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5 Hottest Building Materials in 2014

As new home construction and design technology is developed and perfected, building materials and fixtures in homes likewise evolve.

We’ve searched the country for the latest and greatest products that you can incorporate into your renovation or new home build. Whether you want a material that’s more environmentally friendly, lowers your bills, or is just plain cool-looking, here’s what you should check out.

Hottest Light Bulbs: Cree LED Bulbs

Electric lighting takes up a huge portion of the average home energy budget, and LEDs are the wave of the future. The sooner you buy in, the sooner you’ll start saving on your energy bills.

The next time one of your bulbs burns out, consider a Cree LED Replacement Bulb. These bulbs are a more inexpensive choice than several other LEDs out there, and it’s one of the most energy-efficient bulbs you can buy.

With a 25,000 hour lifespan (that’s over 20 years, if you use it an average of 3 hours a day!) and a 10-year warranty, you won’t have to buy another light bulb again for a long time.

Hottest Paint: Benjamin Moore Natura

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic gases with short- and long-term adverse health effects. Exposure can trigger asthma attacks, respiratory issues, and even kidney disease or cancer. Paints are one of the biggest emitters of VOCs, so if you’re painting a room, look for paint that’s VOC-free.

While you’ll find several no-VOC paints on the market, Benjamin Moore Natura Waterborne Interior Paint is one of the best performers out there. Benjamin Moore consistently ranks as one of the best interior paint companies, so you know you’re getting good quality.

Hottest Flooring: Ecodomo Leather Tiles

Nothing says class like leather, whether it’s on the floor or tiled on the wall. Ecodomo creates leather sheets and tiles from pulverized leather fibers extracted from all kinds of recycled sources, including car seats.

It’s easy to install, available in several sizes, textures, and finishes, and can be cleaned with a damp cloth or mop. Wall installations don’t require any additional maintenance.

Hottest Countertop: Quartz

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, just a few levels below diamond on the Moh’s hardness scale. It’s also absolutely gorgeous.

Manufacturers are able to offer a wide variety of hues and patterns, and the latest factory-engineered countertops give granite, one of the most popular choices for countertops, a run for its money.

Unlike granite, quartz is nonporous, so you’ll never have to seal it. It’s also resistant to bacteria and easy to clean.

Hottest Material: Concrete

Concrete is versatile, durable, inexpensive, and has several different home applications—poured concrete foundations, outdoor planters, sinks, fireplaces, and floors.

It’s easy to clean, stays cool in the summer, can be painted to look warm and bright, and is easily molded, so you can make your own concrete accessories, like wall hooks and garden planters. It’s also becoming more popular as a countertop surface, and even as a kitchen backsplash.

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