It’s Easy Going Green

Mar 16, 2017

Going green remains a popular trend in hopes to reduce pollution and waste. J&B Construction Company, Inc., serving southeastern Wisconsin since 1958 as a provider of high-quality exterior home improvement products and services, offers tips on how to go green when it comes to exterior home remodeling.

“When planning a green remodel, you want to evaluate the sustainability of the materials you’re using,” said Wendy Cline, owner of J&B Construction. “Think about how long the material will last, if it can be recycled, if it contributes to health concerns, and if it’s biodegradable.”


Wood shingles and clay or slate tile roofs provide the most natural and sustainable roofing options. However, they are also the most expensive. Luckily, there is a growing number of shingles on the market today that contain recycled content and come in a variety of styles. These provide a lower cost alternative to slate and wood while still providing green benefits.


While windows are fantastic for letting in natural light, single-pane windows let out a lot of air and lead to increased energy bills. To save energy, install durable double-pane windows with low-emissivity glass. “These extra features will cost slightly more at first, but they’ll make a difference in home utility bills. They’ll also reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer,” Wendy said.


When it comes to siding, Cline advised to avoid vinyl and engineered wood. Vinyl creates highly toxic byproducts during manufacturing and engineered wood, such as OSB, hardboard and plywood, is less durable than solid wood. “Eco-friendly alternatives include fiberboard cement, hardwoods, and salvaged stone or brick,” she said.


“While using latex paint on your home exterior may increase its curb appeal, it’ll also release toxins into the air,” said Cline. Use eco-safe paint instead such as a product low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Recycled paint is another good alternative.

Outdoor Lighting

Big outdoor spotlights use significant energy, especially if they’re left on all night. “Replace your outdoor floodlights with compact-fluorescent lights. They’re just as bright and use a quarter of the energy,” advised Wendy. In addition, she recommended replacing low-wattage halogen landscape bulbs with LED versions or solar lighting. They cut energy use by more than 80 percent and can last for over 10 years. Motion sensors on nonessential lights can also help cut costs and keep the home energy efficient.

“The professionals at J&B Construction are prepared to help homeowners choose sustainable, low maintenance materials for exterior home remodels,” Wendy said. “Green remodeling helps keep the earth clean and people safe from toxins.”

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 The only complaint I have is when I have J&B do my roof in another 30 years or so, is Dave their sales man (a great guy) would not guaranty I could get the same great crew I had this time. They did a fantastic job. Much better than the last roofing company did. A nice bunch of guys. Did a very nice job cleaning up. I'd give them 10 stars but 5 is the limit. If you need a roof done this is the company you want to do it. One more point I need to make. The guys that did the chimney flashing are artists. I went up on the roof when they were done and was very pleased with not only the roofing job but the sculptured sheet metal work. It's kind of a shame it's on the roof and not hanging on the family room wall :). You get the point. Hire em. You'll like em. 
 We live in a historic designated neighborhood and recently had our 30 year wood shingle roof replaced with another wood roof and new gutters. From Day 1 of the project to the final day, the entire team was responsive, professional, and very competent. When some minor changes were proposed by us they quickly and effortlessly complied. After going through this experience with J&B, I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a roof and gutter replacement, whether it be a simple or complicated project. 
 J & B did an amazing job from start to finish. The initial meeting at my home took place exactly at the time that was agreed upon and Scott was thorough in his explanations and transparent about costs. When the time came to begin the project, the team that showed up was friendly, professional and timely in getting the project done. The cleanup afterward was such that it looked like they hadn't been there at all. The roof looks great, there were no surprises and Scott came by to inspect the work and explain the warranty upon job completion. I would highly recommend them. 
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