Top 4 Building Materials

Building materials have evolved a lot over the years. We’ve come a long way from building with sticks, mud, and leaves. As technology has evolved and become more readily available, the materials we build with has also changed over time. Even 100 years ago, people would not have been able to conceive what could be possible with a 3D printer. Low and behold, people are now building houses with 3D printers! I’m not sure if you’ll want to use a 3D printer when building out your farm, but you never know. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll take a look at the best conventional materials that you’ll be able to easily acquire for your project.

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Wood

There probably isn’t a farm on the face of the earth that doesn’t utilize wood in some form or fashion. Wood is fairly cheap, available abundantly, and easy to work with. You can easily trim it down to the size you need and even repurpose the excess lumber. It also has another thing going for it; it’s lightweight and easy to transport. You can tie it on top of your car or haul it off in your truck. Picking it up is a breeze. It’s not all smooth sailing tho, wood does have its downside. Moisture, termites, and fire can wreak havoc on your wood structures. Wood is not the longest lasting material, but it’s good if you’re on a budget and aren’t worried about building an indestructible structure.

Steel

If you’re torn between using steel or wood for part of your project, that’s understandable. Both materials have so much to offer. The deciding factor may be climate, budget, or the nature of your project. Steel is more durable and longer lasting. If you need your structure to withstand the test of time so future generations can marvel at it, steel is probably best for you. In remote areas, steel may be harder to acquire, making it more expensive. If that’s the case and it exceeds your budget, wood may be a good alternative.

Concrete

It seems like you can’t avoid concrete when it comes to building projects. It’s like water, no matter how much you dislike it, you still need it. You might as well learn to love it. You may find yourself using concrete to lay a foundation or to pour a slab. It also can be used for walls and frames. If you can imagine it, you can probably create it with concrete.

Just like wood, there are many different kinds of concrete. It’s a versatile building material that can be found in almost any building. Concrete is actually a mix of different materials. Different mixtures and manufacturing processes is what gives you the variety in types of concrete.

Straw Bales

If you’re looking for a good alternative to traditional materials, straw bales could be for you. There is a lot to learn about straw bales, but for now just know that they’re cheap and readily available. You can also pat yourself on the back for using a sustainable, renewable resource. To build a structure out of straw bales, you stack them just like children stack building blocks. After stacking them, you have to plaster the walls. Applying plaster will protect your bales from moisture and other hazards.

You can make these structures as complex or simple as you want. By using a little wood or steel to help with your frame, you can make some really elegant buildings using straw bales. One of the main advantages to using straw bales is the insulating properties. Straw bales are one of the best insulators you can get your hands on. Not to mention they’re also one of the cheapest.