Exterior walls in commercial buildings can be finished with different types of materials. Choosing the right exterior wall finishes and materials can go beyond increasing savings and protect your building against extreme weather conditions and fire.
In a year that has been marred by some major wildfire incidences, this guide explores some of the effective cost-saving and protective external wall solutions in the construction industry.
Insulating Concrete Blocks
There is increased use of insulating concrete blocks that are integrated into the wall systems. These units help in improving energy efficiency while at the same time providing more strength and fire resistance. Other advantages include:
These wall blocks can also perform effectively in different regions. Whether you live in an area with higher risk of storms or in areas with high rate of snowfall, such walls provide protection and strength.
Walls for Wildfire Zones
There have been increasing incidences of wildfires in the past year, thus increasing the need for fire-proof exterior walls. If the exterior wall is made of a combustible material, the fire can easily reach the roof and other components including doors and windows. If you use a material that offers high resistance to burning, it can provide excellent level of protection against wildfires from causing significant damage or total loss to your building.
Tilt-Up Wall Construction Method
This construction technique is useful wherever there is need for increased construction speed and reduced costs. It allows you to have the wall constructed off-site and then transported to the site. It also allows onsite construction, depending on your needs and the jobsite environment.
The key benefits of this form of wall construction process are as following:
The process involves lesser consumption of concrete. It also requires lesser labor compared to cast-in-place concrete wall construction.
There are many more benefits of using tilt-up wall construction. It allows custom build because the concrete can be poured to create different designs. Due to offsite construction, there is reduced waste disposal at the work site. This is further facilitated by reduced use of concrete and equipment at the work site. You can build thicker panels that provide excellent insulation. The use of concrete further helps in improving indoor air quality due to low VOC emissions. Even at the end of its useful life, the material can be recycled to create road base or fill base material.
These exterior wall construction techniques are gaining more and more popularity. They provide control over both design and safety concerns. You should choose the right technique based on your project.