Choosing the Right Type of Materials for Your Home’s Sustainability

September 14, 2018
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When you’re in the process of building or remodeling your home, you want to make sure that the materials you choose to use are the right ones for your home. You need to take into consideration the sustainability you want, the weather conditions your home will face year after year, and the maintenance you’re willing to put into keeping up the home itself.

There are many options out there for you to choose from sustainable materials to remodel or build. Knowing what options you have is key to making the right choice for your home property. Check out these sustainable options for your home to see what works best for your location and style.

Picking the Best Siding for Your Home

When it comes to siding your home, there are several sustainable options out there. Fiber cement siding or vertical siding, for example, can help you to offer a safety that other options do not have. It can also increase your energy conservation as well. They are not going to face the typical wood-borne pests other options do and they help to block harmful UV rays which can damage some types of house siding.

Other siding options include steel siding that gives you an easy to maintain, energy efficient log home look. Wood siding can give you a unique rustic design as well as being easy to keep wood-borne pests away. Your house siding choice should be one you take into careful consideration. There are many options to choose from and each has their own benefits.

Choosing Traditional Brick

Some people prefer the look of brick over siding. As long as brick is properly cleaned and maintained, it can last a long time. Be sure to learn how to clean your brick walls as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to properly clean your brick and it could cost you in the future.

Breathable House Wrap

You may not have heard of a house wrap before but it’s time that you did. House wrap under siding can offer an extra layer of protection between your siding and the inner parts of your home. This is important as it blocks dangerous moisture from seeping in and causing havoc on your residence. This easy to install layer together with a sturdy exterior wall sheathing adds more protection from air seeping in as well while providing your home a safety net from mold or mildew growing on the walls.

A Good Foundation is Key

Another factor you need to remember when talking sustainable homes is the foundation of the home itself. If you’re building a new home, you want to consider an ICF home. This type of home offers a sustainable material that is durable and can withstand winds upwards of 250 mph. If you’re living in a hurricane or high tornado area, this could be a huge benefit to you. ICF homes offer you protection against the elements, conservation of energy, cutting power bills each month and a four-hour fire safety rating as well. These are a great choice for you to use as they are easy to maintain too.

The Perfect Roofing Option

When it comes to your roof, remember that it is the first line of defense in your home from the weather. It keeps the sun from burning you, it helps to block rain from getting in the home, and it is also the protection against dangerous storms. When you’re talking to your roof contractor about the right roof for you, there are some factors to consider. Make sure you take into consideration the type of area you live in. There are some roofs that do not well in high-humidity climates, for example. Also, consider what type of maintenance you’re willing to put into keeping the roof up. Tile roofs, as an example, take much more work to maintain than a typical shingle style roof would. The cost is also a factor as some roofs are much more expensive than others. It is very important for the safety of your family that you choose the right roofing materials.

Your roofing contractor can go over all the pros and cons with you to make sure you have the right setup for your home.


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