It takes some time and some serious thinking before you select the best material to use when you are replacing the exterior wall cladding of your house. After all, this new finish will be there for decades. A few factors to consider include the look of the neighborhood, the region you live in, the types of materials you prefer, the insulation need of your house, and your budget. Furthermore, the original finishing of your house might influence your choice of new covering, especially if it contains hazardous substances.
Another step to take before starting this new project is to consult your local building requirements to ensure no step is missed in this renovation.
Once you have established the budget you will work with, look around in your neighborhood to see what others have chosen. Even though you want your house to be unique, it must fit in its environment to maintain or increase its resell value.
The area of the country you live in will also impact your choice of cladding. You want to select the material that best suits your needs while being economical, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Also, cladding your house is a great way to add more insulation. The type of installation you will use will depend on the material you choose and the current covering of your walls. Unless you are manually inclined, you will need professional to install your new cladding.
As you look at your options, it is important to consider the combination of your old siding and your new cladding. For instance, brick covered by cement might be a combination that retains moisture and would not be adequate in a humid climate. Alternatively, it might be fine in a dry environment.
Think about the pros and cons of every material you consider for your house. Some regions will need a material that expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Other regions might not. Take your time as you shop around. You do not want to settle for the first material that catches your eye unless you are convinced it meets all your needs. It might also pay off to wait for your preferred material to come on sale.
After shopping around and doing some research, you realize that the various types of cladding include your typical materials: stone, timber, weatherboard, fiber cement, brick, vinyl, and metal. What is interesting is that some of these choices offer a variety of colors, while others are more limited.
Timber, weatherboard, and vinyl can be installed either horizontally or vertically, depending on the effect you are looking to create. With stone, you can recreate a colonial look reminiscent of the last turn of the century. Metal and fiber cement will give your house a modern, trendy look. With all the possibilities on the market, you could even mix different cladding to produce a unique look.
In sum, replacing or covering the exterior walls of your house is a big project that needs to be well-planned to yield the expected results. With a set budget, good research and a reputable installing company to help you, you will give your house a face-lift that will bring you joy for years to come.