The Best Low Maintenance Materials for Extensions

If you’re looking to add an extension to your home, then one of the first things you need to take into account is the materials used. We provide house extensions in Leicester, so we know how certain materials are easier to clean and maintain than others; this means you’ll want to make the right choice from the get-go.

Modern Sunroom or conservatory extending into the garden, surrounded by a block paved patio

After all, you don’t want to spend hours cleaning away, whether you’re building a new bedroom, bathroom or kitchen.

In this article, we’re taking a look at materials that are attractive to people because of how low maintenance they are, so keep them in mind when making your decision.

Laminate Flooring

A very popular option, laminate flooring is a sturdy material that lasts for a long time and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.

Carpets can stain easily and have to be cleaned regularly, while real wood can warp due to humidity or water damage – this makes them higher maintenance options, the opposite of what you want. You could choose tiles, but the grout also needs to be regularly cleaned to ensure that it doesn’t look stained.

Laminate flooring, on the other hand, can be cleaned normally without too much hassle (just as long as you avoid using a steamer or a soaked mop), and they can look just like real wood too.

Craftsman installing laminate flooring in new apartment

Solid Surface

This material is incredibly versatile, so it’s ideal for a range of rooms in the property. It’s hugely popular for the kitchen and the bathroom because it can keep mould and mildew away better than tiles – this is due to the fact that the material is durable, creates seamless installations and doesn’t require grouting or caulking.

Solid surfaces are generally made up of several elements, such as epoxy, acrylic, pigments and polyester. Homeowners know how frustrating the upkeep of the home can be so, if you’re thinking of building an extension, it’s definitely better to select materials that won’t give you a lot of work to maintain.


Fiberglass windows are also popular, as they are durable and resistant to weather conditions, from rain to wind. And, because they provide good insulation, are resistant to moisture and rot, unlike real wood. This means less cleaning and upkeep, as they are unlikely to grow mould and mildew. They also don’t require regular re-caulking, so you don’t have to worry about that either.

Even if it gets very hot or very cold, you can be confident that the material won’t warp. Any finishes you add will also last for a long time, meaning you won’t have to keep re-touching it.

Quartz Surfaces

When planning your new extension, consider why you need it. If you’re looking to add a new kitchen or bathroom, you’re going to need countertops that can be easily cleaned and maintained. The idea of building an extension is so that you can better enjoy your home and add value to your property – it’s not to spend more time cleaning!

Quartz is a great material that you may want to consider. It’s still rising in popularity because of its natural stone appeal, which looks great in any interior design. It also looks a lot like granite but without the hassle. Granite requires a protective layer to prevent stains and can be chipped or scratched fairly easily.

Quartz, however, is durable, resistant to wear and tear (and high heat) and can be cleaned with mild soap and a soft rag.

beautiful kitchen in new luxury home with island, pendant lights, and hardwood floors

Metal Roofing

Modern metal roofing can resemble wood, slate and even clay. This makes them versatile and, adding this to their durability, incredibly sought-after options. Not only does metal roofing look great, but it’s also easy to clean and maintain.

What’s more, you don’t have to regularly climb up to clean it either, so you don’t have to worry about constant upkeep. The material is also highly resistant to high and low temperatures, so you’ll get the peace of mind of knowing that, whether it’s sunny or snowing outside, your roof will last.

As building contractors in Leicester, we have built many extensions over the years, so just talk to us at any time and we’ll help you bring your vision to life. Whether you want to have more space or a third bedroom, we’re confident that we can meet your requirements at great prices.