A Thank You To My Father

A Thank You To My Father

Sustainable Building Material Alternatives For Your Next Remodel

Zoe Gonzalez

Using sustainable products is a great way to work toward a healthier planet. With the construction market booming for both newly built homes and remodels, incorporating these sustainable products into your life is a great way for you to do your part for the planet. Sustainable products also offer more benefits than just being good for the earth. Below is a breakdown of sustainable products that are worth considering next time you have construction going on in your home.


Typical insulation used in homes can be made up of spray foam, cellulose or fiberglass batting. While all of these products do the job of insulating the home, there are two products that can be used in lieu of these: wool and wool fiber. Wool is a highly sustainable item that offers more than just insulating properties:

  • Wool
    • Absorbs and releases moisture, which can prevent mold and mildew buildup
    • Doesn't settle or compress like cellulose
    • More fire resistant than cellulose
    • Non-toxic
  • Wool Fiber
    • Superior soundproofing
    • Highly insulating
    • Non-toxic


You may have less flexibility with sustainable structural materials depending on the climate you live in. Before choosing a greener alternative to traditional structural materials, check with your construction company to see if these sustainable products work with the climate you live in. Common structural materials include metal, concrete and bricks. Some alternative options to those products are:

  • Straw bale
  • Wood frame
  • Stone

Each of the materials above can provide you with a long life cycle and minimal energy consumption during the manufacturing process. Straw bale is biodegradable, wood frame has heat resistant properties and stone gives you many aesthetic options to consider.


Flooring may be a much more common change to a home's interior than structural or insulation changes. Luckily, there are a wide variety of choices available when it comes to sustainable flooring. Next time you update your home's flooring, think about using one or more of these types of flooring:

  • Bamboo
  • Corkwood
  • Hardwood
  • Stone

These flooring options offer you sustainability, little to no maintenance, durability, and versatility. With those kinds of properties, you can suit your needs without compromising on your taste or style.

Sustainable products not only benefit you, but also the environment. Keep harmful products out of landfills, and use sustainable products next time you build a home or remodel your current living space. Every little bit helps when it comes to taking care of the world around us. Contact a company like Lien Transportation Co for more information.


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A Thank You To My Father

My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.