Green Building Materials

Blufton, SC

If you've already embraced a greener lifestyle, you are probably looking for ways to keep the momentum going. Incorporating this philosophy into your home itself is a huge step that can create added value and a healthier living space for the whole family. If you're thinking of building a new home, now is the time to make crucial decisions regarding your selection of materials. If you plan on staying in your existing home, there are many ways you can incorporate eco-friendly products into your renovation plans.

Green building and home improvement products are plentiful these days and can be surprisingly affordable. With a little research you can transform your living space into an attractive, safe environment while preserving the integrity of the structure. Green can also be beautiful; manufacturers of these versatile products have made it easier than ever to enhance your home's interior with finishes and colors that rival those available in traditional building materials.

Plastics and synthetic carpets contain high levels of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can be harmful to the air you breathe. Bamboo is an attractive alternative to petroleum-based products as well as to wood. It is widely regarded as a green "go-to" material for remodels or new building. Since bamboo regenerates so quickly after the stalks are cut, it saves the unnecessary mass destruction of trees, making it a more earth friendly flooring option. When making lumber selections, be sure to avoid products that are produced from endangered hardwoods or from old growth timber. Recycled and reclaimed wood is a wonderful alternative and can achieve a unique, one-of-a-kind look that will add more character to your living space.

For outdoor spaces, composite materials are available and work beautifully for decking and railings. These materials are made from resin and ground wood fibers and will not rot over time or require painting. Low-maintenance materials such as slate shingles and fiberglass windows have a longer life, thereby reducing the overall amount of replacement materials necessary over the life of a home.

When it comes to countertops there are many great alternative materials available that you can choose from. Many larger manufacturers are now offering sustainable solid surface countertops that contain a percentage of pre-consumer recycled content. Take the time to weigh all of your options and research all the various materials available before installing new countertops in your home. Recycled glass comes in a wide selection of colors and designs and can also be used for decorative backsplashes, tub and shower surrounds, flooring and more. Concrete is another popular choice for its durability and ease of maintenance; it can be a very eye-catching selection. Although many people wouldn't immediately think of stainless steel as a green material, it doesn't deplete any natural resources so it is a great eco-friendly option that can lend a cool industrial feel to your space.

Standard home insulation has been a concern for many due to poor indoor air quality and irritant factors. There are several new non-toxic options available in the marketplace that are more environmentally friendly, including recycled paper, eco-friendly foam and even wool and cotton base products.

All of these products are great alternatives to traditional building materials and can create a healthier living space that will generate a greater return on your home's value when you decide to sell. Take the time to do your homework. Don't shy away from the initial investment, which can lead to significant savings that add up to big dollars over time.

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