When considering a remodelling project in your home (or even a brand new self-build) it’s worth putting some thought into the materials you will be using. Different materials will have different practical advantages and disadvantages, on top of having different costs. Here’s a brief guide to picking the right resources for your renovation.
Cost vs quality
Low-cost materials will generally be lesser quality. If the material is only for aesthetic purposes, lower quality may not matter so much. For example, khaya and sapele could be just as good choices for a dark wood countertop as mahogany. When considering metal building homes and cost per square inch however, a more premium and higher quality metal could be a better choice over a cheap steel. This is because the steel will need to be sturdy and durable against weathering – opt for something cheap and it could result in a weaker structure.
Considering faux materials
Occasionally, you may be able to find a cheaper imitation material that is just as practical. Cultured marble is a synthetic version of the real thing that could be far better when considering a new stylish bathroom sink or kitchen worktop. Only a few people will be able to distinguish it from the real thing. There are even paints that can be used to imitate the likes of marble and ceramic.
Shopping second hand
Second hand materials can also save you costs whilst also being as good quality. You’ll find plenty of people online selling cut-offs from construction projects and pre-used half-full buckets of paint. You should be wary of some second hand materials that may be a little more worn such as old flooring or bathroom fixtures. It’s also worth always buying from a reputable seller – a shady seller may try to flog stolen materials or knock-off materials.
Reflecting on your choices
Certain materials will reflect light more than others. This can be important to consider if you’re trying to brighten up your home. Mirrored furniture will of course have the biggest effect, however stainless steel sinks, glossy paint and ceramic tiled floors can all let in more light too. Avoid dark woods, concrete and matte paints if you’re trying to bring in light.
Insulating your property
Various materials will also have greater insulating properties than others. If you want to save energy costs in the long run, it could be worth looking into different woods and cement mixtures. When it comes to cavity wall insulation materials, there are various solutions such as urea formaldehyde foam and polystyrene, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses.