Building Material Remodeling Trends
Going Green with Modern
New home building material
remodeling trends continue to evolve as homeowners
and contractors look for less expensive and
environmental friendly building material. Whatever
the remodeling project might be; a kitchen,
bathroom or a basement, homeowners and builders are
looking for home remodeling materials that have a
minimum environment impact.
For example, wood flooring
such as bamboo flooring has become increasingly
popular remodeling material because it is a
renewable material resource that is also fast
growing. Bamboo is much faster to grow to harvest
than other woods such as oak, maple and birch.
These remodeling products are often referred to as
“green products” because they are environmental
In addition, lighting
remodeling is quickly moving to less expensive and
energy saving bulbs and fixtures.
Homeowners are converting lighting towards
incandescent light bulbs and LED’s to save money on
energy cost. Both of these new light bulbs only use
a small fraction of the energy that incandescent
light bulbs do.
Metal roofing has also
increased in home construction use.
more homeowners are elect to go with metal roofs
because they last much longer than traditional
asphalt and fiberglass shingles. The difference in
cost is very little and a metal roof will last for
many decades as opposed to shingles that only last
for 20 or 30 years.
Installing solar panels on
residential roofs is also a growing home remodeling
trend. Many solar panel manufacturers offer panels
that look nearly identical to skylights and are
very efficient. However, solar panels are effective
at gathering the suns energy at lower latitudes
than northern regions. If the payback is longer
than twenty five years, solar panels may not be a
cost effective investment. However, if you live in
the lower latitudes, say around thirty degrees
north or south of the equator then just two or
three solar panels positioned properly on your roof
can provide a substantial part of either the
electricity or hot water daily needs for the home.
Using recycled building
material is in use more today than ever before.
Recyclable material is used in flooring, exterior
sheathing and insulation products like blown in
fibrous insulation made from recycled newspapers
Hardwood floors taken from
older houses are often being recycled today. Old
hardwood flooring boards that have been removed
from old homes are being restored to their original
beauty and then reinstalled in new homes.
Fiber cement siding is a
growing home remodeling material trend. Fiber
cement siding holds up better than wood clapboard
siding and looks richer and is more durable than
vinyl siding and wood siding. In addition, it is a
lot less expensive.
While planning your next home
remodeling project take a look at all the new
building material remodeling trends before deciding
on the material you plan to purchase.
these new building materials will save you money
and save vital resources.
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