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Clay Houses

How does a zero-maintenance, low cost, and hazard free home sound? It sounds pretty darn good if you ask me. Luckily, this goal isn't too far out of reach thanks to the renewed interest in building clay houses.


Modern Clay House

Eco-friendly clay houses are produces using wet clay bricks which are shaped and dried in order to harden. The drying process is crucial because it is responsible for the strength of the home. Particles in the clay fuse and develop extremely tight ceramic bonds which are almost inseparable.

Now, I am not a rocket scientist or a rock scientist :) but the concept is easy to understand. Clay houses are nearly invincible to most weather conditions and un-phased by chemical attacks. These benefits alone make clay homes a sound investment. However, I have only touched the surface. Let's move on to the good stuff.

Cost

Clay houses like all homes have some upfront expense when building. But costs are lower than traditional homes by as much as 50-percent. In addition, maintenance for a clay house is very cheap. Think about it. Clay won't warp, dent, rust, peel, get eaten alive by termites, or experience any of the other problems that most homes go through. Because of this, the only thing you really have to pay for is accessories (paint, plumbing, electrical, etc).

Insulation

Clay houses do a great job of providing thermal and acoustic insulation? What do I mean? Basically, if you live in a clay house, you can expect to stay warm (or cool depending on the weather) and not have to worry about major sound waves entering or leaving the room. This is because clay has the ability to slowly absorb heat and sound and release them in the opposite direction.

Flexibility

Since clay is such an active solution (can be molded easily), it really gives you the option of warping the home exactly to your liking. You see, cement blocks or bricks usually come in standard sizes which you must incorporate into your building strategy if you want everything to fit properly. With clay, you are the ultimate creator and can morph and play with the shapes until they are exactly to your liking. This is why Detroit automakers usually develop concept cars with a clay outer coating first so they can mold them into the desired design.

Fireproof

You would be lucky to burn down a clay home after you've poured gasoline all over it and lit it on fire. This is because the material that clay homes are produced from is very fire resistant. This concept has been around for a long time. Back in the mid 1800's, people became enlightened and began switching their wooden homes for ones made of clay, mud or stone. Looks like things have come full circle especially for environmentalists interested in green homes and green home building.

Also, fireproof natural can save money of insurance premiums. For example, homes which are in areas that are more prone to fires, such as brush areas, have to pay more in insurance. Your insurance company may give you a lower rate for insuring a house made of clay against fire damage.

Conclusion

With people more environmentally aware today and also enlightened as to how green homes can save big money in building materials and energy savings it is no wonder that clay houses are making a comeback.


 
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