Building & Renovating

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

Photography: JP Meneses

In our first installment of the RL Awards 2017 series, these design experts share with us the most effective, tried and tested, value-for-money building and finishing materials that they’ve used in their own projects. Here are the winners (and runners-up) in the building and finishing materials category:


 1. Paint: Boysen, available at all hardware stores and home depots nationwide

“Boysen is very helpful in informing painters, architects, and designers on how to use their paint. They teach you how to apply and even recommend the right paint for different surfaces, and they also have a wide variety of available color palettes and they are available even in small paint shops.”—Angelo Siochi, architect, AGSiochi Architecture & Design

2. Roofing: Steeltech, available at major hardware stores and home depots, or go to

“With a wide variety of color and materials available for your roofing needs, it isn’t hard to decide why a lot of architects and engineers choose Steeltech. They also provides steel decking, soffit and cladding accessories, merging design and functionality in construction.”—Paula de Guzman, project designer, Design Coordinates

3. Insulation: Ecofoam, available at leading hardware stores, or visit

“Spray Poly-Urethane Foam (SPF) by EcoFoam provides a continuous air barrier, and prevents moisture infiltration and condensation. It also prevents thermal bridging and resists heat movement in all directions—qualities that help reduce heating and cooling costs in your house by as much as 50%.”—PDG

4. Ceramic Tiles: La Europa Ceramica, available at Robins Design Center, Meralco Ave., Pasig City

“There are so many types and brands of tiles but I always go for the Spanish tiles from La Europa. Their tiles are nice to play with in terms of texture and color.”—AS

5. Bathroom Fixtures: Kohler, available at Sanitec, 2/F, 240 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City

“Kohler features a lot of designs in their bathroom products, from modern to country, and they have a vast array of fixtures to choose from.”—Nikki Audine, interior designer

“These fixtures run the whole gamut of classic elegance ripe with ornamentation to ultra-modern design. Kohler goes above and beyond in providing the perfect solution for bathroom needs.”—PDG

6. Cement: Republic Cement, available at hardware stores and home depots

“Republic is widely used and can be bought from any hardware. Compared to others, it lasts longer either exposed or used indoors.”—AS


7. Wood: Matimco, available at major home depots and at

“A popular building material, Matimco has consistently ensure quality material for outdoor and indoor wood needs such as door, panels, mouldings, providing more than just a nice warm accent in a home.”—PDG

8. Lightbulbs: Philips, available at major hardware stores and depots, or visit

“Global lighting brand Philips is as ubiquitous as it is functional. The array of choices for all your energy-efficient and innovative lighting needs, from industrial uses to accent lighting in the home have made this the leader in lighting solutions.”—PDG


1. Ceramic Tiles: Mariwasa, available at major home depots and at

“Mariwasa is one local tile brand that keeps updating their collection every year, keeping up with the trends.”—NA

2. Bathroom Fixtures: American Standard, available at major home depots and at

“This is one plumbing and bathroom brand that has been around for 130 yeards, and used internationally—they have truly dependable and you really get value-for-money with the durability of their products.”—Rachelle Medina, editor,

3. Paint: Nippon, available at major hardware stores and depots

“Their Momento Special Effects and Textured Paints series makes it easier for designers and homemakers to do pick on the perfect accent finishes for their walls.”—PDG

4. Cement: Holcim, available at hardware stores and home depots

“They carry different products intended for different applications, and this brand is used by many contractors due to its quality and sales service.”—NA

5. Insulation: Betafoam, visit

“This affordable brand offers a wide array of insulation products.”—NA

6. Lightbulbs: Nxled, available at major hardware stores

“Not only is it energy saving for being LED, they also carry bulbs that can change brightness. Their items are very affordable, despite the quality and lighting innovation the brand offers.”—NA

7. Ceramic Tiles: Baldocer, available at major home depots and at

“With its tasteful designs available in different sizes, gorgeous neutral colors, and value-for-money price points, it isn’t hard to see why Baldocer Ceramic is a popular choice for bathrooms, flooring and even as wall accents!”—PDG ­­­­

8. Roofing: Apo Galfan, available at major home depots and hardware stores


“Most of the time I specify Apo Galfan, which uses 95% zinc and 5% aluminum. They have longer periods of warranty, which is very important in roofing since it is exposed to all weather conditions and receive less maintenance. Aside from this, Apo lasts longer and has corrosive protection which is important.”—AS

9. Paint: Davies, available at hardware stores and home depots

“Davies has fairly thick paints, which are good in covering surface imperfections.”—NA

10. Wood: Santa Clara, visit

“This is a local brand that is known for their quality marine plywood, which is very durable and can withstand most weather conditions.”—NA

PHOTOS Courtesy of the brands, illustration-collage by JP Meneses

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