This must be every homeowner’s dream, to live in a property that does not require any maintenance, and with modern composite materials, it is actually possible. Starting with the roof, you can replace or protect almost everything to the point where there is nothing else to do, aside from a periodic clean, and home maintenance is restricted to a bit of gardening.
If the internal structure of your roof is sound, you can replace the existing tiles with treated steel or aluminium, and with a special coating applied when the job is complete, you can effectively seal off the entire roof surface, and with stainless steel guttering, you have a zero maintenance roof.
Windows and Doors
Traditionally made from timber, the windows and doors are your access points, and with UPVC windows and doors, you not only have a maintenance free set up, but you also improve the thermal efficiency, which means your home will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Add to that the amazing sound insulation that modern double glazed units offer, and you have the perfect maintenance-free solution. This is also an opportunity to make some design changes, and with timber grained UPVC, you can retain that rustic look, and although this is an expensive home improvement, the added value will definitely offset most of the cost, and then you have the many years of added comfort that you and your family will enjoy.
The exterior surface of your home might be painted, or it could be a concrete finish, and with modern texture coating, you have a maintenance free surface that comes in a range of textures, colours and finishes. Texture coating moves with the substrate and can certainly deal with the harsh Australian climate, and if you live in a coastal area, texture coating is ideal.
Gating and Fencing
Timber grained aluminium or stainless steel make for the perfect fencing and gating material, and with made to measure designs, one can create a unique ambience, while eliminating the need for maintenance.
Resurface the Driveway
Modern liquid limestone will last a lifetime if applied correctly, as will poured concrete, and with a choice of colours and patterns, this will complete the transformation, and you can smile when you see your neighbours having maintenance work done and revel in the fact that this is a thing of the past for you.
All of the above would be a huge investment, of course, and unless you have a windfall, it might take a good few years to complete, or failing that, you could use some of your equity and invest it back into the property be turning the home into a maintenance-free dwelling. The money you would save over the years will continue to accumulate and you can add to the family holiday budget or focus on other home improvements, and your annual outgoings will be much lower, thanks to composite materials and technology.