Ideally, your dream home sees you through a lot of life events—a new family member, promotions, graduations, opportunities for leisure ormore expansion. Whatever challenges the family might face, the home should continue to be a solid figure: a constant haven for everyone to come home to after a long day. In order to put together a house that withstands even the most taxing occasions, it’s important to pay attention towhat that house is made of.
Walls are a big indicator of a sturdy house. Thesestructures enclose the area and hold up the entire home. These very essential functions can, often times, make or break a well-built abode.
WHAT’S IN A WALL?
Generally, there are two types of walls: a load bearing wall, and a non-load bearing wall. The former is part of the structure’s support—it helps hold the building up, while the latter works on dividing different rooms in a building. For a load bearing wall, strength is of utmost importance as the stability of the house depends on how much weight it can hold.
Load bearing walls are often constructed two ways, either as solid walls or cavity walls. The main difference is in how the cement bricks are laid out. Solid walls were popular before the 1920s, and true to its name, the bricks are laid side-by-side without any gaps between them. They’re easily identifiable because of their brick pattern, with alternating rows of a wide brick followed by a half brick, and so on. Solid walls often measure less than 27cm. Meanwhile, cavity walls—which gained popularity in the 1930s and onwards—have a physical cavity or an air gap in between the bricks. Cavity walls are recognizable because the long side of the brick is laid out one after the other in a uniform manner. These walls usually measure 27cm or more.
SOLID vs. CAVITY WALLS
The solid wall design is built to support the weight of the roof and the upper floors; it provides a stronger foundation based on the wide spread of the wall. Solid walls are advantageous because they do not flex or move once in place.Compared to concrete walls built with wood, solid walls are not subject to any misalignment otherwise caused by the flexibility of wood. Homeowners are reassured of their home’s sturdiness.Also, solid concrete block walls can be painted without any additional prepping required, giving homeowners the added benefit of a smooth finish.
Solid walls are naturally thicker, which is advantageous because of its ability to reduce damage caused by water entering the home, either by leakage, rain, or other scenarios. It also has good fire-resistance because it is dense, non-combustible,and can handle flames fairly well.
However, solid walls aren’t the best at keeping heat in—which is especially important for countries that experience winter. Homes built with solid walls often need to have interior or exterior insulation to provide added heat for areas with extremely cold temperature. For tropical countries like the Philippines, however, solid walls are advantageous for keeping the home cooler during the summer.
Cavity walls, on the other hand, are able to provide heat for the home because of the air gap between bricks—this is their main selling point. When they were first created, however, their main purpose was to prevent rain from damaging the internal surface of the wall. This makes cavity walls especially notable for keeping moisture out.
When it comes to installation, cavity walls need meticulous guidance and skilled workmanship. Once under construction, a cavity wall must be closely supervised to ensure that its installation is correct. Compared to solid walls, cavity walls often come out cheaper, but require more time to build. Some developers don’t mind this compromise as they are able to save in cost.
RELIABLE HOMES FROM YOUR RELIABLE PARTNER
PrimaryHomes, Inc. has been consistent in delivering its promise to cultivate well-planned and responsibly managed communities for Filipinos. This dedicates them to building strong homes for every family, and with sturdy-walled homes at the forefront of this goal. These walls are understood as integral for a home’s long-term strength and durability, and PrimaryHomes, Inc. aims to provide its clientele with homes that will last a lifetime.
A detail as basic as a simple wall may be something that a homeowner may overlook, because the process of choosing a new home might seem too overwhelming at the start. With so many decisions to make, a strong wall is almost expected, but this shouldn’t be assumed. Those eyeing a new home should take the extra measure to ensure that their new investment will give them both short-term and long-term rewards.
Every family dreams of a home that isn’t so easily affected by slight occurrences—a home that makes everyone feel safe and secure. With Your Reliable Partner, these details are covered across all of PrimaryHomes, Inc.’s properties. Check out the catalogs and find a home that’s sturdy and fit for your family at www.primaryhomes.com.
Photo: Astele, Mactan by PrimaryHomes