5 trendy materials for building you prefab home

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The idea of having a prefab seems like a sweet dream until you step into the real world of choosing the materials. It can get confusing if you don’t know the pros & cons.

And time consuming as well!

The prefab maker can assist you to some extent by offering a gamut of materials that will include cement board, steel, wood, glass and aluminum. But then again the final choice must be yours.

Need some assistance in making the right choice?

Look no further. You’ve reached the right place where all your “materialistic” doubts will be cleared.

Keep the bond in cement

The bond between you and your prefab is always special. Cement makes it stronger.

Additionally cement gives it an elegant, wooden look. When touched, the walls feel natural and solid.

An investigation into the material’s pros and cons brought out the following-


  • The cement boards do not require paintings after installation.
  • Painting won’t be needed until your kids pass out of school. Now that’s quite a gain, isn’t it?
  • The fireproof cement board gives you protection against any kind of fire borne mishaps.
  • Acts as a recycle bin and incorporates the production wastes in its making.
  • Obviously, cement feels the pain of a light wallet and so tries its best to keep it heavy.

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  • The excessive weight and the hard texture makes it difficult to cut the material.
  • If you are very particular about colors, then your colorful prefab needs occasional brush ups to keep the color intact.

Steel The Deal

As the title implies, steel is one of the most preferred materials in the prefab industry in terms of the deal it offers. And when your aesthetic prefab comes with an attached pool, nothing can stop you from plunging into the clear water after a hectic day at work.

Nevertheless, it has its own pros & cons.


Steel has strong resistance power against any kind of unfavorable climatic conditions. Using steel for your prefab could not be a pocket-friendly idea. Still, it’s a “safe” choice for your family.

Forget preoccupying your valuable time with the builder’s calls. Steel consumes less manufacturing time.

Modification at any stage of construction is fast and economical. The fungi and fire stay away from steel. The strong nature of the metal makes insurance agencies offer discounts on home insurance for those built with steel.

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Leakage is a major issue with steel. Apart from this the carrying charge of this material is huge in comparison to the weight of the metal.

Walk Through The Woods

No, it’s not the jungles, it’s the wooden dwelling where you will get the Close-To-Nature vibe amidst the polluted city life. Let’s explore the pros and cons of this exquisite material.


Wood is cheap and durable.

Imagine your well decorated wooden prefab by the serene lake and the rocky mountains on the new year’s eve. It surely would become the hottest spot in the city for celebrating the cold eve inside the cozy dwelling, thanks to the thermal insulating capacity of wood.

The material is strong and is light in weight so you save a lot on the carrying cost.

The wooden walls act as sound absorbents thus will keep those complaining neighbors at bay who hate the loud music at your weekend parties.



You like those wooden prefabs? Insects and fungi are your serious competitors! Regular maintenance is a must for wooden prefabs.

Besides wood is very much susceptible to fire and a fire extinguisher is crucial for survival in a wooden prefab.

 Plus, Complex structures cannot be made with wood which makes it a traditional material.

Is that a Looking Glass?

A glass prefab is nothing but a BIG looking glass. A looking glass makes a small object appear large and visible. Well a glass prefab can’t make the surroundings look larger, although it definitely gives a better view of the place.

Your vision can travel across the house without any obstruction. Err!!! Does that mean your privacy is at stake? To an extent the answer is Yes. However, it is determined by the quality of the glass used to build the prefab.


Okay, we’ve already found a con here.

The other cons are-

The glass prefabs do not always provide the best security. It is quite expensive when compared to the other available options.

Oops, I started off with the cons. That doesn’t mean glass prefabs are not at all suitable for your living.

There’s a unique advantage of glass prefabs. These homes would prove to be both economical and Eco-friendly since the artificial lights, heaters and microwaves will turn useless. Lying inside that glass prefab and watching the star filled sky – Phew! What more do you want from life?

Wrap that food in Aluminum foil!

 It goes without even mentioning that Aluminum is famous in every household for preserving the warmth and freshness of food items. Using this metal for prefabs is considered to be an unconventional idea.


In 2002 Japan’s legal system approved the use of aluminum as structure. The aluminum prefabs made by Tokyo architects Atelier Tekuto work as thermal radiators.

Aluminum has little cons & most of the factors are pros. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.


 If you are a responsible inhabitant of the natural world, then the aluminum prefabs are ideal for you, as they facilitate the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle practice.

Don’t worry if the kid’s room has already been completed while your little girl dislikes it! Aluminum is a flexible metal and can be altered any time. The design solutions offered by aluminum are extremely graceful and unique.


Despite a number of positive factors, aluminum is less entertained by prefab makers due to its comparatively greater initial energy cost.

Prefabs have a bright prospect and in the future we might see some more varieties added to the list of materials. Till then let the steel, wood, aluminum, glass and cement do the honor of introducing you to your dream-house. So, what will be your choice?

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