Whether you are renovating your current home, or are looking to build your dream home, the type of exterior you choose for your home will determine the overall look and feel of the home, as well as providing your home with protection from the elements. Once you decide the overall look you want for your house, then it is time to take into account a list of other factors, such as cost, material durability, and installation. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but we are here to lay out the pros and cons of the different home exterior styles:
Brick exteriors are typically more durable and require less maintenance compared to other home exterior materials. Brick is also very versatile, and comes in many shapes and sizes.
Lasts a long time
High price of material and installation
Labor intensive installation
A log exterior will give your home a rustic, cabin look. In the right setting, a log house looks amazing.
Can be long lasting if high quality wood is used
Logs need regular treatment to prevent deterioration and insect infestation
Metal exteriors are gaining in popularity due to their versatility and durability. Metal can give your home a new, modern look.
Long lasting and durable
Keeps home cool during summer
Does not retain heat in the winter
May need repainting every few years
Depending on metal type, may increase installation cost
Stone provides your home with a natural, durable exterior. Due to the high cost of stone and installation, some homeowners may choose a stone veneer to give the same look
Gives the home a more natural look
Installation can be difficult and expensive
Stucco is a mix of cement, lime and sand. Stucco can be applied to wooden or brick surfaces to give a clean, uniform look.
Provides great insulation
Doesn’t work well in humid climates
High initial cost
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular exterior materials on the market today due to its easy installation, durability, and low cost.
Comes in many styles and colors
Can look synthetic and too much like plastic for some people
Can be damaged by extreme weather
If you are thinking of remodeling your home, or want to build your dream home, contact us for a free estimate today.