Take Back Your Weekends: Low Maintenance Materials

Your home should be a place of comfort and joy, not constant work and labor. The easiest way to help ensure that you will be spending more time hanging out on your deck BBQing and less time scrubbing your bathroom grout is to pick low maintenance materials when remodeling your home. Not only will these home remodeling materials make your home look fantastic and reduce your home maintenance needs, but they will also give you back time on your precious weekends.

Fiber-cement siding is an excellent option when you need to replace your siding, and although it does cost more than vinyl siding, it also outlasts vinyl siding because it is resistant to wind, rain, fire and insects. FIber-cement siding can be used in any type of climate, but it is especially an ideal choice if you live in a hot or humid area. Fiber-cement siding can outlast vinyl siding by several decades, which makes it more cost-effective in the long run.

Low maintenance flooring is a really great idea of homeowners, since it is not as difficult to keep them looking clean and they are more scratch-resistant. They have laminate flooring that looks like hardwood or tile, and these are very popular choices for homeowners. If you are using flooring in a bathroom or for your basement, you want to make sure that the flooring you choose is resistant to water. There is nothing worse than suffering a massive flood and having to rip up all of your flooring because it was not water-resistant and it was ruined.

There are many different kinds of beautiful countertops for a kitchen, but some of them can be a bit high-maintenance and hard to keep looking clean. Quartz countertops are engineered and are constructed from natural stone chips, pigments and resins. They look very similar to granite or marble, but you do not have to worry about staining or sealing them. Quartz is also more resistant to heat, scratches and chips.

In terms of your windows, fiberglass windows are a good choice, since they are moisture and rot-resistant, unlike your traditional wood windows. They will not warp or change shape at all when there are changes in temperature and since they have bonded seams, there will not be any separation. You will not have to re-caulk or repaint them as often either, which means they are lower-maintenance.

With your lawn, you might want to consider putting in an irrigation system. The systems they have now feature weather sensors that actually calculate when your lawn needs water and just how much it needs. This means you will spend less time going out to water the lawn yourself and you will not have to spend time putting in new grass seed because your lawn got dried up and died.

Metal roofs are a final low maintenance material option and the material is a lot tougher than asphalt shingles and come with a 40-50 year warranty. Metal is also more resistant to fire.