After months of being confined to our homes, aspects of our houses may have worn quicker than they typically would. Alternatively, spending such a significant amount of time at home may have opened our eyes to what needs to be changed about our homes.
However, we might also be aware that something needs to be changed but not quite know what that something is. So, what sort of upgrades should you be doing to benefit your home?
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1. Refurbish Your Roof
Many roofs contain lead due to its robust and durable nature that promises the longevity that is required of a roof. Despite this, lead is both an expensive and poisonous material, suggesting that it is not the most ideal choice.
However, there are multiple lead alternatives for roofing currently on the market, which might make your life a little cheaper and easier, whilst maintaining quality.
2. Lay Some New Flooring
Whether your floor is worn out from your excessive presence over lockdown or just outdated and in need of a change, new flooring will drastically transform your home.
It is important to consider what type of flooring will be required for each room. For example, communal rooms will need to be durable and easy to maintain, whilst carpets in bedrooms will instantly make the room cozy and homely.
3. Upgrade Your Central Heating
This certainly will not be a cheap alteration; however, it can save you hundreds on bills over time.
However, you must not take on this task yourself – you will need a certified gas engineer to install a new boiler.
4. Fix Structural Defects
Structural defects can range from chipped paint to cracked walls and ceilings; not only are these unsightly but the latter may be detrimental to your home’s structure.
No one wants to hate the appearance of their home, nor do they wish to feel unsafe in it. Such defects should be reconciled in any upgrading scenario.
5. Add Double or Triple Glazing
Ultimately, single glazing windows are outdated and are in no way energy efficient.
Double or triple glazing minimizes the heat loss in your home, with triple glazing being 30% more expensive but twice as efficient.
Additionally, most glazing will last upwards of 20 years, meaning that it is certainly a worthy investment.
6. Install Solar Panels
Although solar panels are not the prettiest of home accessories, they are extremely eco-friendly and allow you to generate your own power.
With prices of up to 5 grand, they cannot be considered affordable, but, in turn, your energy bills are lowered.
7. Invest in Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating can be either be powered by electricity or heated via water pipes, keeping your floor, and consequently your feet, nice and toasty.
There is nothing more jarring than walking from a cushiony carpet onto a cold, hard floor. Therefore, this can be rectified through the installation of underfloor heating.
8. Install a Log Burner
Speaking of heating, log burners can generate some serious heat, allowing you to save more on your heating bill.
Not only do they contribute to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but they are safer and much more practical than an open fire.
We all need to freshen up our living space every now and again and these upgrades will certainly give your home a more luxurious feel.
After spending such an excessive amount of time at home, we deserve to love where we live and what is not to love about an upgrade?