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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.