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5 Reasons Why High-End Building Materials Are Important

“You get what you pay for,” as the old saying goes. And after spending over 35 years building and renovating homes in Kelowna and the Okanagan, I’d have to agree. Whether a custom home build or a home renovation, the importance of using high-end building materials cannot be overstated.
Still not convinced? Here are 5 excellent reasons why high-end building materials are important.


Today’s market is flooded with high-quality building materials that are also more energy efficient. So while they may mean a bigger investment up front, over the long-term these products are more cost-effective. Energy-efficient, high-end building materials can help reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home, as well as providing extra durability. Not only that, a strong air and moisture barrier provides better insulation and an energy-efficient design.

Some examples of energy efficient materials are:

  • Insulating concrete forms.
  • Low-E double glazed windows.
  • Cool roofing.
  • Recycled wood/plastic composite lumber.
  • LED lighting.
  • PV panels.
  • High efficiency water heater.
  • Spray foam insulation.
  • Plant-based polyurethane foam.

Hint: For more tips on how to build an energy efficient home, check out our latest blog on The Secrets to Green Building.


Whether you find yourself working with one of Kelowna’s general contractors, or a renovation company, durability should be a top priority when building. Using high-end building materials for fundamental features such as windows, doors and roofs’ will safeguard you against things like water damage and dangerous mold; in turn prolonging your home’s longevity.

For many Kelowna homes in particular, a strong water barrier is a crucial component to longevity. Cutting corners by purchasing lesser quality materials may provide short-term financial gains but over the long-term you are bound to spend more money for upgrades, renovations, repairs or replacements.

For big-ticket items such as your roof, the money you spend on a replacement later will usually outstrip the initial savings. Not only that, should you wish to sell your home, any savvy home-buyer will be looking for elements with a long life-expectancy.


As custom home builders based in Kelowna, we learned early on the importance of using high-end building materials. And their benefits go far beyond being cost-effective or durable.

By using high-quality building materials you will avoid materials with the potential to emit toxic pollutants into the atmosphere and your home. This will help to improve indoor air quality by reducing indoor air pollution.

Preventing fungus, mold and pests is yet another reason to use high-end building materials for your new home. Products such as properly treated wood and high-end insulation will help to reduce the occurrence of infestation from pests, mildew, rust, rot, fungus and more.


High-end building materials are not only more likely to last longer, they will almost always come with an extensive warranty. Sellers of premium materials understand that their price tag comes with certain expectations for an excellent warranty. Any seller worth their salt believes in the product they’re selling. As a custom home builder I can attest to the pride such producers feel for their products; which in turn works to instill confidence in you as a homeowner.


Many high-end materials require special skills for installation. As a homeowner, this has two benefits. The workers who provide installation possess superior skills in comparison with the competition. This means that you can rest assured that installation will be carried out by an experienced professional. In addition, because they work specifically with a certain company or brand of product, they have a specific expertise.


Team Construction Management has been building world-class luxury homes, commercial buildings and restoration projects for over 36 years. If you have a question about something in this blog, or need some advice on an upcoming project, feel free to contact us today.

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