Building Materials That Are Great for Hot Climates

Building Materials That Are Great for Hot Climates
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    The most suitable building materials for hot climates are thermally conductive.

    The higher the thermal conductivity, the better it is at carrying heat away from your house and keeping it cool.

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If the climate is both hot and humid, then you will also need building materials for humid climates with low moisture content. This is because a lot of moisture in the air can cause problems with traditional building materials.

Building a Cool Home

If you’re building a new house in a hot, humid climate, these three materials will work well to keep your future home cool.

  • Cement

    This is a suitable material if you have a hot home in a dry area because a cement wall needs to be protected from moisture. However, it has a high thermal resistance and is pest-proof.

    It’s suitable for foundations and other building construction since it can withstand extreme weather conditions like heat and cold.

  • Clay

    This is another durable building material that resists moisture and pests. It’s also easy to clean and easy to work with since it doesn’t require a lot of preparation before you can use it.

  • Concrete

    This is an excellent building material because it’s durable, moisture-resistant, pest-resistant, and easy to clean. It’s often used as a foundation for homes.

Cooling a Constructed Home

It’s impractical to make major structural changes to cool an existing home in a hot, humid climate. It’s easier to cool your home by replacing the roof, floors, and surrounding outside area.

Here are a few ways to do just that.

  • Replace the Roof

    A roof replacement is the fastest way to cool a house. Depending on the climate of your area, you may choose a metal roof, slate roof, clay roof, or rubber roof.

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  • Choose a Cooling Flooring Material

    There are many cooling choices for today’s floors. Here, for example, are some high-quality flooring materials:

    • Slate
      This is a popular choice because of its minimal maintenance, affordability, and unique properties that set it apart from other natural stones.

    • Travertine
      This has a smooth, polished surface. It is a rare and durable stone that is highly valued for its beauty and durability. These natural stone surfaces are durable enough to withstand high traffic areas such as kitchen floors and dining tables.

    • Porcelain
      Choosing porcelain tile for your flooring is an excellent choice. It is extremely popular in modern home design and the flooring industry because it has smooth, glossy surfaces and is 100% resistant to scratches, stains, and damage.
  • Pave the Surrounding Areas

    Pavers are an ideal solution to the problem of an overheated house. They allow you to install a new surface that will cool your home from the outside.

    Besides cooling your home from outside, they also improve aesthetics because they come in a wide selection of colors, shapes, and textures.

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Conclusion

Your choice of building materials will depend on whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one. Many online retailers or home improvement stores carry these materials.

If you’re building a new house, you can use high-conductivity, low-moisture materials for the foundation and walls. And if you’re renovating a house, you should replace the roof, floor, and outside building materials.

Each material has its own pros and cons that should be considered before deciding what to use to cool your home.

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