What Materials Should You Choose for Your Home’s Exterior Walls?
Depending on your own personal taste, the type of materials you choose to use for the exterior walls of your home can be anything from vinyl siding to stucco. Ultimately, you’ll want something that’s both appealing to the eye and that will stand up to whatever conditions are common to your area, so before you make a snap decision on what materials to use on your home’s exterior, think about things carefully. After all, those exterior walls are the first thing that people see. What kind of face do you want to present?
One of the greatest factors in finding the best fit for the exterior surfaces of any house is the style: you wouldn’t put stucco on a sweet Victorian any more than you would put siding on a Spanish style home. The exterior of your home should appear intentional and enhance every square foot, whether that means choosing classic brick or something a little more rustic like Hardie board. Whatever the case may be, make sure that the materials used on your exterior walls will be able to stand up to the elements; they’re more than just a pretty face, they’re actually your home’s first line of defense.
Do research on the different types of materials that appeal to you. Not everything that catches your eye will actually be the wisest choice; certain areas of the country will be better suited to stucco, while others may fare best with brick. There are other factors to take into consideration, as well. How much maintenance are you willing to invest in your home’s exterior surfaces? Some sidings will require replacement or repainting after a certain length of time; stuccos can easily stain and sometimes even crack. What you choose is important, so seek out the advice of a professional. A custom home builder will be a great source of information, and may even have experience in repair work that will help you make a decision about what material will be the best fit for you and your home. A stucco contractor will have expertise in EIFS damage repair, and if you’re considering the pros and cons of choosing stucco, asking them the specifics will help you in your decision.
Another thing to consider is budget. Which type of material is affordable to you? You may love the look of natural stone, but is it financially feasible? There may be alternative options that are more in your price range you’re not aware of…again, it’s all about research and seeking out the advice of a professional.
The beauty of your home should be reflected on the outside as well as the inside! Call the experienced team at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., for advice today!