The walls of the home you’ll live in for decades are made of various kinds of concrete.
They include the softer stuff, the hard stuff, and the soft stuff, called fiberboard.
Fiberboard is typically made from fiberglass, and many home improvement stores sell it as well.
It’s a cheaper way to construct concrete walls than the more expensive hard-concrete materials you’ll find in brick, but it’s not as strong as steel, and it doesn’t last as long.
If you want to make your concrete wall thicker, you can buy fiberboard instead of concrete to make the same wall look thicker, said Mike Belshe, director of the fiberboard industry trade group.
Fiberglass, which is harder than concrete, is cheaper to produce.
It costs less to buy, too, because you don’t have to drill holes in the concrete.
Fiberboards are lighter than concrete and don’t need as much work to be used.
They’re also easier to work with.
Belshel said he’s heard of people who are building a concrete wall using fiberboard and then using steel to finish it off, but he said the fiberboards are still much lighter.
So why does fiberboard cost less than concrete?
Belshes answer: Fiberboard doesn’t have the same strength, and there’s a reason: The concrete isn’t strong enough.
Bilshes said it’s possible to make fiberboard stronger than steel, but not strong enough to withstand being bent by a falling tree branch.
That means the fibers will bend at an angle.
Bids for the fiberglass or steel materials will be much higher, and they’ll be cheaper to build than fiberboard, Belshed said.
So where does the money go?
The fiberboard companies that make the fiber are required to report how much they make from each product.
The report usually shows the profit margin, or the difference between the cost of making the fiber and the cost to make each unit of that product.
Bills for fiberboard are often much higher than for concrete, because the concrete companies have to buy more concrete, said David Winterer, a construction industry consultant who specializes in fiberboard construction.
Fiber boards are made in China, and that means it costs a lot more to make them there than it does in the U.S. The average price of fiberboard in the United States is $1,200 per foot, but some companies make it cheaper with cheaper materials, said Winterers co-founder Scott Schleifman.
If the price of concrete is high, you’ll see fiberboard prices drop, too.
But fiberboard is more expensive because it takes longer to make, so you’ll pay more upfront for that.
Balshe said he hasn’t seen anyone making fiberboard for years, and he doesn’t expect to see it in the homes he sells.
He said companies have been using fiberboards for years as an alternative to concrete because of the cheaper cost, and companies have a good reputation for making good products.
But Belshing said fiberboard should be on everyone’s radar, especially in the construction industry.
It has a low carbon footprint, he said.
It can be made from a wide variety of materials, including fiberglass and fiberboard; there’s also concrete and plaster.
Batshit crazy, right?
The Fiberglass Industry trade group says fiberboards can be built for anywhere from $500 to $1.5 million, depending on the price you can find.
It doesn’t mean fiberboard won’t cost more, though.
You could use the same fiberboard to make concrete walls and then use it to make wood for the same price, Bilshe said.
If fiberboard isn’t the best option for your project, Balshes said you could try other materials, like wood, plaster, or metal.