[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] No one wants to spend a lot of their time performing maintenance on their home or yard. If that sounds like you, then you may be interested in these six things that will help you cut down on exterior maintenance:
- TruLog™ steel log siding. Steel log siding requires virtually no care at all. Every once in a while, you may want to spray it down with your garden hose or sponge it off with a bucket of water, just to remove dust and grime. But other than that, there’s no upkeep. This is a huge advantage over other types of building material, particularly logs, which require routine maintenance.
- Metal roofing. Metal roofing can last for decades and stand up to harsh weather. Metal roofing is also fire-proof. The metal also reflects sunlight, so your home will be cooler when it gets hot outside.
- Non-wood material for your deck or patio. There’s a type of decking material known as “composite decking,” which is made of a mixture of plastic and sawdust. You’ll never have to stain, paint or sand composite decking, and it doesn’t splinter or rot like wood does. Wood decks are one of those home features that are desired by many, but also require a lot of upkeep in order to look nice for years. With a low maintenance alternative, you can spend less time caring for your deck, or no time at all!
- Weather-resistant furnishings. Wooden furniture will have to be cared for just like a wooden deck. There are many weather-resistant furnishing options that come in a variety of styles, from modern to shabby chic.
- Xeriscaping instead of grass. Grass requires a lot of care. You have to mow it regularly, plus feed it and address underlying problems if it starts browning or dying. Artificial alternatives to grass look more natural than ever before, and can be a great option if you want the look of grass without all that mowing. But you can also consider a desert landscape or xeriscaping, for an aesthetically pleasing yard without mowing. Xeriscaping is a complex idea, but generally means you thoughtfully arrange plants and other features to consume water efficiently: plants that have similar water needs are grouped together.
- Leaf-shedding gutters. The traditionally time-consuming chore of pulling leaves out of your gutters persists to this day. Some brands of gutters incorporate a special design that pulls water into the gutter while jettisoning leaves outside of the gutter. Simple as that! No more pulling leaves from your gutters.