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- Your House’s Exterior Siding Options
Nothing has a greater impact on the look of your house than the outside siding you select. Look for siding panels and materials that complement the architectural style of your home and your lifestyle while you browse. Your choice may also alter the appearance of a whole neighbourhood.
The following are the most common exterior siding materials.
Traditional stucco is made of cement mixed with water and inert elements like sand and lime. Many houses constructed after the 1950s are made of synthetic materials that look like stucco. Some synthetic stuccos have caused issues. A high-quality synthetic stucco, on the other hand, will last. If you colour the stucco, you may never need to paint it.
Stone is the most enduring of all construction materials, as shown by ancient structures and temples. Granite, limestone, slate, and other kinds of stone are aesthetically pleasing and virtually weatherproof. Regrettably, they are also prohibitively costly. Precast stone veneers and facings are less expensive. Some stone veneers seem to be natural, while others appear to be artificial.
Fibre cement siding may be made to seem like wood, stucco, or masonry. Cement fibre is an excellent choice if you want the appearance of real wood but with less maintenance. Fibre cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and has a fifty-year guarantee.
Even though modern technology has created numerous synthetic wood-look materials, real wood (often cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir) remains a popular option for better houses. Wood siding will outlive vinyl and other imposters if properly maintained regularly. Wood clapboards, like cedar shingle siding, may be stained rather than painted. Many wood-frame homes that were constructed decades ago still appear stunning today.
Brick is made of baked clay and comes in a broad range of earthy, eye-catching hues. Although costly, brick building is ideal since it can endure centuries and will likely not need any patching or repairs for the first twenty-five years. Older brick houses may have stucco siding, which should preserve for historical authenticity. Quality brick veneers are also appealing and long-lasting, but not as long as a full brick.
Homes with cedar shingles (commonly known as “shakes”) complement forested settings nicely. The shingles are typically constructed of natural cedar with stained browns, grays, or other earthy shades. Shakes look really like real wood, but require less attention than wood clapboards. By applying stain instead of coating, you may minimize peeling.