As many Kenyans opt to build residential homes, several factors are considered to bring the cost down to an affordable level.
Kenyans are spoilt for choice in techniques to apply in a bid to save on construction costs with the incorporation of cutting-edge technology.
An important question to consider at the beginning is, between concrete houses and brick houses, which one is more cost-effective in the long run?
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, seasoned building contractor Jonathan Kyalo explained that brick houses are cheaper to build and ultimately last longer.
A precast concrete wall panel being installed on a building
He, however, affirmed that Kenyans seeking value for their money can opt for concrete houses. This is due to the stability and strength factor of concrete houses.
He also urged Kenyans to ensure they chose high-quality concrete when building.
“Using brick will be much cheaper and lasts longer, but concrete is much stronger depending on the quality of concrete,” he stated.
Measured per square inch, concrete blocks are stronger as opposed to bricks. To put into perspective, concrete can withstand 3,500 per square inch while brick’s limit is set at 3,000 psi.
Contrary to people’s expectations, concrete blocks come in different colours, shades, and patterns. Bricks, which also come in different colours, are not as wide as that concrete blocks.
In the case of concrete blocks, surface erosion tends to expose the aggregate underneath the refined surface.
On the other hand, bricks can easily crack, but due to their solid colouring, it may be hard to detect the blemishes without an in-depth inspection.
Both concrete and bricks offer versatility in terms of being used in different areas of the house, such as garden pathways and driveways.
Some of the blocks made through the Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB) technology.