Home is a lot of things, and as many like to say, above all it’s where the heart is. It’s more than a literal house; it’s the structure that keeps the family together, welcomes meaningful experiences, and becomes a space for happy memories. When choosing a home, it’s important to take into consideration how sturdy it is for reasons both practical and sentimental, since it provides a very basic sense of stability for the family. This is where the importance of choosing an efficient home comes in—one that isn’t swayed by tough weather or deterred by time.

An efficient home serves its purpose while utilizing the least amount of effort and materials. In terms of building or residing in a house, this could refer to electricity, or even energy used during construction. An efficient house can withstand natural occurrences such as rain, strong wind, heat, and time.

BARE NECESSITIES
Just as humans have evolved throughout history, so has the definition of home. During nomadic times, home could have referred to a simple cave or a clearing where tribes could settle safely for a short while. As civilization progressed into agriculture andhumansrealized they could benefit more by living closer to where food can be grown, there came a need for a more permanent home, and by extension, a search for more durable building materials.

The more preferable building materials are ones that are easy to find, the most basic of which include wood, brick, and stone. Wood can quickly be chopped to fit different measurements and sizes, and can be used as the sole primary material as in the case of log cabins and huts. However, it’s susceptible to moisture, molds, termites, and fire, so using wood alone could pose a hazard in the long run. Brick and stone are more solid and can stand stronger against nature, but they are difficult to cast, cut, and transport as they are bulky and heavy. These days, many people opt for designs that copy the feel and texture of wood, brick, or stone, while using synthetic materials that aren’t as costly, weighty, or thick.

Weight and sturdiness are the primary issues to be considered when it comes to sourcing the most basic materials for your home. With the progression of architecture and construction, the more economical options these days are iron and steel, as well as concrete. The former is the choice when building light and high buildings such as skyscrapers, because while iron and steel are sturdy, their combination also possesses a lightweight quality perfect for stacking high structures. Concrete, on the other hand, is preferred because of its flexibility; it’s a mixture that hardens once it dries, so it can be molded to fit a certain design.Concrete becomes even stronger when mixed with different reinforcements such as metal rods and mesh.

PORING THROUGH CONCRETE

Concrete is an aggregate mixed with different materials, such as fly-ash or sand and stone, and then mixed with binders such as cement and water. In 1914, the Swedes discovered an improved version of concrete by adding aluminum powder to the concrete mixture. The aluminum powder acts as an expansion agent, causing the mixture to rise, giving the mixture low-density and lightweight properties. Today, this is known as Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, or AAC, which is an eco-friendly material with ingredients that are raw and all-natural. AAC is a popular choice whether in residential, commercial, or industrial construction because of its many benefits, as well as its versatility—it can be used on walls, roofs,and floors as blocks and lintels.

BREAKING DOWN AAC
The most practical selling point of AAC is its weight: it can be cut, shaped, and installed in a breeze. Plus the material can have nails and screws added on easily, so adjusting it to fit any design or construction needs is no problem.

AAC is not susceptible to moisture or mildew. It’s water, insect, and mold-resistant, making a good contender for homes in areas that receive a lot of rain throughout the year. AAC is also noncombustible, so in the event that it does meet flames, fire will not spread through the material and toxic fumes will not be released.

AAC is also good for soundproofing. It muffles outside noise and can be used as a divider to seal noises within specific rooms. All in all, this material is also very energy-efficient because of its high thermal resistance—plus, aerated concrete is recyclable, since all of its raw materials are natural.

AAC products come in different shapes and sizes. They are sold as normal blocks, rounded blocks, u-blocks, floor and roof panels, wall panels, partition panels, and lintels. With this sort of availability, installation is often done quickly and easily, and even reduces the overall construction time for certain sites. The smooth finish of AAC materials also makes it ready for direct painting after installation, as long as the material isn’t outdoors.

Compared to other kinds of concrete, AAC is easily shipped because of its lightweight nature, but is not so easily sourced.Finding the right color and quality is the challenge when having it sent over. Another point to watch out for is that AAC typically needs to be reinforced by steel or other materials to double up its sturdiness, especially when buildings need extra support. It also needs a protective finish to keep it sturdy through time, most especially in humid environments as the material is porous and can be damaged if left exposed.

One of the major advantages of using AAC LightStrong is the fast and easy construction of your walls/partitions.

Watch the installation process below:

SOURCING AAC IN CEBU WITH LIGHTSTRONG
At present, Cebuanos can get their AAC needs from the pioneer manufacturer of autoclave aerated concrete in the city—AAC Lightweight Block Corporation, or ABC. Their cost-efficient materials and technology that is at par with European standards have helped buildings receive accreditation from LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), proving how sustainable and eco-friendly AAC can be. With ABC’s lightness and high strength LightStrong, professionals and everyday people alike benefit from the convenience and sturdiness that the product offers from sourcing, installation, and actual use.

This kind of innovation and dependable quality is what PrimaryHomes, Inc. (PHI) offers its clientele, with homes, subdivisions, condominiums and other residential developments built in partnership with LightStrong. With PHI, you’re guaranteed a secure and stable home that withstands the challenges of time, and shields you against tough meteorological and geological conditions.

Investing in a home requires a lot of resources, which is why homeowners should be particular about even the smallest details. Starting at the very foundation of the home and making sure everything is in top shape from the get-go gives one benefits that can be enjoyed for the long haul—this is the kind of ease that you can enjoy with Your Reliable Partner, Primary Homes, Inc. Find a home with a foundation you can depend on, and view properties for sale at www.primaryhomes.com.

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