The use of concrete has traditionally been limited in house plans become many homeowners consider it to be a cold and ugly substance and only tolerated it because it made a strong foundation material. However, concrete isn't just for lowly foundations anymore -- it's showing up everywhere from dining room floors to the exteriors of rooftops. One of concrete's main appeals to homeowners is its fire-resistant qualities. Following are five attractive ways to include concrete in your house plans and lower your risk of fire at the same time!
Concrete framing will help keep your home safe from both exterior fires and ones that begin indoors. Unlike steel frames, concrete framing won't melt and bend as a result of being exposed to a hot fire. It's also insect and rodent resistant!
Concrete Roofing Tiles
Roofing tiles made out of concrete are another aesthetically appealing way to minimize the risk of fire danger. Many household fires that are started by exterior sources begin when an airborne spark hits the roof and catches fire. Concrete roof tiles are less expensive than other roofing tile options and are durable enough to last for the lifetime of the home.
Polished Concrete Floors
Polished concrete floors have become increasingly popular in residential construction during the past decade for a variety of reasons. Besides being fire-resistant, polished concrete floors offer aesthetic appeal, their nonporous nature makes them extremely pet-friendly, and they are low-maintenance and easy to clean.
Concrete Barbecues and Fire Pits
Barbecues and fire pits located in the outdoor living space are another common source of household fires. Homeowners and other household residents often get too busy with guests to pay proper attention to bonfires and barbecues, so noncombustible building materials are advisable in areas where open flames are used in outdoor living spaces. An enclosed outdoor cement fireplace can also help prevent sparks from flying onto the deck, roof, and neighboring shrubs and trees.
Exterior Concrete Firebreaks
If you live in an area such as the American West where wildfires have become increasingly common in recent years, consider surrounding your entire home with several feet of concrete on all sides. Many homes that are in the paths of wildfires burn because foundation plantings and other vegetation close to the house provides fuel for the fire. Surrounding a home with concrete provides an excellent fire break, and it can be dressed up with wrought-iron and other fireproof furniture items.
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