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5 Low Maintenance Exterior Materials for 2021

posted on September 10, 2021 in Long Island

3. Permeable Driveway Pavers

Concrete driveways provide a clean, classy appearance when initially poured. However, it does not take long for the new to wear off of concrete surfaces. Concrete is highly porous, making it susceptible to staining from leaking car fluids. It also readily allows moisture to get embedded, causing cracking when the moisture freezes during the colder months. Finally, any shifting of the substrate will cause damage to the concrete, likely resulting in collapsing and potholes.


Innovative permeable pavers allow gravel surfaces to be held in place in the face of even the heaviest loads. This provides an infrastructure for elite drainability, giving the building’s exterior a natural aspect that is not a threat to crack or stain, no matter how much traffic it sees throughout the years.

5. Composite Decking

As with vinyl windows and composite roofing, choosing a synthetic deck is the way to go when looking to build with low maintenance in mind. Even with regular attention, wood decks are notorious for splintering, warping, and rotting. With a composite deck, not only do you avoid these pitfalls, but you never have to worry about painting or staining the deck. Synthetic decks also have the benefit of being fabricated from sawdust waste and used plastic, making them both low maintenance and sustainable. 

The Best Low Maintenance Exterior Materials for 2021in Long Island

As life speeds up for people following the COVID-19 pandemic on Long Island, less time will be available to take care of projects around the house. As a result, choosing low-maintenance remodeling projects should be a top priority in 2021. Vinyl windows, composite roofing, and metal siding are a few of the innovative exterior materials that will last for decades with little maintenance required by the homeowner.


Natalie Akins is an editor at Innovative Building Materials. Natalie is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects in Long Island discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.

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