Every property should feel like home for the people who live there, and the best way to make this happen is to make it as safe as possible. Whether your area has to deal with horrible weather or you're nervous about land shifting and flooding, it's vital that you take every step possible to make it feel secure.
These are the top five renovation ideas out there that will protect your home and how you should implement them on your property.
1. Better Siding and Roofing Materials
Your property’s siding and roofing are the two most important defenses against the outside world.
Your roof needs to be as sturdy as possible to stop any wind, fire, or storm from making its way in. This means excellent insulation, strong shingles, and materials that can handle anything. Building a slate roof is often the best choice. These shingles can last over fifty years while still looking breathtaking.
When it comes to siding, the general idea is the same. You want a siding that looks incredible, insulates, and lasts for as long as possible. One of the most popular materials in recent years is manufactured stone panels on top of the brick. This looks great, is strong and weather resistant, and often doesn't need to be replaced. Explore whatever alternative to vinyl siding catches your eye since this will also add value by making your home more interesting looking than the average.
You can make your home into a secure fortress as long as you focus on these two details on the exterior of it.
2. An HVAC System That Works Well
The air you breathe every day is more important than anything else. A bad HVAC system can be more dangerous than just the monthly electricity bills we all struggle with. A horrible HVAC system can cause high-risk to the air we breathe and how secure we feel about our loved ones living in the property.
You should have this system inspected at least a year and should change out your filters at least once every other month. If you don't do this, you run the risk of allergens and pollutants thriving in the air you and your family breathe every single day.
This will, of course, help you save money in the long run. The best HVAC systems are an incredible balance of being energy efficient while also protecting you and cleansing your air as it keeps it at a balanced temperature.
3. Floors That Can Handle Anything
It’s a good idea to look for resilient flooring types and materials that will last as long as you need them to. Some of the best floors are things like concrete tiles that have a gorgeous finish on them or hardwood that's been well sealed.
4. Materials That Are Made to Last
Research all materials to know they'll last! When you get windows installed, you don't necessarily need storm windows unless you're in an area that gets hit with a lot of hurricanes and storms, but you should still look for windows that can handle what's in your area. These will surprise you since they'll also lower your HVAC costs and improve the way your home looks.
5. Tools That Guide Water Away
Keeping water out of your home is one of the top ways to protect it and keep it safe and good-looking for longer. To do this, you need to implement lawn drainage and good roof drainage to push water as far away as possible.
In-lawn drainage guides water from high-risk areas and can either push it to a place that struggles with needing water or can drive it off of the property.
If you want to gather the water, you can hook up a rain barrel to the downspouts of your gutters and collect a large amount of it every time it rains. Setting this on composite patio pavers will keep it safe from the insects and mold that might try to attach to the barrel over time.
Gimmicks to Avoid
There are countless renovation gimmicks that people fall for because they hear they're popular and think they'll be good for the home. Although it's a good idea to eventually swap to energy-efficient products, doing so when you still have a long life left in your equipment is going to throw away a lot more money, regardless of how well they work.
You should also avoid simply patching something instead of fixing or replacing it. This is most important in areas like roofing, where patchwork is common but can become more and more dangerous through every season it lasts.
Everyone Deserves A Home That’s Safe
Although safety is a term that means different things to everyone you talk to, your home should be the safest feeling place on earth for you. Consider some of these renovation ideas to better protect your home!
Max Shafer is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on home improvement projects and materials. He lives in Land O’ Lakes, Florida where he enjoys spending time with his wife and working on projects in his spare time. Max’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.