Climate change, natural disasters, and accidents are some of the unfortunate events that are happening around us. Thus, we need to create and use new innovations especially when it comes to building methods and materials.
That is why when AAC was invented, it became one of the major achievements in the construction industry.
Autoclaved Aerated Concrete or AAC is often used because of its competitive advantages.
Yet many are still in doubt and would still prefer using the oldest construction material – the red brick.
Affordability and availability are two primary reasons why bricks are favored by conventional contractors and home builders around the world.
But here are some reasons why AAC is better than red bricks.
AAC blocks are made with a mixture of fly ash, cement, lime, gypsum and aeration agent. Because of these components, AAC blocks are lightweight and are available in a larger size. You can expect a faster construction and less consumption of mortar.
And since AAC blocks are lightweight, it can be easily transported from one place to another. They also use less steel and lightens the structural load. On the occasion that earthquakes happen, there will be less damage. It has a low thermal conductivity which maintains a pleasant temperature indoors, regardless of the weather condition outside.
On the other hand, red bricks are made from clay, sand, lime, iron oxide and magnesia. Since its major component is soil, its quality depends also on the quality of the soil used. Red bricks are time-consuming and absorb water easily. Molds will grow if not properly maintained.
Also, red bricks are heavy and aren’t recommended for high seismic zones.
AAC blocks are eco-friendly since it uses fly ash. Fly ash is a factory waste and was once a global problem. It causes environmental issues like air and water contamination. But because of AAC blocks, fly ash waste became beneficial to the construction industry. And since it is inorganic, you avoid termites and other pests in your walls.
In contrast, since the red bricks major component is soil, continuous production may cause environmental problems like losing fertile land. Moreover, red brick production uses more water compared to AAC blocks.
Red bricks may be cheap, but if you will look at it on a whole project perspective it becomes expensive. As mentioned before, using bricks is time-consuming and needs extra effort especially during transportation because of its weight.
While AAC blocks are more affordable in the sense that you require less labor in constructing and transporting. Moreover, AAC blocks offer better structural integrity to your building, which means that you are lowering the cost of the whole project.
Another advantage of red bricks is also its availability. Red bricks can be seen anywhere. But soon, so will AAC blocks. Wave Construction Industries is an AAC block supplier in Davao and neighboring regions.
If you are planning a high quality yet cost-effective and sustainable structure, give us a call or email us and we are very much happy to assist you.