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5 Great Materials for Your New Home that are Also Great for the Environment

In the past 20 years, the average home has become much more environmentally friendly, due in part to new environmental regulations and advances in eco-friendly building materials. Eco friendly homes are not only good for the environment, but they can also help homeowners to create unique homes that can even save them money. Even big box home construction stores such as Lowe’s and The Home Depot offer a variety of construction materials made from reclaimed wood or recycled materials, which eliminates the excuse that you simply cannot find materials that are environmentally friendly. Thus, here are five materials that are both perfectly suited for your new home and also great for the environment.

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1) Composite decking

Composite decking is made from a mixture of reclaimed sawdust and recycled plastic products. This means that no new forests had to be cut down to produce the materials needed for your deck. Both sawdust and recycled plastic are byproducts that would have been thrown away otherwise. Another benefit of composite decking is its ability to resist moisture, mold, and warping, meaning that you never have to use harsh chemicals or paint to keep it looking new. This sort of decking will also last for a much longer time than normal wood, meaning that it will more than likely save you money in the end.

2) Recycled glass

Recycled glass is more common today in home construction than ever before. Consumers are finding a variety of beautiful countertops and landscaping features that can be made with recycled glass materials. These countertops offer a degree of uniqueness that you cannot find in traditional mass-produced high-end countertops and are a vital part of reducing your home’s impact on the environment. The great part about using recycled glass is that you are not only protecting the environment, but you are investing in something that will remain unique and special for years to come.

3) Cement

Today’s cement production facilities are more environmentally friendly than ever before, due in part to an increased focus on green production technologies that have drastically reduced the impact of cement production on the environment. Innovators such as Alex F Bouri have made a lot of progress in building cement factories that produce less waste than ever before. Cement is also extremely strong and durable, meaning that it can last for hundreds of years without having to be replaced, which greatly reduces the amount of materials and resources that need to be used for maintaining your home and property.

4) Reclaimed lumber

Reclaimed lumber is lumber that has come from preexisting structures such as old houses, barns, or boxcars. It can be refinished and sanded again to look indistinguishable from new lumber, and using it has a vastly smaller impact on the environment. This sort of lumber also can be made to keep its unique and worn look, which can then be used for furniture, creating a fashionable and timeless look that is extremely cheap.

5) Bamboo

Bamboo is better for the environment than traditional wood because growing it requires no pesticides or harsh chemicals and is is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, making it highly renewable compared to traditional wood. Today you can purchase durable bamboo flooring that will look great and last for years. In fact, bamboo is so strong that it has been used to build high rise buildings in some countries, which illustrates that it can be used for just about any sort of purpose.

Today, it is easier than ever to find eco-friendly building materials for your home. Look into purchasing one or more of these if you decide to build or remodel a home, since these materials will help to save energy and protect the environment.

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