The Most Cost Effective and Beautiful Materials to Use In Your Home

Vermont Home Remodeling

Thinking of remodeling your home? Whether you’re interested in a new roof, replacement windows, or an exterior door installation, the materials you use for your upgrades matter. Not only do materials each carry different aesthetic appearances, but they can vary greatly by cost — and value. The cheapest material is not always the most cost effective, as cheap materials are less likely to hold up at the end of the day. Here are a few materials to consider, whatever the upgrades to your Vermont home.

Exterior Doors

When it comes to exterior doors, you want something that’s not only beautiful and stately, but sturdy and secure. Your exterior doors welcome guests into your home, as well as keep out intruders. They’re also meant to weather the elements and last for decades. If you have to constantly repaint or restain, you’re not getting your money’s worth. For this reason, as well as their high cost, wood doors are falling out of fashion, though many homeowners prefer the look of wood. Fortunately, fiberglass doors, such as those from Therma-Tru, can be made to look just like wood while still outperforming it. If wood still suits your style, however, go with wood doors from a trusted manufacturer like Andersen, someone known to make durable and beautifully crafted wood doors.

Replacement Windows

Here again, there’s often a conflict between the look of wood and the need for energy efficiency and low maintenance. Wood tends to swell, rot, and warp when exposed to the elements for too long — as window frames tend to be. Fiberglass windows, such as those in the Marvin Integrity line, are incredibly durable, sleek, and energy efficient. However, Marvin worked out a solution to offer both the style of wood and the performance of fiberglass, with their Wood-Ultrex line. The frame’s exterior is made of Ultrex fiberglass, a material so strong it’s been used in bridge construction, while the interior is made with wood. With this, you get both beauty, energy efficiency, and durability in one window.


When it comes to roofing, the most common kind of roofing you’ll see is asphalt shingles, and while that’s certainly one of the more affordable options, it’s not always the most cost effective in the long run. It may work for your home, but if you’re looking for the best in style and cost effectiveness, we suggest metal roofing — particularly standing seam metal roofing. Metal roofing makes a statement, and with watertight standing seam metal roofing, it has a sleek look and sturdy performance. Metal roofing has a bold aesthetic and easily makes up for its cost in the efficiency and durable protection your home will receive.

At Jancewicz & Son, we offer top notch materials for whatever your Vermont home upgrades might be. Contact us today for more information or a free quote.

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