It’s often assumed that buying green building materials can cost an arm and a leg. However, this simply isn’t true. In fact, many construction companies and custom home builders are beginning to discover the benefits of using recycled or natural materials in all of their custom home building projects in Arizona. And the benefits can also help homeowners save money each month as they live in their new homes.
Eco-Friendly Materials And Its Benefits
Whether it’s natural flooring materials, recycled or natural paints and even insulation made out of recycled newspaper, using green building materials is becoming extremely popular.
Benefits of Green Flooring Materials
We’re not suggesting that you paint your floors inside your new custom home green per-say, but, using eco-friendly materials like bamboo, cork, salvaged wood planks and even carpeting manufactured from recycled products can spice up your home – and save money down the road.
- First, it’s amazing what you can do with salvaged wood. However, did you know that some custom homebuilders specialize in installing hardwood flooring out of recycled materials? And by using up recycled flooring, a custom homebuilder can pass the savings along to the customer.
- Recycled carpeting can also be advantageous for homeowners that move into a newly built custom home. But, many of today’s leading manufacturers of recycled carpeting also claim that their products are softer, hold up longer and even are more aesthetically pleasing than new materials. Plus, just like the above example, they tend to be less costly.
Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Paint
Although using recycled materials like newspaper for insulation is a great way to protect your home, the use of eco-friendly paints is becoming rampant, especially in Arizona where we have to worry about heat and its impact on how paint dries and wears within our homes. Here are just a few of the benefits of using ‘green’ paint inside your new custom home.
Much Fewer VOC’s
VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted when chemicals are introduced into paint in factories. They also tend to spread when you apply them on walls. However, eco-friendly paints contain zero to very little traces of VOC’s, which is a positive attribute for any home owner.
Health Benefits Of Eco-Friendly Paints
There are several people who have allergic reactions to VOC’s. Most traditional paints also give off fumes that can cause COPD flair ups and other breathing problems. However, eco-friendly paints produce very little odors, which are caused by formaldehyde and ammonia in most common paints. Since natural paints don’t include these harmful substances, you’ll breathe much better inside a home with eco-friendly paint.
Most Green Building Materials Can Be Cost Efficient
A common rule of thumb for manufacturers is that customer demand often dictates pricing. However, green building materials are an exception to this rule. The US Federal Government has begun to impose better standards to the materials used daily to construct new homes. When the materials used are recycled, the Federal Government also provides tax incentives to many manufacturers for offering this vital option. As such, their cost of goods is lower and often passed along to the consumer.
When constructing your new custom home, using green building is not only better for the environment, but it can also help reduce costs. When you are getting ready to build a new home, contact a professional custom contractor and ask them about using green building materials.
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