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Home building material options: Wood or concrete?

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Building your dream home from scratch is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, one of the biggest dilemmas that future homeowners have to decide on is whether they want to use wood or concrete to build their homes.

Here’s what you need to consider before making your decision:

Why wood?

Perfect for interior and exterior use, wood is a popular building material that’s easy to work with and readily accessible.


  • Versatile – You can bend, stain, cut, or otherwise manipulate wood to suit your purpose. Timber can be used for beams, planks for floors, slabs for your front door. And certainly, wood has been used for ages as exterior siding. Whether it’s inside or outside the house, wood adds warmth and texture to any home.
  • Renewable and sustainable – As a building material, wood is a renewable resource. Wood can grow in tree plantations or harvested according to modern forestry standards to preserve the natural environment. The manner in which trees are cut and felled make wood sustainable as well. An activity or an object can be described as “sustainable” if it does not compromise future needs. Wood also has a lower impact on the environment as compared to steel or concrete.

Wood acts as a natural insulator as well. Because of the air pockets inside its cellular structure, wood traps heat in those empty spaces. Potentially, therefore, wood can lower  your energy costs.

  • Affordable – Since wood can be sourced locally and delivered quickly, it is one of the most cost-effective options when constructing a home. Building a home with wood is also more affordable because the material is readily available and costs less to install.


  • Rot – Moisture can cause a host of problems in wooden homes. Rot, mold, and mildew are some of them. To minimize and prevent moisture, homeowners must regularly check their plumbing and ensure there’s enough ventilation in every corner of the home to dry out excess moisture.
  • Pest problems – Wood is prone to infestations of pests like carpenter ants, moths, crickets, and of course, termites. If the house hasn’t been bug-proofed, these pests will feed, destroy, or tunnel through wood. Order a termite inspection at least once a year to keep the structure of your home in top shape.


Not to be confused with cement, concrete is a popular building material that’s made out of water, cement, and sand, rock, or gravel.


  • Durable – Once it hardens, concrete becomes virtually damage proof. If you want a home that ‘s built to last and can withstand extreme weather conditions, choose concrete.
  • Fire and mold-resistant – Concrete contains fire-resistant properties that are non-combustible. These properties also transfer heat slowly, which ensures the structural integrity of the home. Aside from fires, concrete rarely gets mildew when wet.
  • Low maintenance – Concrete also requires less maintenance as compared to wood, steel, and other building materials. The cost of maintaining a concrete home is lower as well.


  • Costlier – Cement is one of concrete’s main ingredients. It is also the most expensive. While the price of concrete varies depending on your location, concrete is relatively more expensive than counterpart building materials.
  • Cold and unpretty – Among common building materials, concrete is the least aesthetically pleasing. However, you can alter the appearance of concrete walls with paint or by adding stucco or rocks to create a decorative If you’re going for the sparse brutalist look, on the other hand, you can leave the concrete as is and choose furniture pieces that echo or contrast with the style.

Once you’ve made a decision on the type of building material you want for your home, get in touch with us at Urban Luxe Real Estate and we’ll recommend reliable contractors to do the job for you. Contact or 480.359.6519. You may also learn more about the Scottsdale houses for sale by browsing our site.