With the new year and it’s inevitable resolutions, many homeowners are thinking of ways that they can go green this year. Not only is this going to be better for Minnesota’s environment, but it is also better for people overall. There are many things you can do to convert to more eco-friendly options in your life, and that includes home remodeling.
With this being said, know what questions to ask before you choose that green home improvement project to make sure you have the answers you need.
Questions to Ask Your Minnesota Home Remodeler
What are the Building Materials Made of? Incorporating natural, non-toxic, organic, sustainable and/or recyclable materials is usually the goal when going green. But when it comes to those projects you’re putting together, you might not know what is in the materials. Take a minute to find out if what your contractor recommends is truly green.
Are the Products Durable? There are a number of factors that can make a material green, and one of those factors is its expected life. Obviously something that lasts a long time won’t need to be replaced as often, and that means less waste disposal and less energy expended making the replacements. When you’re doing something to the outside of your home, ask about the durability and expected life of the product. Is it going to withstand over time, especially when hit by the severe weather we can get here in the Minneapolis area? Ask your contractor if there are longer-lasting options if you’re not satisfied
Are the Materials Local? It is best to use local materials when you can. Buying local not only supports our economy but also reduces the amount of waste and energy that it takes to have the materials shipped to you. Another benefit is often cost – materials are sometimes more affordable when they’re found nearby and not miles away from it. You’ll find that many of our suppliers are either Minnesota companies (Lindsay, Andersen, and Marvin) or from one of the surrounding states, like Pella doors and windows from Iowa and Weather Shield windows and doors from Wisconsin.
Are the Materials Recyclable or Contain Recycled Content? Some building materials are recyclable, and others are manufactured with some recycled content. For instance, steel is the most recycled material in the U.S., and we are proud to install steel entry doors.
Do the Materials Emit VOCs? When it comes to any green project, going with materials that emit low or no VOCs is a must. VOCs are volatile organic compounds. A product labeled low VOC or VOC free is your assurance that the product isn’t going to produce toxic vapors.
Window Outfitters works with numerous organic, environmentally friendly products for the exterior of your home. One of the leading materials for the environment that always comes out on top is James Hardie fiber cement siding. Speak with us here today to find out how we can install this siding on the side of your Minnesota home. We are a James Hardie preferred siding installation company for the Minneapolis metro area.