Different Types of Sustainable Exterior Finishes For Houses
Whether you are building a three-bedroom generational family home or a getaway cabin in the mountains, selecting the proper exterior finish for your house can help you achieve the proper aesthetic. In addition to style, selecting the appropriate siding can enhance your home’s value and durability, saving you time, money, and headache down the road. Below are some long-lasting and eco-friendly material options for the exterior finishes on your house:
If you are looking to accomplish a visually appealing home exterior, wood siding may be an option worth considering. Praised by designers, wood siding is easy to cut, shape, and install. With proper maintenance, wood siding can last for several years. Wood is also a natural material and derives from the earth and ultimately goes back to land, making it highly sustainable.
However, this maintenance is meticulous and must be performed routinely. There is a significant amount of work to maintain the integrity of wood siding down the road. The initial price for wood siding is also more expensive than other options. Additionally, wood siding is more susceptible to termites and rot.
Stucco siding’s notoriety is for its long-lasting durability. Made of cement, sand, lime, and water, stucco is so durable that some say it can last a lifetime, especially in drier areas of the country. Stucco is made with epoxy, which protects the siding from cracking or chipping.
Stucco siding can rack up high labor costs as it requires three coats put on by experts to complete. If your home is in a wetter climate, stucco may not be the most ideal exterior finish.
Brick siding gives a classic look to homes that have remained a popular choice through the decades. Brick is fire, mold, and rot-resistant and, like stucco, is said to last a lifetime. Brick masonry also requires minimal maintenance.
A significant drawback is that the brick veneer is non-structural, meaning that the siding must be tied back to the building to prevent movement in certain weather conditions. Brick also must be installed by a professional mason, adding an additional expense. Furthermore, the brick itself tends to be on the pricier end of exterior finishes.
Repurposed or recycled metal can serve as a strong exterior finish for homes. Some metals such as steel or aluminum have the potential to be repurposed again even after it is used for siding. Metal siding requires very little routine maintenance and is generally easy to care for.
The main con for metal that makes it less popular compared to other options is its susceptibility to denting or chipping. Metal also may not be the most attractive siding option for design purposes, causing some homebuilders to steer away from it.
Fiber cement is a sustainable siding option as it is made of sand, cement, and wood pulp. Fiber cement is both highly durable and fire-resistant. It can also be configured in different shapes, such as stucco, brick, and shingles. This allows home builders to customize the overall aesthetic of the house.
Fiber cement requires specialized tools and installation methods, driving up labor costs due to its dense weight. Experts say fiber cement siding needs to be refinished once every 15 years, but there is little to no maintenance between that time frame.
Choosing the proper exterior finish on your house ultimately comes down to your construction budget and how you choose to prioritize it. Our experts at FRANK can help you select the proper siding for your build based on budget, environment, and desired aesthetic.