Structure and composition of materials
Both foam blocks and aerated concrete are artificial construction materials with a porous structure. In this case, foam blocks, unlike aerated concrete, have closed pores. This allows the material not to sink in water, to have excellent heat and sound insulation properties. In the case of aerated concrete, the material should not be used for the construction of the foundation, and the design of the building of this material should necessarily include a quality exterior finish. The fact is that aerated concrete has fine cracks and therefore has lower soundproofing properties and cannot maintain constant humidity in the room.
Unlike wood, artificial material is not afraid of house fungus or mold. This positive quality is particularly noted by the owners of country houses, bathhouses and other buildings, often built of wood.
In the process of production of cell concrete, natural materials are used: water, cement, lime, sand, foam, aluminum powder, thanks to which foam blocks, like aerated concrete, are environmentally friendly building materials. In addition, the units are easy to handle, which allows you to significantly save and not buy extra material. Note that both foam blocks and aerated concrete are uniform, so they can be cut and stacked with any convenient side. The main conclusion is that building houses from foam blocks and aerated concrete is not only easy and convenient, but also economical.
If we speak about the manufacture of materials, it is not difficult to produce foaming, which gives it a competitive advantage on the price and makes it more in demand on the market. Thus, because of the simple method of production, foam concrete is the main contender for counterfeiting. The artisanal material loses all its basic properties and becomes less suitable for construction. But aerated concrete is produced by autoclave method, which is more expensive, and therefore the material costs more.
Building from blocks is very economical, and the building itself does not require additional care.
It should be noted that despite the impressive size, both foam concrete and gas blocks thanks to the porous structure are quite light, so construction works can be performed independently, without the involvement of additional assistants. Another advantage of building blocks is their diversity and great choice for outdoor and interior construction work.
As for the visible cons of materials, the following should be noted here: all their shortcomings of the building blocks are fully transferred to the entire structure. Therefore, one should consider, first, that the material is fragile. Second, foam concrete doesn’t let air through. Therefore, a country house made of foam concrete may not suit tenants with pulmonary diseases. Third, in a heavy fire, foam blocks burn well. And, fourth, the composition of aerated concrete includes lime, which causes corrosion of the metal.
Construction of cell concrete The building,
built from gas blocks, is characterized by fire safety, excellent thermal insulation, durability and economy. Experts note that gas blocks almost combined all the best quality of wood and stone — the main building materials, which, unfortunately, are not as affordable as cell-shaped concrete. It should also be noted that the materials perfectly preserve a comfortable atmosphere in the building. Cellular concretes are perfectly combined with various roofing materials, as well as with any insulation.
Building any cottage from blocks is not difficult, because block material can easily be planed, drilled and milled. In doing so, construction can include all sorts of arches, gables and other curly elements. An inexpensive house built from foam blocks can be an excellent option for summer cottage, as well as a full-fledged house, where you can stay all year round. Good thermal insulation properties, which foaming has, make it an excellent material for building a bath.
A bath made of foam blocks is no different from a structure made of wood. At the same time, the work does not require anything special and can be done even by a beginner. All you need is to find the right bathhouse project or download a free project from the Internet. If desired, you can purchase a sample project by contacting the appropriate design service. When the finished project is on your hands, all you need is to buy all the necessary building materials – foam blocks or aerated concrete and other components – and start construction.
Building blocks should be chosen qualitative. It is best to buy foam blocks from the manufacturer or, if there is no opportunity, through a proven construction shop. The properties of cell concrete make it very convenient and easy to place all communications. The main thing here is to make a plan of location of communications and not to miss anything.
Specialists recommend reinforcing every few rows of blocks with a special grid, so that the masonry is more durable.
Thanks to modern artificial materials it became possible to build a quality house quickly and inexpensively. Building from blocks is a good budget option and therefore the material is often applied for country construction as well as for building baths and saunas. Foam-concrete blocks and gas blocks can be easily given the desired shape. The material does not require large costs of masonry mortar or adhesive, has good soundproofing properties, perfectly keeps heat and thanks to the low weight does not weigh down the walls of the building. The project of a house made of foam block can be built in a short time. Environmentally friendly construction materials aerated concrete and foam blocks are the most sought-after materials of modern low-rise construction.