There are so many innovative ideas out there today for those interested in green and/or sustainable remodeling.  Many of these products have been around for awhile but are now just beginning to get attention.  Here's a look at some of the eco-friendly home remodeling materials that are trending now, not only in the U.S. but around the world.  As a MN exterior home improvement contractor specializing in green remodeling, we pay close attention to environmentally responsible remodeling trends and love passing on the information to our customers and followers.

Engineered and Recycled Materials in a Variety of Home Improvement Products

Many of these materials come with from renewable forests and can be used to construct walls, doors and floors in homes. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly materials that can be used since it is easy to replenish with its rapid growth rate. Cork wood is another one that is great to place in the home and the best part is that it is anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. Instead of vinyl flooring that gives off toxins, you can replace this with linoleum flooring made from from jute, flax or linseed oil.

Steel Products for Framing

Steel framing can not only provide durability for the structure of the home, but it can be a large improvement over the traditional wood framing that is used. It is easier to install and you do not need any additional barriers to add to the frame. Steel studs also cost less in materials and labor than wood framing materials. You can also ensure that it will not rot or become fragile over time or if it become wet, which also means that termites are not able to live in it.

Cladding Products for the Exterior

Weather-resistant materials that cover the walls and roof on the outside of the home are becoming more popular, and they do not require house wrapping, plywood or sheathing. They are able to reduce the air intake and moisture inside the home. They can be installed easily with two steps and can come with heavy insulation to decrease your energy bills. They can cost more than traditional materials but can be worth it in the long run.

Energy Tracking Devices

There are devices that are able to track the amount of water and energy that a building is using.  This allows you to monitor water and energy consumption and identify the areas where your biggest usage is. You can also find out what ways you're able to save on these costs as well.

Quarve is a St. Paul and Minneapolis MN exterior remodeling company that is committed to green remodeling practice and products and we are offering numerous roofing and siding products which contain recycled content as well as other products that are able to cut your energy use down.  If you're interested in a greener home improvement project, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation - 763.785.1472.  For more tips on eco-friendly home improvement, visit our Pinterest Green Remodeling Ideas board.