Have you been thinking about doing a home upgrade? Maybe you want to update your kitchen, or you are looking into installing skylights. Whatever you have in mind, consider making your home updates sustainable improvements. These updates will not only look great and are good for the environment but increase your home’s resale value. Here are some ideas:
Consider an energy saving roof
If your roof needs repairs, there are different ways you can remodel it and make sustainable upgrades. Solar panels may be ideal if you live in a location with a lot of sun so that you can take advantage of sustainable energy and lower your monthly bills.
Alternatively, if you live in a more wooded area, skylights can prove to be a helpful energy saving roof upgrade, as they allow more natural light to get in. They also help to keep the air flowing in your home, so that you can stay cool and comfortable during particular warm months.
Use reclaimed lumber
If you are hoping to upgrade your hardwood floors, instead of shopping for brand new material, consider doing your part for the environment by using reclaimed lumber. Whether you use wood repurposed from coffee tables or shelves, professional contractors can turn this used material into something glorious in your home.
Plus, while you’re helping the environment, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful older wood can look in your home, whether you’re updating your home office or working on kitchen remodeling.
Switch to composite wood
Another way to opt-out of using new wood is to go for composite materials. For instance, boards for decks now come in materials made from both wood fibers and recycled plastics. These composite boards have colors, textures, and finishes resembling different types of real wood. That means you can still achieve an all-natural look with more durable materials requiring less maintenance.
They’re also perfect for the outdoors as they won’t rot or fade even with constant exposure to sun or rain. You can combine these boards with a variety of decking plugs made from the same materials or PVC. These can hide unsightly metal fasteners and ensure a sleek look for your deck. Making your home sustainable doesn’t mean having to give up the aesthetic you want.
Invest in durable materials for your kitchen
Are you updating your kitchen backsplash or are you installing new cabinets? Keep in mind that the kitchen goes through a lot of wear and tear. Make sure you invest in the most durable materials to ensure longevity in your home.
If you can, use repurposed materials, whether it’s wood or tiles in your kitchen, for a more sustainable, environmentally friendly kitchen. There are plenty of suppliers out there offering reclaimed materials that can be made into beautiful designs in your home. It’s just a matter of looking.
Choose your door material carefully
Did you know that your door may be the reason why your electric bill is so high? The wrong door can have your hot or cool air escaping, which can lead to your home not being as cool or warm as you want it to be.
Also, if there’s a draft, chances are that moisture is getting in and that could lead to mold. If you’re thinking about a door upgrade, consider fiberglass doors. Installing a fiberglass door is a highly sustainable option that is durable and energy efficient.
Update lighting with energy-efficient options
Maybe all you want to do is update your lighting. If that’s the case, shop around for energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures that are made from reclaimed materials. A part of doing sustainable upgrades in your home is to look at the way that you use energy in it, as well as the type of materials being used in it.
From natural and organic materials to recycled items, you can make your home look like a million dollars while doing your part for the environment.
We typically do upgrades in our homes with the resale value in mind. However, it could be a good idea to also think about how sustainable your home is and if you’re making decisions that are helpful for the planet.
From the wood you use while remodeling the living room to the backsplash installed in your kitchen, take your time when remodeling your home to work with durable and sustainable materials that will benefit both the environment and your bank account.