It can be argued that there is no greater asset than your home, as not only is it a great investment in which to funnel your money, but it is potentially a great channel to pass on your legacy of hard work and financial responsibility to future generations of your family.
As such, when you are looking into building a luxury custom home, you want to choose the finest building materials—materials that will be classy, innovative, and stand the test of time. To maximize the value of your custom home in 2020, it should be constructed with several important points in mind:
- It should be as eco-friendly as possible, helping your home achieve energy efficiency to save on electric costs and reduce its carbon output.
- It should be able to hold up in the face of inclement weather and heavy use, limiting the cost of future repairs.
- It should be designed in a way that you can achieve maximum functionality of all of its square footage.
To check off these boxes, there are a number of innovative building materials that you should give top consideration for your custom home in 2020.
Use Insulated Concrete for Framing Your Home
For years, many home builders and contractors have used insulated panels sheathed in wood and oscillated strand board to frame houses. While this framing does offer some advantageous properties, it comes with a number of issues that rear their ugly heads over time, including small cracks and crevices as a result of imperfections in the pre-fabrication process and moisture buildup that leads to rot after extended exposure to adverse weather.
As such, it is no surprise that many communities and neighborhoods ravaged by tornadoes and hurricanes are rebuilding using concrete framing options to make concrete block homes. Insulated concrete forms offer a plethora of benefits to home builders, including the following:
- A solid, one-piece design that precludes any cracks from forming during construction and that provides elite air and moisture barriers after the framing is set.
- Extremely high thermal mass that keeps indoor temperatures highly consistent, regardless of the outside weather conditions.
- Variable set times that allow contractors to be flexible and make adjustments as necessary to perfect your home’s framing.
Choose Quartz When Adding Surfaces to Your Kitchen
Luxury homes have traditionally used marble and granite in the kitchen to add to the ambiance of elegance while projecting a sense of durability.
While these materials definitely look bold, they are not as indestructible as they seem. These surfaces are highly porous, meaning that if a quality sealer is not applied regularly, your countertops are at risk of getting stained and seeing moisture buildups that lead to the formation of mold, which will cause you to need replacements in short order.
An increasingly popular choice for kitchen countertops is quartz. Quartz offers the same durability as marble and granite to withstand the impact of a dropped pot or pan while also providing elite nonporous properties. This makes cleaning quartz surfaces a breeze and ensures that buildup from spills or food waste never undermines the surface.
Finally, there is a vast array of colors of quartz countertops that can go seamlessly with whatever design you have planned for your custom home’s kitchen, offering an element of flexibility not usually seen in heavy-duty materials.
Install Synthetic Roofing
Most home builders have turned to asphalt shingles or traditional wood shakes when roofing their houses, thanks largely to their wide availability and the fact that they match well with several siding choices.
While these materials are popular, they are not extremely durable, as inclement weather and excessive sun exposure can lead them to crack, blister, and raise, opening the door for leaks to take hold.
Fortunately, there are synthetic options for both asphalt shingles and wood shakes. Not only do these synthetic materials offer increased insulation and weather-resistant properties, but they are nearly indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts and maintain their attractive appearance much better after years of covering your custom home.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.