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Top Ways to Green Your Home Renovation

It’s becoming clear that the “green movement” isn’t a passing fad. But many of our clients are surprised to learn that environmentally-friendly options extend beyond curbside recycling and cloth grocery bags and into the home building industry.

At Heller Building and Remodeling, we offer a variety of “green” materials, products and practices when it comes to roofing, siding, building and remodeling in Bucks County. These sustainable options benefit homeowners on many levels.

“We feel it’s important to reduce the waste in our landfills and help our clients create a more comfortable, energy-efficient home for their families,” said Linda Heller, owner of the Bucks County roofing and home addition company. “We help people save money on their utility bills and they can feel good about a having a smaller carbon footprint.”

Here are our top four recommendations for greening your dream home:

1) Recycled products
If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling or an update to your bathroom, you can opt to use recycled lumber products such as paint-grade trimwork made from recycled wood, bamboo, tile and engineered hardwood floors. We also offer insulation made from recycled materials. In fact, every aspect of the project can be completed with recycled, energy-efficient products, from the rough framing in your basement to the appliances in your kitchen.

2) Recyclable materials
When recycled products aren’t available, recyclable materials are a great alternative, including our recyclable vinyl siding and roofing materials. To lower your carbon footprint even more, we can install a housewrap under new siding to reduce air infiltration, making your home more energy efficient. We always use maximum insulation and also offer a closed-cell, spray-foam insulation so you keep in what you want and keep out what you don’t. Since we recycle everything, including old shingles and aluminum and vinyl siding, you don’t have to worry about the leftovers ending up in a landfill.

3) Light colors for exterior
When choosing colors for your home’s exterior, consider the heat-reflecting properties offered by cool, light colors. Choosing cool tones for your siding, roofing and paint can go a long way in reflecting heat and keeping your home cooler on sunny days. And light colors make small homes look larger.

4) Windows
You can maximize your energy savings with specialty windows engineered for sustainability. We offer airtight double-pane windows made with a heat-resistant (low-E) glass coating and containing argon gas to enhance thermal performance without getting in the way of the view. These sophisticated windows go a long way in keeping out what you don’t want and keeping in what you do.

We also want to point out that Pennsylvania offers some local, state and federal rebates on energy-efficient appliances, including water heaters, HVAC equipment, solar panels and more. Knowing your options is important when building or remodeling, and we’re proud to be able to make your dream home a green home.