brown-scalloped-asbestos-siding-shingles-textureChoosing material is largely reliant on the type of project you’re undertaking. For example, building a dog house is a much different process than building a new fence. The material you would want on your siding is much different than what you want to use for a new footpath.

In addition to this, many building materials can look identical, yet differ significantly in their properties.

Despite the difficulties, choosing the right building material can make all the difference in a home improvement project. Here are some things we think about before making a building material decision.


The first thing to look at when choosing a material is what it looks like. The style or aesthetic appeal of your material is going to determine how good your finished project looks. Choosing the right material starts with finding something that looks the way you want it to.


The next property you should learn about is the materials durability. Depending on what your project is will determine the conditions your material will be subjected to and needs to withstand. Different materials have different levels of resistance to harmful elements like moisture and decay, picking the right material means finding something that will last.

Ease of Maintenance

After you find a material that has the right look and is durable enough to handle the job, consider how easy it is to maintain. Some building material will only require minimal maintenance. Other materials will require near-constant attention to keep looking suitable. Select a material that will be easy to maintain.


The fourth thing to consider is performance. You want a building material that is going to perform its function without any performance issues. As more and more attention is put into developing environmentally friendly solutions, find out if the material is good for the environment. For some projects, your material may have a direct impact on your energy bill. Look for energy efficient materials that could reduce your monthly energy bills.


Finally, you should consider how much the material costs. You knew it was coming. Price is obviously an important factor, but it shouldn’t be the determining one. By basing your purchasing decision on how much a material cost, you could end up with a terrible material with a short life span that is unappealing to look at and needs to be replaced sooner than a more durable option.

If the price isn’t what you’re looking for, you can always explore a cheaper option, but don’t ignore other properties and make a decision solely on the price tag.

Depending on your project, you may have fewer options or a more specific idea of what you’re looking for. If you need a place to get started though, taking a careful look at these five qualities will help you decide which building material will work best for your home improvement project.