Construction Supply Basics Overview of Building Materials

In this article, we’ll discuss the most common types of construction supply material used to construct residential and commercial buildings. If you’re not sure about what to use for a new building project, this will help give you a starting point.

Construction Supply Materials

In construction project planning, construction supply materials selection is a key factor in ensuring a successful project. These days, there are so many options for various types of materials available to the general public that getting off on the right foot is of upmost importance.

You’re not just selecting a building material, you’re choosing the best solution. There are plenty of factors to consider, and at some point you’ll have to explain to the contractor what all these terms mean. This is where you come in!

To construct a list of important materials, we’ll start with the basic categories and work our way up.

Earth (Soil)

Building with earth is not as simple as it sounds. There are various types of soils to choose from, such as sandy, loamy and clay-based soil. Each has its own pros and cons, but it all comes down to what are you going to do with it? If you’re building a home on a hillside, you’ll definitely want to stick with clay-based soil because it’s highly resistant against erosion (which is one of the most common problems found in hilly areas). But if you’re building a normal house on flat terrain, any type can work.

Clay-based soil is made of varying amounts of sand, silt and clay particles. It’s usually the cheapest material available, but also the most fragile. That’s why it’s best to be used in hilly areas because it won’t erode.

Red clay soil is one of the most well-known types of clay-based soil, partly because its texture resembles brick or concrete. This type of soil is very hard once it dries out, which makes it unsuitable for building with.


Cinder and Concrete Blocks

Cinder blocks are concrete blocks stacked to form columns that are used to support concrete walls built in hilly areas. They’re usually made with red clay, but they can be made with other types of soil as well. Concrete blocks are pieces of poured concrete and are basically the same as cinder blocks.

Cinder blocks have more than a century of history behind them. They’ve been used in construction for decades ever since they were introduced. They’re being used in many areas for constructing residential houses, but they still aren’t adopted by everyone just yet.

Concrete blocks, on the other hand, are cement-based and square shapes, but you can use any type of soil to make them work. They’re very popular in new construction because they’re very cheap and extremely strong since they’re made from cement or concrete. The blocks themselves can either be hollow or solid, depending on the manufacturer.

The biggest downside is that they’re very heavy and difficult to carry once they’re in their original form. This means that you’ll need to place them with cement mortar tubes for easy handling. They’re also not very attractive, which is why we don’t normally see them used in residential homes.

Clay-based Concrete Blocks and Poured Soil Masonry Blocks

You can also find concrete blocks made out of clay-based soil, which makes them resistant to erosion if placed in hilly areas. These blocks don’t come in a specific shape, which is why they’re only used in industrial areas. They’re very durable, but the cost effectiveness of them is somewhat questionable since they can be quite heavy.


Poured soil masonry blocks are also made out of poured soil. They’re manufactured by combining wet soil with straw or shredded paper and then pouring it into a mold that’s left to dry in the sun for days. It then forms into a block structure that’s ready for use almost immediately. It’s basically an ancient way of creating concrete blocks and structures without using cement or mortar.

Perhaps the most common type of block is concrete blocks. This is what’s used in construction sites to build walls, houses, and other types of structures. Unfortunately, they’re highly susceptible to erosion when they’re placed on slopes, which means that they’re not a very good option if you live in an area with a lot of hills. They also crack much easier than other types of blocks since water can penetrate through them pretty easily.

One type of block that you should avoid using for landscaping purposes is called cement and clay brickwork blocks. They’re often used in construction sites to build walls and foundations and are generally very heavy. These blocks are rarely used in landscaping and that’s because they’re very heavy. They also don’t have any drainage features, which means that water will easily gather on the surface of the bricks and cause it to erode much faster than other bricks.

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