Tips for Selecting Materials for Your Home Renovation Project
If you’re about to embark on a new remodeling or renovation project around the house, you’ll want to spend some time considering materials for the job. Before you decide on materials, take some time to price the going rates for materials you’re most likely to choose. Once you have an idea of cost, you’ll be able to put together a budget and finalize your material choices. Consider the following tips for selecting the home renovation materials that are ideal for your project.
As mentioned, cost is likely going to impact your decision when it comes to materials. If you’re replacing countertops, granite and marble are typically more expensive than ceramic or laminate. Some materials are worth the price tag; however, you might want to invest in the highest-quality materials in spite of their cost for the way they’ll perform over time. If you are interested in a type of material but concerned about its high price, talk to us. We may be able to source these materials for you from our network of suppliers at a cheaper rate.
When choosing materials for your home remodeling project, consider the durability of the materials in question. Cost isn’t always indicative of quality. Some materials are aesthetically appealing and pricey, but may not be the most durable choice for your project. Typically, if you’re renovating part of your home, you don’t want to have to renovate again any time soon. That’s why you should select materials based on their likely longevity. Consider your lifestyle too. Do you have dogs, for instance, or young kids (prone to throwing toys)? You’ll want to install durable flooring in these cases.
If you’re renovating with an eye to enhancing home value or eventually listing your house on the market, consider materials in terms of energy efficiency. If you are adding a new addition to your home, opt for energy-efficient windows. You may also want to consider high-performance, eco-friendly materials for your renovation like bamboo or recycled materials. Again, we can help you source the most energy-efficient materials for your home.
As you reflect on different materials for your project, don’t forget to consider their maintenance needs. You might not want to spend time in summer to re-seal your wood deck or porch. There are many new products on the market today that require little to no maintenance. We can recommend some great low-maintenance materials for your project.
Finally, you’ll want to select materials that are in keeping with the aesthetic appeal of your house or the renovation is apt to look disjointed from the rest of the property. That isn’t to say that you have to perfectly match materials, but it helps to select materials that complement your house’s current design. Take your time to explore a wide range of materials as you design your renovation plan.
Keep these tips in mind as you develop a renovation plan. We’re here to help you every step of the way–from design to project completion.