Category Archives: Building Materials

Aggregates – What are the Different Kinds?

Aggregates are coarse granular materials which are used for construction purposes. They have good binding and draining properties, so will often be used to form solid foundations for building on. There are a number of different types, all of which have their own purposes and can prove useful in various different settings. Sand is a particularly common aggregate in construction. It comes in different consistencies – soft sand is used… Read Article →

Using the Right Lintels for Your Project

Lintels can be important in terms of structure or decoration. Depending on the nature of the project you’re carrying out, you’re going to have different requirements for the lintels which you decide to use. Here is a summary of the ways in which you can choose the right lintels for your project. Consider the wall construction. You might have a cavity wall, a timber frame, a solid wall, a wall… Read Article →

Oak Support Beams

Amongst the wide range of building material options, one of the oldest remains one of the most popular; oak beams. While there are a large number of materials which are more reliable than wood, it has a number of benefits, and many people find the appearance of exposed oak beams desirable. Oak beams, besides the attributes which makes it a good building material to use, can actually add value to… Read Article →

Using Tile Trim or Not?

There are both pros and cons to using tile trim as part of a tiling design. Besides the potential for an aesthetically pleasing design which does or doesn’t include tile trim, there are plenty of practical purposes for the oft overlooked part of a tile design. Tile trim has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. It can be used as a break for the eyes from a… Read Article →

Different Types of Tiles

Tiles are one of the most widely used building materials around the world. Just about every culture around the world has independently developed their own form of tiles, whether they are used for decorative purposes, to make roofs, or waterproof a room. The main distinction between types of tiles isn’t in either their use or where they were developed, but with materials. Tiles are made from just about any hard-wearing… Read Article →