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The best building materials for restaurants and commercial facilities
Finding durable and good-quality materials for commercial construction may be a difficult task. There are infinite options, especially nowadays when sustainability is a fundamental element to take into consideration. Practicality is not the sole characteristic to bear in mind. Aesthetic and ambiance are also important for the creation of commercial space. If you’re not a specialist on the matter, here are some options for you to decide on what materials should you use for your commercial construction project.
This is one of the oldest materials for construction, especially in the US. Its practicality and affordability are great if you want to start a project ASAP. It is easily customizable to fit your business’s unique needs. The construction time frame tends to be shorter thanks to it being malleable and accessible. In terms of aesthetics, Scandinavian and American styles tend to incorporate wood quite often, portraying a soothing and calming environment.
The cons? In the face of a natural disaster, wood may not survive an earthquake or flood, for example. Besides, moisture and termites may also compromise the state of your commercial construction or restaurant. If you dispose of a limited budget, this can be a good option. However, you should ask yourself, whether it’s worth it in the long run, taking into consideration these possible hazards
Another classic building material: steel. Its long-term durability, solidity and clean-cut aesthetic is one of the preferred construction materials in the business.
Steel endures any kind of weather environment, it is fire resistant, and obviously does not suffer a termite infestation. Furthermore, it evokes a minimalistic trend often used for restaurants and shopping centers, as well as many other modern design structures. Finally, steel is one of the most sustainable materials out there. Although it is not only environmentally conscious, it is one of the most recycled materials in the world. More steel is recycled each year than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined.
The problem with steel is that it is not cheap. Actually, it may be quite expensive. Also, because of its durability, it is much more difficult to manipulate this element over time. So if you are thinking of remodeling every now and then, you should think thoroughly whether steel is your best option.
This building material is mostly used for parking decks, skyscrapers, and modest commercial buildings. Affordable and durable, concrete can be another great option if you’re looking for something to last over time. Also, it absorbs and retains heat well so could be a good option for locations with cold weather.
On the other hand, this is one of the most polluting building materials. Lately, environmentalists argue it should only be used for specific longstanding establishments such as hospitals or schools. The concrete’s manufacturing process produces carbon dioxide, contributing to the greenhouse effect.
These are the most classical chosen building materials. However, there are many other eco-friendly options you can check out such as hempcrete, plastic, bamboos, and so on and so forth. If you want further advice on how to construct your restaurant or commercial building, contact us. Protech has over 35 years of experience in the field. Our team will be happy to help you, just contact us!