Building product manufacturers have come a long way in recent times. Decades ago, wood roofing shingles or wood millwork had a relatively short lifespan due to environmental conditions.
In today's marketplace, homeowners can easily locate building products that have lifetime warranties and are constructed to withstand almost anything Mother Nature throws at them.
"Synthetic products are a huge advancement for the building industry," says Mark Clement, contractor and host of MyFixItUpLife radio show. "Products like DaVinciRoofscapes slate and shake roofing tiles are made of polymer and have a 50-year warranty. And, fiberglass doors, urethane millwork and vinyl windows are all great examples of products constructed for low-maintenance ease combined with very impressive product warranties --- plus they look great!"
If you're constructing a new home, start by paying special attention to the basement. Superior Walls offers Xi insulated concrete wall systems that are custom created for homeowners. The energy-efficient Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and 2-1/2-inches of insulation to create a permanent barrier against sidewall water penetration. The sturdy panels are constructed using steel rebar inside the studs and beams for strength. Built to last, Superior Walls Xi foundations systems are backed by a 15-year warranty.
Moving up the house, vinyl windows from Simonton Windows are crafted for maximum energy efficiency and low maintenance. Vinyl is an effective insulator, and combined with a strong glass package, provides optimum energy efficiency and helps lower utility bills.
Select a fiberglass entryway system married with urethane millwork and you've chosen more building products meant to last. Therma-Tru offers a wide variety of reliable, energy-efficient fiberglass door systems. Each door is constructed with a polyurethane foam core, can be ordered ENERGY STAR qualified, and provides four times the insulation of a wood door. Best of all, fiberglass doors will not rot, split or crack, plus they will not rust, dent or ding.
When using decorative trim around a window or door, you create a winning combination. The crisp, architecturally-correct details on Fypon's urethane products are crafted from tough, weather-proof, high-performance materials. Pilasters, crossheads and pediments are all impervious to decay, insect infestation and water damage and are crafted for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance.
While all areas of a home's exterior can receive a beating from severe weather and harmful ultraviolet rays, the roof is easily the building product that is most subjected to the elements.
"The DaVinci polymer slate roofing tiles on my home resist fire, impact, wind and other weather conditions," says Clement. "These tiles have their colors blended completely throughout each piece and will resist fading over time because of the UV protection built into each tile.
"Products like polymer roofing tiles, which are a good environmental choice and are guaranteed to last for 50 years, are a smart choice for a home. Doing research up front to find the best products in the marketplace will result in many savings --- on long-term maintenance, utility costs and repair or premature product replacement."