Why use a concrete hull?
In the case of a floating home, think of the hull as the foundations of a house. What are the key ingredients required? It needs to be strong, require little or no maintenance, and be financially viable.
Now consider the traditional method of using steel to build houseboat hulls in the UK. It comes riddled with problems: rust, high maintenance and poor longevity. However, a hull made of concrete is strong, does not rot, requires no maintenance and has excellent longevity (in many cases, better than a house). Of course it is built to float, but, like the foundations of a house, most of the structure sits below the ground; or in this case, the water.
Benefits of a concrete hull
Whether it be for a residential floating home, office, restaurant, clubhouse or other commercial structure, there are many benefits in using a concrete hull:
- Maintenance free.
- No antifouling or treatment needed.
- Design choices are limitless for the superstructure (the concrete hull is only partially seen).
- Two floor structures with the basement floor partly or fully submerged offers fantastic use of premium mooring spaces.
- Fantastic longevity when compared to steel hulls (in fact, even better than many house foundations).
Concrete is eco friendly
Reinforced concrete is extremely long lasting therefore its carbon footprint is reduced over time.