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Tips for Picking the Right Commercial Building Materials

By July 5, 2022Builder Tips
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There are plenty of factors to consider when planning your commercial build. What will the building be used for? What sorts of weather conditions will it be subject to? And how well will it stand the test of time?

The foundation of your building rests on the quality of the building materials you choose. Given the importance of this choice, you want to make sure you consider all of your options before you decide. 

You want materials that are aesthetically pleasing, but also long-lasting, durable, and moisture-resistant. To help you get started, we’ve listed a few tips for choosing materials for a commercial building:


Read Also: Five Steps to Commercial Construction


Choosing the Right Supplier

All the careful consideration you put into choosing your materials will be void if they’re delivered in poor condition. You need to find a reputable supplier to source your building materials; otherwise, the construction of your building will be jeopardized. 



Supply chain issues have been plaguing builders for nearly two years now. If you must pay to ship the materials, your costs will increase exponentially. If possible, try to find supplies that are available locally; you can get the materials faster and at a lower cost. 



During the planning process, it might be tempting to cut corners and save money on materials. But in our experience, it pays to invest in quality materials. Doing so will save you on maintenance costs in the long run.

Poor quality materials are more prone to cracking, breaking, or growing mold. This may be due to impact damage, strong winds, or moisture. Save yourself the headache (and the additional costs) by choosing high-quality commercial building supplies from the get-go.


Prioritize Energy Efficiency

Commercial buildings tend to be larger than residential properties. As such, your heating and cooling costs will rise accordingly. You can make them more affordable by choosing building materials that keep treated air in and outside air out.

It might cost more to invest in energy-efficient materials, but think of how much you’ll save on HVAC costs throughout the years! 



The last thing you want to imagine is your new building going down in flames. But it’s an important factor to consider before you start building: How will the materials hold up to fire? Wood won’t be very resilient, but steel has excellent fire resistance


During Construction

Once you start researching commercial construction materials, you’ll find that the good stuff doesn’t come cheap. When you eventually ship those supplies to your property, it’s important to monitor them with proper security measures. 

Protect your property during your renovations and after with commercial alarm systems. We recommend storing your building materials in a monitored and locked area. 


Your commercial building is an investment; protect it by choosing the right materials during construction. We hope these tips help you narrow down your options. 

Need a hand with your next project? At Urbano Design & Build, we can help you with each step of the process. With our vast experience and attention to detail, you can trust that our builders will get the job done properly. For more details, contact us today!

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