Thinking Green When Redesigning Your Home’s Exterior

When you are redesigning the exterior of your home or if you are a New home builder, you may not think in a totally eco-conscious way. And when it comes to refurbishing the exteriors, one of the best firms that come to the mind are Northern Lights Exteriors. It is easy to choose conventional designs and materials and overlook the green materials and energy-saving designs that you have access to nowadays. By thinking green for the outside of your home, you’re being both eco-conscious AND smart about your own consumption. Even a simple choice like the right roofing materials could mean up to a 30% decrease in your home’s energy needs. Here are some options for ‘greening’ home exterior design.

    • Roofing material.
      From a recycling standpoint, roofs can use plenty of reclaimed material like slate, clay, or rubber. From an energy-saving standpoint, a “cool roof” (a light color such as white) can help keep summer energy costs down by reflecting away much of the sun’s daytime heat. Standing-seam metal roofs and corrugated roofing are options provided by AEWR that combine elements of usability, recyclability, and durability.
    • Siding options.
      Reclaimed wood is a beautiful rustic option for homes’ siding, and it has an added advantage of saving some trees. A lower-maintenance and less expensive alternative to wood is fiber-cement composite. Green siding options are still a bit limited, but stucco and cement options that are made with recycled materials and less energy-intensive to create are in development and are options to consider in the near future.
    • Driveway “paving.”
      Driveways can be made out of many recycled materials nowadays, including recycled asphalt or rubber. Or you could just do the traditional concrete, just make sure to hire Solid Concrete Contractors Las Vegas, they are professional and do a great job. It’s a great way to re-use rubber that’s tough to recycle otherwise, like that from tires.
    • Solar panel or water collection integration.
      When re-roofing or redesigning large sections of your house, why not consider this a perfect opportunity for integrating savvy and green fixtures like solar panels or a water collection system?  Experts from McGuire Property Management advise you to check for restrictions (and perks!) from your HOA, city, or county.
    • Low VOC paints and adhesives.
      If repainting or using adhesives, consider non-toxic and low-VOC options that are more eco-friendly both in production and in use. Your lungs, and the environment, will thank you.
    • Greening your garden spaces.
      If you’re working on curb appeal anyways, consider creating or updating a garden space with environmental efficiency AND beauty in mind. Choose edible crops, or keep it simple and plant wildflowers and other pretty, sweet-smelling things that benefit local fauna like honeybees. Plan a spot for a compost bin that reduces home food waste and also puts your scraps to good use by making rich soil for your gardens.

Eco-friendly living doesn’t have to stop with the inside of your house or keeping litter picked up outside. ‘Greening’ up your home’s outside is as easy as a little research. If you’re using a professional construction or repair team, ask them about green options they can use for your projects.

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