality.

Talk to a supplier to get help selecting the right building materials.