Residential Construction Industry Trends:
Fortunately for anyone hoping to secure a home loan, mortgage rates are running low, which naturally affects the demand for housing. With those demands come certain trends as to what buyers are looking for when they purchase or build a home. They’re looking for a greater return on their investment and want to know that they’re buying something of high quality; and because of that, working directly with a custom home builder or a home remodeling contractor has become increasingly appealing to many individuals.
Generally speaking, buyers are placing greater focus on structural integrity, taking a hard look at just how well the home they’re considering will stand up to different types of weather, whether that means expected seasonal rains or extreme conditions like hurricanes. If a home isn’t constructed properly or has any weak spots, it may be vulnerable to rain and snow, which can be cause for concern because of the added moisture. Water can be damaging to the foundation of a home, it’s roof, and even its exterior walls, causing them to crumble or rot. Even wind can be hazardous to a home. Strong winds cause pressure to build against the structure and may result in damage to any number of areas, so having a strongly built frame and properly installed architectural elements are essential to keeping a home undamaged.
There are, of course, ways to protect against damaging elements, some of the most common being gutter systems to redirect the flow of water away from a home, as well as roofing rods and hurricane clips, which provide strength against wind.
Composites are manufactured products made of a combination of materials that become stronger together than their individual parts would be; and though they were originally developed for use in commercial and industrial applications, they have become used with greater frequency in building homes because of their durability; their ability to resist corrosion; and their strength, despite the fact that they are lighter in weight than many other types of building materials. Their anticorrosive properties make them ideal for roofs, walls, decks, ducts, and vent systems; their strength makes them invaluable for protecting against wind; and because they resist water, they offer a guard against mold, rust, swelling, and other issues caused by moisture. Unlike many other materials, composites are resistant to heat and cold and are impervious to animals and insects, so for homeowners and buyers concerned with structural soundness, the use of composite materials has become an even greater selling point in their quest for a home.
Rather than simply following the trend when it comes to the looks of a home, remember the importance of structure. Technology is constantly improving building industry standards; and because of that, trends in home building have increased the demand not only for beauty, but also for strength.
Follow the trend and make sure that the home of your dreams is built to last! Give the team at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., a call today!