New Materials Being Used in Home Remodels

Home construction trends change with the times as innovations become available and preferences chance. As trends change, so do the materials used in home remodels. Here are some of the newest materials now offered by design-build construction companies that you can consider for your next remodel.

Copper Finishes

Of course, chrome, brushed nickel, and stainless-steel finishes are very popular, but copper is a new material increasing in popularity for the finishes in kitchens and bathrooms. Copper is warm, attractive and valuable, a perfect material for use in home remodels given its resilience and natural antibacterial properties. Copper finishes are also ideal for highlighting and offsetting the deep, moody hues and minimalist styles that are taking kitchens and bathrooms by storm. While copper is durable it’s also one of the softer metals making it easier to manipulate into different patterns and designs.

modern kitchen and dining room with open layout

Dark Hues With Bright Contrasts Or All Natural Clean Modern Looks

When it comes to the materials that are most easy to change and update in your home, it comes down to paint and surfaces. The new trends as we look towards 2018 are bright and bold color choices, or clean, natural design. The color forecast for 2018 predicts deep, dark natural hues like earthy browns and coppers, blues and greens will be popular, contrasted with pops of bright orange or yellow, stark white, or even metallic. If you prefer a more pared back look, 2018 designs are all about modern styles integrated with raw, natural materials and finishes for a truly captivating, rustic look.

Sintered Stone

This man-made product is extremely durable and can be used for countertops, flooring, and walls. Sintered stone is made up of natural materials that include: clay, feldspar and other natural minerals and pigments. With a range of finishes from metallic to stone, this unique material is another way to give your project an incredibly unique design feature. One of the significant advantages of this type of high performing surface is non-porous shielding from unwelcome germs, bacteria, and mildew. Among with being resistant to scratches, stains, heat, impact and water damage.

Steel Beams and Panels

Traditionally, homes were constructed with wood frames. But, if you go to the expense of having a home remodeled, you want it to be strong,  and capable of withstanding the elements and natural disasters such as fires. Today, many are turning to steel, mainly recycled steel, for home remodeling. Steel can be cut into custom-sized beams and panels to match the specifications of the home.

Not only is steel a stronger, more durable home building option, it is also more “green” and environmentally friendly. Using steel avoids tree harvesting, and when recycled steel is used, that saves materials from going into landfill.

Reclaimed Wood and Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber

Another way to incorporate recycled materials into your home remodel is with composite lumber made of wood and plastic. For example, this lumber incorporates materials from recycled plastic bags, saving them from ending up in a landfill. You can also choose reclaimed wood for the structure of your home, or for features within your home, such as countertops or furniture. Wood/plastic composite lumber is a durable and non-toxic choice. However, it may not work well in every environment, because temperature changes can affect its rigidity.

Energy-Efficient Roofs and Window

Many people want energy-efficient homes, and they make this update a priority in their remodel. It has become almost standard to update existing windows with energy efficient options. This is a significant investment that ultimately saves money. It is also great for the environment when cool air and warm air are kept inside the home, reducing the drain on electricity and heating resources.

‘Cool Roofing’ can also make your home more energy efficient. While traditional, dark color tiles absorb heat and warm-up your home, the invention of new materials and surface treatments allow the roof to reflect heat, keeping your home cooler.

Choosing the most advanced and modern materials for your new home to remodel allow you to achieve the most outstanding results. Talk to your local design-build company about your choices for innovative new materials for your next remodel.

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