Some homes are high-maintenance, and that costs time and money. Here are a few ideas on how to turn that high-maintenance home into a low-maintenance one:

  1. Select siding such as fiber-cement siding; it is a tough, long-lasting fiber-cement material that is easier on paint (not so much expanding and contracting as wood), and is rot, fire, and insect proof. Warranties are for 30 to 50 years.
  2. Metal roofing is one of the toughest, most maintenance free roofing materials made. As you may already know, it is fire resistant, and comes in shapes that mimic slate, clay tiles and wood shakes. You’ll want baked-on enamel finish with rust-proof undercoating. Warranties run for 40 to 50 years, which says a lot about the low-maintenance value of this material.
  3. Laminate plank flooring has a tough clear plastic layer that resists scratches, moisture and stains. Little to no expansion and contraction, so seams won’t open up during wide temperature changes.
  4. Quartz countertops are a tough, durable, antimicrobial, stain and scratch resistant material.
  5. Composite decking won’t chip, splinter or fade. It does not require refinishing or painting, and won’t rot. Life expectancy is 50 years.After photo - Multi-level new deck with custom built-in seating, Bellingham

So, when you have some remodeling and upgrading done to your home, consider having some of these materials incorporated into the design.

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