For most people, the reason for doing a home renovation even though it is a pricey endeavor is that we believe that it enhances the look and feel of our homes. Although this may be one of the core reasons we do so, a big part of it is that we inherently believe that it would also increase the value of our home when we want to sell it in the future. This is true, but we need to take into consideration the fact that durability plays an important role in the retention of our home’s value, while at the same time properly manage the costs involved in the renovation. Expensive does not mean it is more durable and this article will show you some tips on how to select the material with the best of all worlds.
Flooring, Walls and Ceilings – Choose Vinyl
Instead of going for actual wood, marble that will skyrocket your initial costs of the purchase of materials and installation, your maintenance costs would also have to be factored in every couple years to keep the surfaces in good condition. Try going for Vinyl flooring that is priced very comfortably at $4 to $10 per square foot depending on the look and feel you are going for. Vinyl is also extremely durable and is one of the most affordable options out there that do not sacrifice looks at the same time. Vinyl can also be overlaid against tiles so that installation can be a breeze and they are mostly fire and water resistant.
Countertops – Choose Laminate
Laminate countertops are the cheapest options out there in terms of countertops and with technology these days can be made to look polished and refined. They come in many different varieties and qualities and from afar would look pretty close to granite countertops. If cared for properly, laminate can be a durable option for many years to come for your home.
Bathroom Tiles – Choose Ceramic
Ceramic is a very durable and waterproof material that dries fast when in contact with water and looks beautiful. It gets as close as real marble can get and is very durable. Ceramic tiles start from $3 per square foot and can go up to $18 dollars on average depending on your quality of ceramic tiles and look. It is very easy to clean ceramic tiles but does get cold on your feet on colder days.
Painting – Choose Matt Texture Paint
Matt texture paint is the most basic type of paint that is adequate and enough for most home usage. It is durable and affordable at $50 per liter of paint compared to other satin or heavily textured paint. They are also more easily repainted on if your home requires touch up work throughout the years.
Carpentry Work – Choose Laminates
Laminates are known to be extremely durable and hardy against most elements and chemicals. They are the most affordable types of surfaces and are increasingly found in homes today. In Singapore, the most common type of laminates are HPLs that are used for carpentry much carpentry work. The process of exposing sheets of paper and resin together to high heat and pressure fuses these individual sheets to create a rigid laminate sheet.
These are some ways to save costs when you renovate your home to get the best balance of looks and durability.