Going Green: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Home Renovations

With climate becoming an increasingly pressing concern and utility bills constantly on the rise, it’s no surprise that more and more homeowners are looking for resource-efficient solutions. However, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the perceived expense and effort needed to make their homes eco-friendly. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

With some careful planning and a few well-chosen green home renovations, you can significantly reduce your footprint and save money on your energy bills. We’re here to help you get started.

Top 5 Cost-Effective Green Remodeling Ideas

Green remodeling doesn’t just have to mean solar panels and composting bins. Here are some more accessible and cost-effective projects to consider. 

1. New Roofing

One of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly is to install a new roofing system. A roof that reflects sunlight instead of absorbing it can help to keep your home cooler during the summer months, reducing the need for air conditioning. 

Reflective roofing material doesn’t have to be expensive, either. In fact, some types of metal roofing can be installed over your existing shingles, making the installation process easier and more affordable.

For first-in-class, energy-efficient metal roofing, we recommend Metal Sales™ — supplied here as part of our Standard Zeeland Roofing & Siding division.

2. Window Upgrades

Replacing your windows with energy-efficient models is another easy way to make your home more eco-friendly. Look for windows that have a high ENERGY STAR® rating, as these will be designed to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Most often, a dual-pane or triple-pane option will do the trick. You can also look into laminated, tempered, tinted, and obscure insulating glass for additional ultraviolet protection. 

Pay attention to your window frames, too — upgrade these to wooden or vinyl models to improve insulation and prevent drafts. A little change goes a long way!

We work with a variety of top-name window manufacturers, all with unique offerings, perks, and warranty options. Choose from: Andersen™, JELD-WEN®, Kolbe®, and North Star.

3. New Exterior Doors

Similar to windows, exterior doors can be a source of energy loss if they are not properly insulated. Look for doors made from eco-friendly materials like sustainably-harvested wood. 

If you’d prefer a more modern look, consider a steel or fiberglass door with an insulated core. While those materials themselves may not be classified as eco-friendly, they do have lengthy expected lifespans, making them a sustainable choice that won’t need to be disposed of and replaced in a few years. 

We supply doors in all of these materials from trusted brands across the country. 

Wood DoorsSteel DoorsFiberglass Doors
Glenview Doors®

4. Energy-Efficient Appliances

An easy way to save money and energy is to upgrade your old appliances with newer models that are more energy efficient. Look for appliances with an ENERGY STAR® rating, which means they will use less electricity and water than older models. 

This applies to everything from your refrigerator to your faucets — even replacing your showerhead with a low-flow model can save thousands of gallons of water each year.

5. Composite Decking

If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your home (or upgrading an existing one), consider using composite decking material instead of traditional wood. Composite decking is made from recycled plastics and wood fibers, reducing the need for deforestation and helping to preserve natural resources. It is also more durable than traditional wood, meaning it will last longer and require fewer repairs.

For best-in-class composite or PVC decking, look to TimberTech®. TimberTech® boasts innovative technology, maintenance-free products, industry-leading warranties, and commitments to sustainability — their composite boards are made with up to 80% recycled materials! We’re proud to partner with them and make their products available to our customers.

We’re Here to Help You Go Green

Need help with product selection for your green home renovation project? We’re happy to serve you. Stop into one of our showrooms or contact us online for more information on our products and services.