How to Choose the Best Composite Construction Materials

Choosing the best composite materials for a remodeling project, new construction or any type of building assembly can seem challenging, but when you know what to look for, the search becomes a lot easier. Composite materials are something that has been reinforced with a binder to strengthen the original so that it will perform better. Depending on what your need is there are composite materials with a mixture of metal, resin, cement, wood, plastics and fiberglass. Each of these composite materials could be used in a number of general, outdoor and indoor applications. The additional reinforcements also allow for more design flexibility.

General Applications

There are many composite materials in everyday items such as automobiles, airplanes, sporting goods and machinery. Combining lightweight, high-strength premium composite materials like epoxies and carbon filler help create stronger and more economical products for everyone. When joined with electrical components, composite material contains the ideal insulation properties for various appliances.

Indoor Applications

Homeowners that wish to have the look of beautiful marble and granite but can’t afford the cost plus don’t want the maintenance that comes with them, will choose composite counter-top designs for bathrooms and kitchens. Many of the composite materials used in these types of applications use resin, plastics, epoxy resin and some stone. There are also environmentally friendly composite counter-top materials which are made with raw materials like paper, aluminum or glass.

Another type of composite construction material is plastic which is generally reinforced with a polymer and fiber binder. Resistant to corrosion as well as durable, plastic can be used in the bathroom and many other places throughout the home inexpensively and with little maintenance. The majority composites of plastic are resistant to ultraviolet rays and fire retardant.

Outdoor Applications

Outdoor construction projects like patios, outdoor sheds and gazebos are often built of wood composite planks containing a resin which helps the finished project resist damage from rain and fading. Composite wood materials also add structural integrity to what is being built.

Due to the recycled polythene plastics and wood fiber, an Eco-friendly alternative for outdoor arrangements, is wood-plastic composite. This type of composite is resistant to decay and rotting and will last for many years, even in harsh climates. Use wood-plastics for playground equipment and tree houses.

When setting out to choose a composite material for your construction project, think about the advantages of each and consider selecting a material that contains recycled particles for an environmentally friendly upgrade.

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