Go Green in 2019

How to Go Green with Home Maintenance in 2019

As children, we’re taught that we should leave a place as clean as when we found it, if not nicer, and as adults that idea morphs into the desire to leave more for our children than we had for ourselves. While that concept is often applied to money, it’s also very easily applicable to the earth itself, for what greater gift can we leave to the generations who come after us than a healthy, thriving planet on which to grow and prosper? Based on climate science, the earth is changing because of human influence, and while that idea can be daunting, small green changes in our home maintenance projects do have an impact, both on the world and on your immediate finances

Insulation is Your Best Friend
The harder an HVAC system has to work to heat and cool a home, the more CO2 is potentially being pumped into the air, ultimately contributing to a vicious cycle that could easily be nipped in the bud with a little bit of insulation. Insulating your attic will save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime in heating bills during the winter, and insulating your basement will do the same for you during the summer. However, insulating your walls and ceilings will only help you so much if your windows and doors aren’t as properly insulated; but that task is not a difficult one. You don’t have to immediately replace old windows and doors in order to achieve a greener home, though if you are in the market for new windows, double paned windows are the greenest choice; however, older windows can be made green by using a tube of caulk and a tin of glass putty to seal up any gaps where air can be felt flowing through. As for doors, adding some inexpensive weather stripping or a fun draft blocker will quickly eliminate the issue; your wallet will thank you at the end of the season.

Outdoor Projects
An extremely easy way to make your home green on the outside is to plant trees. It raises your curb appeal, can lower your heating and cooling bills by protecting your house from the elements throughout the year, and help the environment, because the world needs more trees. Evergreen trees on the North and east sides of your house will help keep your home cozy during the winter months, and deciduous trees on the south side will protect the house from the sun during the summer. If you want a more involved project, manufacturers have begun creating non-VOC exterior paints, or you can add stone facings to the exterior of your home, which will add an additional layer of insulation year-round. If you’re in the market for a new roof, look into metal, slate, or ceramic tiles instead of the traditional asphalt. They are kinder to the environment overall, can be recycled if damaged, and will keep your home cooler during the summer. And don’t turn your back on the idea of mounting solar panels on your home either. The price for solar energy has dropped significantly in the past few years, and they will help take your energy bills down year-round.

Going green doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; in some ways going green is about being thrifty and finding new ways to use what you already have. There are short and long-term benefits to going green, and you and your children deserve to benefit from those changes. If you need help getting started going green, call us at Liberty Builders. We’re standing by to help you with all of your exciting future projects. 

Trendy Doors

3 Trendy Doors to Look for in 2019

A new year is always a good time to freshen things up in your home, inside and out. If you are looking for ways to brighten up the exterior of your home without getting too cold—it is still January after all—sprucing up your front door with the latest trends may be a good place to start.

Trendy Colors

According to style experts, the top color picks of the year are either bright, cheerful colors or colors that fall on the more soothing side of the spectrum. If you want your house to exude a summery feeling throughout the winter months, you can’t go wrong by painting your door a shade of yellow. Both bright and pastel yellows are in style for 2019, as are bold and pastel shades of reds and pinks. If you find yourself longing for spring, try a brilliant cherry red of a soft coral pink to refresh the front door and bring a smile to the faces of all your visitors. The big color of the year though, in all its iterations, is blue. If you’ve ever dreamed of giving yourself a break from the cold with a trip to the beach, but haven’t had a chance yet, bring a hint of the beach to your home by painting your front door an ocean blue or teal, or if you just miss spring, a robin’s egg blue will make the exterior of your home springier in no time.

Technology

Smart home technology has slowly been on the rise for the past few years, but security experts and home design experts expect the demand for home security, specifically more sophisticated smart locks, to grow rapidly in 2019. The number of home invasions around the world have been rising since 2016, but smart home technology has grown to meet the challenge, and as most home invaders begin at the front door, experts agree that high end smart locks will be appearing on front doors very rapidly throughout the year.

Front Door Hardware

The first thing people see when they approach your front door is the color, but a close second, most of the year, are the hardware pieces that adorn it. If you’ve never had a reason to replace the handle or doorknob or your front door before, a home exterior makeover may be your excuse to do it. Trends in metal pieces for 2019 mostly skew towards dark metals such as Venetian or oil rubbed bronze and matte black, which will stand out in stylish contrast to many of the year’s front door colors. However, if dark metals aren’t to your liking, champagne bronze and brushed nickel are also trending for 2019, and will blend in well with pastel door colors, but avoid brass fittings, as that has fallen out of favor this year.

Giving your home exterior a makeover can be fun when there are so many new styles and ideas to choose from, but if you’re not sure how much time you want to invest in it, your front door is an excellent place to start, and it can help to clear away some of those winter blues. Give Liberty Builders of Texas a call for a free in-home consultation.