General

Why Concrete Construction Continues to Grow in Texas

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina descended with fierce­ness and fury on the southern United States. It was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hur­ri­canes in the country’s history. Katrina took the lives of at least 1,245 people and left unspeak­able damage in its wake. 

Due in part to the dev­as­ta­tion of Katrina and fear of future deadly storms, along with a desire for higher-quality building struc­tures, nearly 18% of single-family detached homes built in 2005 used concrete. In addition to its ability to withstand stronger natural elements, concrete con­struc­tion is also attrac­tive because it decreases the costs of heating and cooling. Concrete homes may closely resemble wood-frame houses, but they come with many addi­tion­al benefits, including:

  • Strength and Dura­bil­i­ty – Concrete can withstand storm winds of up to 200 mph. 
  • Energy Effi­cien­cy – Con­struc­tion materials with a high thermal mass are efficient when it comes to extreme temperatures.
  • Fire Pro­tec­tion – Concrete cannot catch on fire or emit toxic elements, nor does it produce smoke or drop molten materials. Concrete is naturally fire resistant and does not require addi­tion­al protection.
  • Flood Pro­tec­tion – Concrete con­struc­tion also increases pro­tec­tion against flood waters. Homes built with concrete are less likely to be torn from their foun­da­tions in the event of high waters and flooding.
  • Noise Control – Concrete reduces the impact of outside noises on those inside the building. 

The Bautex™ Wall System provides an inno­v­a­tive way to enhance the benefits of concrete con­struc­tion. It uses a light­weight, stay-in-place, insulated composite block that is simple to install and higher per­form­ing than tra­di­tion­al concrete walls.

The Bautex system allows for flex­i­bil­i­ty in achieving the archi­tec­tur­al design you desire without sac­ri­fic­ing quality or effi­cien­cy. The concrete component also helps protect our natural resources and is envi­ron­men­tal­ly friendly. Concrete is composed of water, aggregate and cement, natural materials that create durable, sus­tain­able, and resilient structures. 

While the benefits of living in a home that uses concrete con­struc­tion are evident, many people assume it will cost more to build this way. In cases where the con­struc­tion costs are indeed higher, the addi­tion­al monthly mortgage cost is almost always out­weighed by the savings that result from increased effi­cien­cy, lower insurance costs, lower long-term main­te­nance costs and increased pro­tec­tion from the elements. When taking all costs and savings into account, many home­own­ers would see an increase to their bottom lines.

At Bautex Systems, we focus on trans­form­ing the built envi­ron­ment by providing builders and archi­tects with smarter, stronger, more versatile building materials and solutions. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have or partner with you on your next con­struc­tion project or even your dream home. Contact us today to learn more and find out if the Bautex Wall System is right for you.