Whether you are building a new house or renovating an old one, the external wall cladding you choose will affect not only its appearance, but also its current and future resell value. Modern constructions often use products such as fibre cement boards, aluminium or metal cladding. Offering neat, clean lines with limited texture, these finishes also project an air of rigidity and coldness. Even though metal and aluminium can be painted in various shades of rich colours, they keep an industrial aspect to them that suits a selected clientele and neighbourhood.
For a more traditional look, brick, stone and wood remain the favourite. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be cost prohibitive or might require a lot of maintenance to retain their beauty. When selecting your exterior wall material, you want to limit the amount of work you will have to do to maintain the beauty of your house. Life is busy enough without having to repaint wood siding every two years. If chosen correctly, your siding should reduce the energy cost of heating or cooling your house. It should also improve the appearance of your house, giving it an inviting curb appeal. Certain materials are guaranteed for up to 50 years, offering reassurance to home owners that their house is sided with high quality material.
Somewhere between traditional and post-modern aseptic look, the trend of mixing materials is gaining traction. Home owners combine two or more finishes to create a unique design for their abode. In these combinations, we see vinyl siding and stone cladding covering the front of a house. Dark panelling and light stone offers a beautiful contrast. Other options include brick and stucco as well as horizontal mixed with vertical siding. For a greener look, some contractors and home owners join solar panels to other materials, creating an original effect that might appeal to eco-friendly buyers.
For some less conventional people, some very unusual materials are selected as exterior wall covering. In this category one can find a house cladded entirely of copper. Other houses mix glass and ceramic tiles in harmonious patterns that are quite pleasing to look at. Wood offers an infinite amount of possibilities to create original designs. Metal and concrete can blend in well with wooden or vinyl inserts. With recycled materials and imagination, there are many opportunities for home owners to personalize their house.
Selecting the exterior covering of your house is a process that requires planning to achieve the desired effect. Aside from obtaining municipal permit to complete the work, home owners must also ensure their ideas fit within their budgets. Professional should be hired to install the siding as it protects the products’ warranty and guaranties the work is completed adequately, especially if the contractor is reputable. Unless home owners have a definite idea of what material they want for their home, consulting with various siding firms would probably save them headaches and frustrations in the long run. This will also help them complete this project in a reasonable time frame.