An ideal finishing material for a building exterior is one which will provide a high-quality, durable and attractive finish, as well as allow for protection from the elements. There are many options available for exterior finishes. The type of finishing material used may depend on a particular style, cost or the preference of a building owner.
Fiber-cement siding is a common exterior finishing material. This type of siding provides low maintenance, fire resistance, durability and style versatility. Fiber-cement siding is as easy to install as wood siding, however, unlike wood siding, it doesn't carry the risk of termites. Fiber-cement siding is textured and made to resemble materials such as wood clapboards, cedar shingles and stucco.
Direct-applied stone veneer is useful as an exterior finish for many reasons. While stone veneer has the same feel and look of natural stone, it costs less than natural stone to install and ship, which is appealing to the budget-conscious builder. Stone veneer also weighs less than natural stone and is installable without any wall ties or footing which saves installation time. Stone veneer is available in many colors, styles and textures and is one way to achieve a natural stone look on a building exterior.
There are several benefits to using engineered wood products for exterior finishing. Engineered wood products are man-made composites containing partially recycled content along with fibers, strands and particles of wood, which are more durable and versatile than non-manufactured wood products. Engineered products are also eco-friendly and ideal for the green builder. Utilizing engineered wood finishing products allows a builder or home owner the ability to add a personalized touch and create eye-catching curb appeal.
Stucco is a type of plaster composed with cement, sand and lime and is generally applied with several coatings on the exterior of a structure. Historically, the use of stucco was meant to give structures an expensive and important feel, however, stucco is generally an affordable material to use. The plaster like substance is versatile and is able to be applied in many different decorative textures such as sponge or adobe finish, fan texture and Spanish or Italian finish. Stucco is a time-tested finish which typically will last for the life of a building.
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