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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.