Designing the exterior of your home, whether you're building or remodelling, means choosing the right facade. The facade includes the material used over the insulation board. There are numerous choices for a home's facade and each has its own downsides and pluses. Understanding the differences between the types of facades available helps you design a home that will provide many years of service.
Determine your budget. The amount of your budget will largely determine what kind of facade you can choose for your house. Siding and wood are the cheapest options, while brick and stone are the most expensive. If you like the look of brick, but can't afford to face the entire house with it, combine it with another material; use brick on the front of the house and the alternate material on the rest.
Consider your area's weather patterns. If your area gets a lot of rain, or is often humid, a wood facade will be troublesome. Wood can warp, and if you choose a material such as cedar, you will have to seal it yearly to protect it. In this instance, a stone facade or siding would be a more economical choice.
Think about durability and maintenance. Brick facades typically need little maintenance, and although they're more expensive initially, over time they're quite economical. Wood siding must be painted regularly, while regular siding needs little care and often comes with a 30-year warranty. If you don't have the time or money to spend painting every few years, choose a facade that requires very little upkeep.
Remember your home's design. The architecture of your home should influence your decision. For example, a Craftsman style home typically has wood siding or stucco. A Tudor style home generally mixes brick with regular siding. Be true to your home's architecture for an authentic look.
Think about your colour preferences. Siding is available in hundreds of colours, and wood siding can be painted any colour you choose. Brick facades will range in tones from dark to light red and brown. Stucco can be painted, but is typically done in neutral colours.