homeUpdating your home to a more efficient, modern version of itself can be a massive headache. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to know where to begin. To help lessen this dilemma, first take on the home updates that you can do once and be done with. These are updates that require little to no maintenance and pay off in the long term by adding value to your home. The following are just a few examples.

Artificial Grass

One of the most advantageous updates that adds value and decreases your headache is replacing your grass or rock yard with artificial turf. Artificial grass is a great alternative to a traditional lawn because it requires less maintenance and is environmentally friendly. With this kind of turf, all you have to do is spray it off once in a while.

This synthetic grass still looks and feels like actual grass, but it’s not as work-intensive or as expensive to maintain. This makes it great for when there are kids around and for keeping your lawn looking healthy and manicured even when you have pets. Once a licensed company like System Pavers installs your synthetic grass, your days of endless mowing and wasted water are over.

Plank Flooring

An affordable and attractive update to the interior of your home is laminate plank flooring. Laminate flooring has come a long way since the tacky faux-pine flooring of the past. It’s now available in tones that mirror more complex and sophisticated materials, such as natural stone and rosewood, but costs a fraction of the true materials.

Plank flooring comes with a clear plastic layer on top that is strong enough to prevent scratching, so it’s a good option if you have pets. Laminate flooring also repels moisture and resists stains. It is a durable material and never needs to be refinished. These planks have a life expectancy of more than 25 years and come with warranties that range from 15 years up to a lifetime. For a home improvement that is affordable and only needs to the swept periodically to maintain it, laminate plank flooring is hard to beat.

Metal Roofing

If it’s your roof that needs a face lift, metal roofing is a strong material that requires no maintenance. Although it’s more expensive than standing seam panels, contemporary metal roofing offers materials that resemble slate, wood or clay. Metal roofing also is tough enough to withstand a fire and normally comes with a warranty of up to 50 years.

Older roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, add up to almost 20 billion pounds of landfill waste every year, whereas metal roofing can be reused. The best metal roofing materials come with baked-on enamel finishes and provide an undercoating that is rust-proof.

Getting the most out of your house doesn’t have to be complicated. Upgrades don’t have to require constant maintenance. When you decide it is time to upgrade, decide on projects you can do once and not have to worry about or pay for again.