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Quick Tips for Choosing Quality Building Supplies for a Home Project

by Martin Williamson

When it comes to renovating your home in any way, you want to ensure you invest in quality building supplies. This means supplies that will last for years and those that are designed for the work at hand. Many homeowners make the mistake of skimping on the supplies they buy, meaning just purchasing the cheapest materials they can find, and often regret it down the road. Note a few quick tips for choosing quality building supplies for a home project and why it's so important.  


Even though you don't see your home's insulation, it's vital that you choose something of quality, and this might not always mean standard fiberglass insulation. Consider why you want to ensure you get high-quality insulation; not only will you pay less for your heating and cooling bills throughout the year, but good insulation will often mean less humidity that gets inside in your home. Humidity can lead to moisture buildup and, in turn, mold and mildew growth. Your home can also just feel more stuffy and uncomfortable, or more drafty and cold when you choose poor-quality insulation.

Blown foam insulation can sometimes be a better option than fiberglass; rodents may nest in fiberglass, so if your home is prone to a pest infestation because of the area, consider foam. Blown foam also gets into more tiny cracks and crevices than fiberglass, so it's also good for older homes that may have settled or shifted and caused those tiny cracks in the building materials.


You may not think much of the paint you choose when you tackle home renovations but, as part of your building materials, you want to ensure you invest in high-quality paint that is meant for a particular surface or area of the home. As an example, if you don't choose a paint that is resistant to high humidity levels for the kitchen or bathroom, it may soon bubble and peel. Poor quality paint may be so thin that you need several coats for even coverage, and you actually spend more money than if you had used one coat of a high-quality paint. Poor quality paint may also rub off every time you wipe down or clean that surface, so you soon need to repaint anyway.

Consider that some paints may also do more than just provide color; a thick, epoxy-based paint on a garage floor may help protect the concrete from damage. The right paint for the bathroom will not only resist bubbling but it might also protect the drywall and building studs from being damaged by those high moisture levels as well.