Jul 07, 2007 6:26 pm
We are looking into hebel or other aerated concrete products as an alternative to typical brick work.
Have any of you built your homes with these products? If so what was the result were you happy with it, are you impressed with its insulative qualities, was it a more expensive process in comparison than building the standard way?
Did you face any problems like rising dampness etc?
Many thanks in adbance for any advice.
Re: Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!2
Jul 09, 2007 12:12 pm
I researched this product and was really keen to get it. Unfortunately I couldn't justify the extra $12k we were quoted (including rendering all over) by the builder. So we just ended up with brick veneer.
Re: Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!3
Jul 10, 2007 11:23 pm
we start our build in october and we are using hebel. We chose a builder who only builds with hebel as we like the product and it suits our needs i.e. thermally efficient, soundproofing etc. Our builder is familiar with the product. I have heard of joints 'spilling' if it is used incorrectly so choose someone who knows what they are doing.
That said, we feel confident in our builder ... hope we feel the same in 6 months.
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Jul 11, 2007 6:52 am
Many people over here(Bratislava) are using hebel or similar products for their houses. Looking at new houses, 50% are classic brick, 40% are hebel, ytong, etc and 10% wood. Few years ago it was 90% brick. Not sure if its a good marketing campaign for the new product or it is really that good. Fact is, its lightweight and has a good heat isolation. But I heard the sound isolation isn't that good(not a problem on a big ground) and its not as stable as brick, which is more heavy. I don't know if its true or not.
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Jul 11, 2007 10:44 am
Check out http://wwwtimercrete.com.au
When I spoke to them they said unrenedered they are cheaper than brick, but rendering will add to the cost.
But for me - I'd go timbercrete way before brick.
I've lived in a mudbrick house and the thermal advanatges are very nice to enjoy winter and summer.
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Re: Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!6
Jul 11, 2007 12:08 pm
Just had a look at their site. Looks really good. Shame that it is too late for this house. Perhaps I'll build a shed with them.
I like the idea of being able to do a custom design.
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