When building your home in South Florida, select the best materials to construct your new home. You must ensure that your building materials are durable, storm-resistant, fire-resistant, mold-resistant, and termite resistant. CBS (concrete block structures) homes are built to withstand Florida’s unique environment. The exterior walls are made up of concrete blocks.
CBS homes are built to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour, adding to the level of security during hurricanes and tornadoes. With eight inches of the concrete block between you and whatever Mother Nature throws at you and your home, the added peace of mind is priceless. In addition to reducing the risk of storm damage, CBS homes have lower insurance premiums than frame or wood.
Concrete block is one of the most durable materials in home construction. It does not rot, rust, or warp, reducing costly maintenance.
Florida ranks among the highest incidence of termite infestation in the U.S. Damages have been estimated to be as much as $500 million annually. Constructing your home out of concrete blocks eliminates the possibility of termite damage. In addition, the concrete block does not contain termites’ favorite food, cellulose.
Florida is a wet environment that makes wood-frame homes susceptible to mold and mildew – damaging to your home and your health. Concrete block minimizes the opportunity for water to penetrate your home. If you incur a water breach by chance, CBS mold and mildew won’t take hold as in wood and drywall.
Concrete block is non-combustible or fire-resistant, making it the optimal building material. It won’t burn, soften or bend during a fire, providing additional protection for your family, your home, and its contents, reducing homeowner insurance rates and making it a safer option.
Given the high temperatures experienced during Florida summers, concrete construction’s energy efficiency is another benefit. The concrete block holds heat longer during the cooler months and keeps things cool during the hot summer months lowering heating and cooling bills by as much as 50 percent.
Concrete block is a valuable building material when designing a custom home. Passage Island Construction is an award-winning builder on the Treasure Coast.