Residential

Home Trends: Designing Your Home for Lower Maintenance

Own­ing a home is one of the biggest invest­ments you will make in your life­time. While you want to take care of your house, you don’t want to get stuck in an end­less cycle of spend­ing your time and mon­ey on home main­te­nance, repairs or emer­gen­cies. From the struc­ture of your house to the look of your land­scap­ing, here are five ways you can make your home main­te­nance rou­tine an eas­i­er one.

1. Long-Last­ing and Envi­ron­men­tal­ly Sound Met­al Roofing

Whether you are in your for­ev­er home” or just think­ing about re-sell val­ue down the road, a roof that comes with up to a 50-year war­ran­ty sounds like a great idea, right? Met­al roof­ing is one of the tough­est roof­ing options on the mar­ket today. Typ­i­cal­ly made from steel or alu­minum, met­al roof­ing is envi­ron­men­tal­ly sound and vir­tu­al­ly maintenance-free.

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Although the ini­tial cost of met­al roof­ing is more expen­sive than asphalt shin­gles, keep in mind you won’t be repair­ing or replac­ing the roof for up to 50 years — that’s half a cen­tu­ry and a lot of extra time and mon­ey saved in the long term. 

For those con­cerned about the look of met­al roof­ing, there are met­al options designed to look like more tra­di­tion­al roof­ing mate­ri­als like wood, clay and slate. 

2. Durable and Easy to Clean Lam­i­nate Floors and Countertops

Typ­i­cal­ly, kitchens (where you find the most counter space) are the most used rooms in the house, and floors reg­u­lar­ly take a beat­ing from the every­day traf­fic they expe­ri­ence. That’s why lam­i­nate is one of the most pop­u­lar solu­tions for low main­te­nance floors and countertops. 

Avail­able in many styles and price points, lam­i­nate pro­vides pro­tec­tion from mois­ture, UV rays and scratch­ing, mak­ing your floors and coun­ter­tops long-last­ing and easy to clean. 

Countertop

What is lam­i­nate? Lam­i­nate is pressed wood (par­ti­cle­board) formed into sheets. The tops of the sheets are cov­ered with a real­is­tic image of wood or stone, and then they are cov­ered with a wear lay­er”, which is a durable, thin, clear plas­tic sheet. This plas­tic lay­er serves as the key fea­ture of lam­i­nate, keep­ing out exte­ri­or ele­ments that wreak hav­oc on high traf­fic areas of the house like the kitchen and floors. 

3. Keep Your Lawn Look­ing Col­or­ful Year After Year With Perennials

Using peren­ni­als in your land­scap­ing is a great low main­te­nance way to bring col­or and dimen­sion to your land­scap­ing. While you will have to do some plan­ning and yard work when you begin your flower bed land­scap­ing, once plant­ed, peren­ni­al flow­ers will con­tin­ue to grow and bloom for sev­er­al years. 

Perennial

Peren­ni­al flow­ers do more than just save you time dur­ing the plant­i­ng phase; they usu­al­ly require few­er nutri­ents and water through­out the spring and sum­mer. While flow­ers are always a col­or­ful addi­tion to any yard, there are also a vari­ety of attrac­tive peren­ni­al non-bloom­ing plants you can choose from to mix in with your flowers.

Whether you love col­or­ful blooms or enjoy beau­ti­ful, lush green plants, there are a lot of peren­ni­al options that will work in var­i­ous types of soil, once again mak­ing peren­ni­als the ulti­mate choice for low effort and big reward when it comes to great landscaping. 

4. Vir­tu­al­ly Main­te­nance-Free and Eco-Friend­ly Steel Siding

Your home’s sid­ing (also known as cladding) is respon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing the struc­ture of your home and its inte­ri­or. Met­al sid­ing can be made from steel, alu­minum, zinc or cop­per, and is an option that is very durable and low maintenance. 

Siding

Among your met­al options, steel is one of the more eco­nom­i­cal choic­es avail­able. With a life expectan­cy of more than 40 years, steel sid­ing requires almost no main­te­nance oth­er than an annu­al water wash­ing — sav­ing you both mon­ey and time. 

In addi­tion to being fire-resis­tant, met­al sid­ing is also known to with­stand severe weath­er. When it comes to the sun’s dam­ag­ing UV rays, met­al sid­ing keeps its col­or longer than oth­er types of sid­ing and is known to cre­ate a seam­less look once installed. There are also eco-friend­ly steel sid­ing options out there that are made from 100 per­cent recy­cled metal.

5. Insu­lat­ed Con­crete Block Pro­tects Your Home and Saves Energy

When it comes to ener­gy, health and safe­ty, insu­lat­ed con­crete block (ICB) or forms (ICF) is the best option for your home’s frame. ICB and ICF have sev­er­al ben­e­fits that make them a bet­ter choice when com­pared to wood frame con­struc­tion.

Bautex

ICB and ICF sys­tems, like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, are fire resis­tant and reduce the spread of flames when com­pared to wood frames. From nat­ur­al dis­as­ters to nor­mal wear and tear from the ele­ments, ICB and ICF have a high­er resis­tance to dam­age and can with­stand 250 mile-per-hour winds and the debris they car­ry with them. 

Insects like ter­mites can­not pen­e­trate ICB and ICF, and nei­ther can mois­ture — sav­ing you a lot of time and mon­ey on cost­ly repairs. They also cre­ate an effi­cient build­ing enve­lope that helps reduce ener­gy use and pro­tects you from sum­mer heat and win­ter cold. 

If cost­ly, time-con­sum­ing main­te­nance isn’t for you, there are sev­er­al things you can do to low­er your costs and give your­self more free time to enjoy doing the things you love most. If you want to learn more about build­ing with ICF to cre­ate a secure, ener­gy-effi­cient home, con­tact Bau­tex today.