When it comes to the exterior of your home you have options, construction can be done with wood, brick, vinyl siding or one of a number of other materials. The question for new home builders is, should you choose siding, brick or wood? Let’s look at each and see which suits your home the best.
Vinyl siding is one of the most common materials used on the exterior of homes. It is often chosen for its durability since it won’t rot, you don’t have to worry about termites nor does it need to be painted. It is far cheaper than bricks and it is a greener choice than wood. Vinyl siding can be bonded to your insulation and that prevents heat loss making it pretty energy efficient.
Natural wood looks fabulous, it gives you that old fashioned rustic look you just don’t get from other materials. Wood is high maintenance and it can suffer from warping, rotting, insect damage and you will need to repaint it every couple of years. We have a come along way and now you can get engineered wood that gives you the look you want without all the hassle. You can get Masonite that is a mixture of wood, resin and wax and you can get it pre-painted or paint it yourself. No more worrying about shrinkage or warping and it is affordable.
If aren’t a fan of Masonite and you still want that authentic wood look you can treat it so that it will last longer. Roughly every five years treat your wood with a concoction of bleach oil, linseed oil and bleaching crystals. It will help keep the wood from decaying and if you live near the ocean protect it from salt damage. You can add a mildewcide to the mixture and that will keep the wood from getting mildew damage and blackening.
Brick has been a common material for home exteriors for ages. While it is durable it won’t be your cheapest option but brick is extremely energy efficient. If you’re using it in new construction you can recover the cost with what you will save on utilities. You don’t get the color options that you would with vinyl siding, but brick may be the better choice regardless.
What you use for the exterior of your home may depend on the cost, the size of your home and the area that you live. Most importantly the choice will depend on what you prefer.