Claudette Reichel | 6/25/2008 2:06:06 AM
Low maintenance surfaces and products not only save you time and labor, they typically last longer and reduce the expense and environmental impacts of frequent refinishing. Many low maintenance materials have the added advantage of being flood-resistant.
Materials: In addition to the familiar low maintenance claddings (brick, stucco, stone, vinyl and aluminum siding, etc.), examples of low maintenance home products that need little or no refinishing or infrequent replacement from the effects of weather or wear, include:
Mildew/ algae resistant: Smooth, nonabsorbent surfaces tend to be less mildew prone.
Paint: Use high quality acrylic latex paint with a fungicide additive and, if available, zinc-oxide pigment.
Roofing: Metal roofing, shingles with zinc impregnated granules, low-moisture absorbing tile, and concrete
Cleanability: Choose smooth, nonabsorbent, durable surfaces that can be wiped clean. Specify scrubbable paints (ask for its scrubbability rating) for walls and woodwork. Choose water based urethane, aluminum oxide, and factory finishes on cabinets and floorings.
Examine appliances for crevices and ridges that collect grime or are difficult-to-reach. Avoid hard-to-access horizontal details that collect dust, such as open areas above kitchen cabinets. Use vertical window treatments, such as vertical blinds instead of mini-blinds, and machine-washable curtains. Include space for shoe cubbies and smooth flooring at family entry.
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