Top Features of a Low-Maintenance Home

February 24, 2017

Many people dream of living in a home that requires very little maintenance. When your schedules are busy and every bit of free time you get is valuable, the last thing you want to do is spend it cleaning or performing maintenance chores. In addition, frequent cleaning and repairs cost money, and expenses can add up faster than you think. If you’re looking for stress-free living and are preparing to build a custom home, do yourself a favor and let your homebuilder know that you want low-maintenance features.

It’s important to keep in mind that low maintenance is different than no maintenance. Unfortunately, no home is truly maintenance-free. There will always be a little bit of work required from time to time. But when your home has low-maintenance features, you can expect to spend less time cleaning, less annual maintenance to keep everything in top shape, and a longer life expectancy on various aspects of the home. Here are a few of the most popular low-maintenance features:

Low-Maintenance Exterior Features

Brick and Stone Exteriors — Traditional wood siding is still popular, but it requires lots of upkeep. In addition to painting and washing to keep it looking nice, it also is prone to termite damage, mold, and rot. Brick and stone exteriors are good alternatives. In addition to requiring almost no maintenance — an occasional blast from a pressure washer will likely suffice — brick and stone provide good curb appeal and offer long-lasting durability.

LP® SmartSide® – Whether you want certain portions of your home to have a different exterior covering than brick or stone, or would prefer to avoid them all together, LP® SmartSide® is a popular option. It’s a line of engineered wood siding and trim products that have been proven to resist termites and rot, as well as withstand freeze/thaw cycles, heat and sun exposure, and impacts. It’s a better-looking, longer-lasting alternative to traditional vinyl siding.

Architectural Shingles – For a longer-lasting roof, choose architectural shingles over traditional 3-tab shingles. According to Roofpedia.com, architectural shingles are thicker and weigh 50 percent more than 3-tab shingles. As a result, almost every kind of architectural shingle will come with at least a 30-year guarantee. They are designed to be more resistant to high wind speeds, and most of the architectural shingles manufactured today are coated to prevent algae growth.

Wood/Aluminum Windows – In most custom homes, wood or aluminum are the preferred materials for windows over vinyl, which is known in the industry as a production window. New wood windows typically come with a 20-30-year warranty. According to JELD-WEN, wood windows treated with AuraLast® are protected against rot, water saturation, and termites, all the way to the core. For reduced maintenance, you can also get aluminum-clad windows, which never need painting and have warranty coverage that includes the wood around the sash and the interior wood.

Low-Maintenance Interior Features

Quartz Countertops – While natural stone countertops made of granite or marble are popular, those materials can stain unless a protective sealant is regularly applied. A more worry-free option is quartz. Quartz resists stains, scratches, cuts, and high temperatures and doesn’t require a sealant. It also comes in many colors and patterns and is about the same price as granite.

Hardwood/Laminate/Tile Floors – There is no shortage of options when it comes to high-quality, low-maintenance floors. Your homebuilder should be able to help you pick out a combination that meets all your requirements for look, feel, and functionality. Hardwood, laminate, and tile floors have an advantage over carpet in that they are easier to clean (no vacuum needed) and more stain-resistant. They also look elegant and are more desirable to today’s home buyers. To prevent scratches, it’s helpful to put felt pads under heavy furniture.

Recessed Lighting – If you want to avoid extra cleaning, recessed lighting is the way to go. It provides you with all the light you need with no cleaning necessary. Lamps and ceiling fans are dust magnets that require frequent wipe downs. In addition, high ceilings are very desirable in today’s homes, which presents a challenge not only for cleaning but also changing bulbs. For this reason, LED bulbs are suggested because they last much longer than any other kind of bulb.

Washable Paint – Ideally, you’d like to never have to worry about the appearance of the walls. However, accidental marks happen sometimes, and children have been known to get walls dirty or even draw on them. In those instances, it’s nice to have paint that can withstand cleaning and scrubbing without fading or coming off. Occasional washes beat the alternative of having to repaint.

See What P.D.H. Builders Can Do for You

P.D.H. Builders is a proven name in the homebuilding industry in Chicagoland. Homebuilder Phil Hartz will work hard for you to give you the beautiful, low-maintenance home you’ve always wanted. P.D.H. Builders serves Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, and Homer Glen. For more information, contact Phil at 708-949-8244 or pdhartz@gmail.com.

You can also visit P.D.H. Builders’ model home in the Stonebridge Woods community at 13935 S. Stonebridge Drive in Homer Glen.