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3 Tips for Making Your Renovation Project Eco-friendly

Now more than ever, people are interested in being eco-friendly and choosing green products for use in their every day lives. If you have an interest in protecting the environment you may be interested in knowing that there are a number of eco-friendly building materials that can be used for your next home renovation project. Not only will your renovation improve the appearance and function of your home, you can also rest assured that you made a responsible choice by choosing earth-friendly materials. Use the following tips to stay green with your next project:

Recycled Materials

Recycled materials are becoming increasingly popular for all types of home projects. Technology is improving every year, and there are some truly amazing recycled materials on the market that are durable and aesthetically pleasing. You can buy roofing material made from recycled polymers and rubber that looks like slate, or get beautiful new counter tops that are made almost entirely of recycled glass. You can also find building materials such as carpet and carpet padding, drywall, insulation, and steel that is composed primarily of recycled materials.

Choose Wood Materials Wisely

Many homeowners choose to install wood floors because it looks beautiful and they can often be kept cleaner than traditional carpeting in high traffic areas. Anyone shopping for wood flooring may become easily confused over what to buy due to the large amount of options available. To stay green, try to purchase wood flooring material that is reclaimed or comes from a managed forest. One of the most popular eco-friendly options for natural wood floors is bamboo, which is durable and available in a variety of plank sizes. If natural wood floors are out of your budget, consider laminate wood flooring made with recycled products.

Salvage and Reuse Products

Buying brand new building materials is not always the way to go, especially if you want to make environmentally responsible decisions. Utilizing salvaged materials or reusing materials that are readily available are great ways to complete your renovation project while also being earth-friendly. In addition to helping the environment, using salvaged materials or reusing and re-purposing materials will give your renovation a unique look that you are not likely to see at anyone else’s home. You can find materials at salvage yards, local lumber companies (such as Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co.) or at places like Restore, a retail organization run by Habitat for Humanity that sells gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture to the public.

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