There are many types of building materials used in construction such as Concrete, Steel, Wood and Masonry. Each material has different properties such as weight, strength, durability and cost which makes it suitable for certain types of applications. The choice of materials for construction is based on cost and effectiveness to resisting the loads and stresses acting on the structure. As a structural engineer, I work with my clients to decide on the type of materials used in each project depending on the size and use of the building.

The manufacturing of building materials is a well established and standardized industry capable of providing a reliable supply of high-quality materials for our structures.The production of structural-grade building materials is subject to quality control procedures that involve inspection and testing according to national standards and scientific testing methods.

Building material is literally any material that can be used for construction purposes. It commonly includes wood, concrete, steel, cement, aggregates, bricks, clay, metal, and so much more. In the olden times, people have been using pure bricks, or wood, or straw. But in this modern age, engineers have learned to mix and match the right materials to come up with higher quality structures. The choice, of course, is always based on the client’s budget and the effectiveness of the materials in building projects.

As we just mentioned, many natural substances were used in construction like wood, sand, clay, rocks, wood, and even twigs and leaves. Some of these are still widely used in the modern construction scene, most especially in America where most houses are still made of wood.

Many man-made materials came out in the previous years and some are synthetic. Although not natural, some are used in making eco-friendly houses like 3D houses which actually pass the green construction standards.

It’s also a good thing that lumber is decreasingly used in construction these days, hence, saving Mother Earth. Most building materials today are being manufactured. And the industry is a well-established one in many countries. This only proves that the construction industry is healthy and keeps on growing year after year.

Other related specialty trades are also benefiting from the building materials manufacturing, such as tiling, plumbing, roofing, carpentry, and insulation works.

All building materials can be used to create a quality structure. But that depends on how they are used in construction. This is why it’s important for project managers and field engineers to carefully analyze the material they need in their projects.