Renovating for Low Maintenance: Opt for These Building Materials
Various building material requires more maintenance than others. Increasing numbers of property owners are searching for materials that don’t require much or any routine or annual maintenance. Not surprising, after working all week long, few people want to spend their weekend sealing or cleaning their home’s base materials. If you’re renovating areas of your home or building a house from scratch, you’ll want to consider the following low-maintenance building materials that are known for their durability–and good looks!
Technology has led to many advances in siding production. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance siding option, consider fiber cement siding. It does not contract or expand like traditional types of siding; its stability means that paint suffers less stress. Moreover, this type of siding that features a baked-on finish is designed to last for upwards of 15 years–and it’s resistant to rot.
Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but it takes plenty of care and maintenance to keep it looking that way. If you’re looking for low-maintenance flooring options, consider laminates that feature the look of wood without the associated upkeep. In addition, there are many upscale vinyl flooring products that are also durable and easy to maintain. Today’s vinyl flooring options are versatile and come in a wide range of colors and styles.
One of the drawbacks of a wood deck–it requires routine sealing and staining every couple of years. With composite decking, you don’t have to set aside time for that type of maintenance. Moreover, this material doesn’t warp, splinter, or chip like traditional wood. The only type of maintenance required is periodic cleaning.
Quartz is a great choice for countertops. Like granite, it’s natural and brings an upscale, designer look to kitchens and bathrooms. Unlike granite, however, it doesn’t need to be sealed annually. It boasts outstanding properties that make it resistant to stains, heat, and chips.
Metal roofing comes in styles that mimic the look of slate or tile shingles, but it has the power to last four times longer. In fact, some builders refer to metal roofs as ‘forever roofs’ because they are exceptionally durable. Our contractors can help you select a metal roof that’s ideal for your home.
Exterior trim can enhance the look of your home, but tradition wood trim can be a headache, owing to its maintenance needs. Many homeowners are opting for PVC trim. It mimics the look of wood trim, but it doesn’t require maintenance like painting or sealing. Plus, PVC trim resists rot, chipping, and splintering.
If you are planning a home renovation, we can help you source these types of materials and other low-maintenance materials. In fact, before you choose any materials for your makeover, talk to us. We can advise you about the care requirements for each type of building material so you can make informed decisions about the materials you use. Unless you enjoy spending time painting, sealing, or repairing aspects of your home, you’ll definitely want to consider these types of low-maintenance building materials.
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