The next time you remodel or rebuild an area of your home, consider the benefits of choosing sustainable, earth-friendly materials. A lot of the green materials available today have benefits beyond helping the planet – many are more durable and cost-friendly than their traditional counterparts, which can leave you and your wallet happy.
Fiber-cement siding earns its green points for durability. Composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber, fiber-cement siding is often guaranteed to last up to 50 years. This strong, stable siding is also water-resistant, termite-resistant, and less expensive than stucco, brick, or wood. It can be painted any color, and comes in a variety of styles.
Natural paint contains almost no toxic or hazardous materials, yet lasts just as long as oil- and latex-based paint. Conventional paints may cause headaches, dizziness, eye and throat irritation, and even memory problems. The full effects of paint fumes on one’s health are still unknown. Why not play it safe and choose a natural alternative for your next paint job?
Solar roofing is designed to save energy, making it a wise investment for saving money on home energy bills while helping the planet. Solar shingles can either co-exist with your current roofing materials or be installed to replace traditional shingles. The environmental impact is great, and the options for cost, installation, and style continue to improve.
Recycled roofing is made to look like slate tile, but is actually made from recycled rubber and plastic. As a result, it’s cheaper to buy and install, plus much lighter than real slate. Who knew old tires, carpets, and metals could be put to such good use?
Salvaged hardware can add character to your interior or exterior doors, and save some pretty pieces from winding up in a landfill. Vintage doorknobs and doorplates can usually be purchased at a fraction of the cost of new versions, with a healthy dose of environmental goodwill as an added bonus.
Doing good for the planet can have years of positive rewards for you and your family. Think green the next time you plan a home remodeling project, and see just how great the benefits can be!