For many, home improvement projects are more than an upgrade for looks, it is intended to create something that will last. With so many building options out there, it can be hard for you to determine which materials are best to use. The information below represents just four of your home’s features that can be improved using longer-lasting materials.
One area of the home design that has seen an explosion of building options over the last century has been flooring. These changes have not always proved to long-lasting, however, and returning to real hardwood floorings can provide you with both beauty and longevity. Engineered woods have a warranty range up to 30-years, with some hardwood products guaranteed for 50-years. If well cared for, hardwood floors can last for a century.
Exterior Walls and Structures
You won’t have to do vast research to show how durable brick can be. One look at many parts of Europe reveals homes that are hundreds of years old. In North America, older homes along the east coast demonstrate this as well. Upgrades to your home’s exterior projects can easily last a century or more with this low-maintenance building material.
One part of a home that seems to always need replacement is the roof. The reality is, many roofing materials just struggle to last. One longer-lasting option you might want to consider is metal roofing. With asphalt shingles lasting only 12 to 20 years, it is likely you replace the roof at least once or twice. Metal roofing products are guaranteed to last far longer, with some warranties covering up to 70-years of use on a home.
Retaining Walls and Raised Areas
Many homeowners will build their retaining walls and raised garden areas with wood. They soon discover the need for heavy maintenance and limited life expectancy of using wood in the soil. Concrete is a cost-effective solution that can last for the life of your home. It won’t rot like wood and will be easy for you to care for.
Upgrades That Last
The list above is far from exhaustive but it does represent common home elements that homeowners upgrade. The materials suggested can be used in other types of upgrades you have planned. Many of the materials have been in use for hundreds or thousands of years, and for good reason. Keep them in mind and build to last a lifetime.