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Commonly asked questions

Q: What are the major benefits of Concrete vs Timber?

A: Concrete has superior structural strength over timber which makes it impervious too, natural disasters like earth quakes, floods & strong winds.

  • Concrete does not Rot, Leak or Burn.

  • Concrete does not Warp or Twist like timber.

  • Concrete structures often require less maintenance.


Q: Is Concrete Environmentally friendly?


  • A: Yes, Concrete is recyclable. Crushed concrete can be used as aggregate in new concrete mixes, reducing the demand for virgin materials. Recycling concrete also diverts waste from landfills.

  • The production of concrete has become more energy-efficient over time. Modern cement kilns often use alternative fuels and advanced technologies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • A lot less of materials are required on site when using precast concrete, contributes to reduction of overall waste.

Q: Are concrete homes more expensive than traditional homes?
A: While the initial construction cost of a concrete home may be slightly higher, the long-term benefits make it a worthwhile investment. Concrete homes are incredibly durable, energy-efficient, and low maintenance, which can lead to significant savings in the long run. Moreover, our team at NZ Concrete Homes offers competitive pricing and flexible financing options to make building a concrete home more affordable for our clients.
Q: Can I customize the design of my concrete home?
A: Absolutely! At NZ Concrete Homes, we believe in creating homes that reflect the individuality and lifestyle of our clients. We offer custom design/build options, allowing you to personalize your dream home to suit your unique preferences and needs. Our expert architects and designers will collaborate with you to bring your vision to life, resulting in a one-of-a-kind concrete home that you'll love.

Q: How long does the construction process take?
A: The construction timeline can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. However, with our experienced team and efficient project management, we strive to complete the building process on time. During the planning phase, we'll provide you with a realistic estimate of the construction timeline, ensuring transparency and clear expectations throughout the process.

Q: What kind of warranties do you offer on your concrete homes?
A: At NZ Concrete Homes, we stand behind the quality of our work and the materials we use. We provide comprehensive warranties on our concrete homes to give you peace of mind. Our team will explain the specific warranties applicable to your project during the quoting process, so you can be confident in the lasting value and durability of your new home.

Q: Do I need to secure my own land before starting the building process?

A: Not necessarily. We offer a planning feasibility assessment as part of our quoting process to help you determine the suitability of potential land for your project. If you haven't secured land yet, our team can guide you in finding a suitable location for your new concrete home, considering factors like zoning, environmental considerations, and local regulations.

Q: How do I get started with NZ Concrete Homes for my design/build project?

A: Getting started is easy! Simply reach out to our friendly team to schedule a free consultation. During this session, we'll discuss your vision, requirements, and budget. Our team will guide you through the entire process, from planning and design to obtaining resource consent and building consent. Let's begin the journey to your dream concrete home together!

Q: Is insulation necessary for a concrete home? 


A: Absolutely! While concrete inherently offers thermal mass properties, adding insulation enhances energy efficiency, making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly.  Ideally, insulation should be integrated during the construction phase, once the walls are framed and before they are enclosed. However, retrofitting insulation is possible if needed. Insulation installation typically involves preparing the surfaces, measuring and cutting insulation materials to fit precisely, and securing them in place. The chosen insulation type determines the specific process.

Q: What are insulation options for a concrete home? 

A: There are various insulation options for concrete homes, including:

  •  Spray Foam Insulation: Applied as a liquid, it expands to form a seamless, airtight barrier, providing excellent thermal resistance and sealing gaps effectively.

  • Rigid Foam Board Insulation: Installed on the exterior or interior of the concrete walls, these boards offer high insulating value and moisture resistance.

  • Batt Insulation: Fiberglass or mineral wool batts can be used within wall cavities, providing good insulation and soundproofing properties.

  • Reflective Foil Insulation: Reflects radiant heat, making it a suitable choice for roofs and attics.

Consult with our experts to determine the best insulation type based on your climate, budget, and energy efficiency goals. Factors such as R-value, installation ease, and moisture resistance should be considered.

Q: Will insulated concrete homes save on energy costs?

A: Absolutely. Insulated concrete homes maintain comfortable temperatures more efficiently, reducing the need for heating and cooling, resulting in significant energy savings over time.

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