Best House Building Materials for Humid Climate
So, you are planning to build your own home in Malaysia, and now you are in the planning stage of the project. The fact that you are researching while you are planning is already a good sign of how serious you are about the project. Well, in this article you will find information that might help you choose the right building materials in Malaysia since not all material is suitable for tropical countries.
Everyone uses wood as a material to build their houses, but not all woods are suitable for the humid climate since wood easily absorb moisture that can cause it to rot easily. But, Engineered hardwood is made in high heat conditions and it uses pressure-treated plywood and/or fiberboard to bond with thin layers of wood, which makes Engineered Hardwood tougher and more watertight, thus making it more suitable for the humid climate.
Clay and lime plasters
These plasters are mold resistant making them perfect in withstand the humid climate. Clay has the capability to allow moisture to pass through structures freely. Clay also can maintain the humidity level inside a building. When it reaches over half the capacity, the plaster will let go of the moisture out. It’s durable, cheap, and easy to use too! So much win
Water Sealant Concrete
Concrete is an effective building material for buildings in humid climate conditions as long as humidity control exists inside the building. When heat flows into the building through vents, windows, and other openings it will create condensation if there is no proper circulation. If it happens, it will sink onto the concrete and damage it.
Thus why it is very important to have proper ventilation and air-flow path within a building and also having water sealant concrete so it can repel water (moisture) too.
Spray Foam Insulation
There are two kinds of spray foam insulation which are the open cell and closed cell.
For humid climates, Open-cell spray foam is used on roofings, attics, walls, and roofs as it is breathable which lets moisture pass through the structure without causing damage to areas it passes through.
For Closed-cell spray foam, it is used on basements and under the area of the floorboards, where damage from outdoor moisture is more likely to happen.
Vinyl Window Frame
As mentioned before, ventilation is an important aspect to build long-lasting house buildings in humid climate regions. So choosing the right window is very important. The best material for humid climate building windows is the energy-efficient kind, such as vinyl. Never forget to properly seal openings and joints of windows so moisture won’t seep in. If you forget, it can cause molding and other variants of bacterias.