At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we want to provide our homeowners with many options to go through when they are in the selection process for their new homes. Exterior finishes are integral to your home’s look, aesthetics, and style. Additionally, your custom home exterior finishing also should be lasting and weather resistant, especially with Calgary’s winter and wind. In our building process, we are always looking to guide our homebuyers and help them select the best options for their homes.
Nothing transforms a home more than the perfect exterior. With all the different options out there, these days, how do you pick the right one? First, you must not only look at what attracts you, but you have to also consider what exterior siding suits your house. That is why we have put together a list of exterior finishing options for your new custom home in Calgary to ease your selection process and help you find the most durable option with the highest quality that fits your budget.
Stone Veneer Siding
If you think of ancient monuments and temples, you know that stone is the most durable of all building materials. Stone has become the favourite for everyone, especially homeowners that prefer a traditional look. It is considered a premium material, because stone is a natural product, and it can be installed both in interiors and exteriors. This option can be quite expensive due to its installation cost and time. If you decide to have stone in your custom infill home, you can either have it included in a small part of your design, combined with stucco, for example. Also, you can consider some masonry products that have a similar look to stone, such as cultured stone. This option is a great alternative to stone. Cultured stone is a semisynthetic option that offers a similar look to stone at a reduced cost.
Traditional stucco is cement combined with water and combines materials such as sand and lime. Many homes built after the 1950s use a variety of synthetic materials that resemble stucco. Some synthetic stucco has been prone to problems. However, a quality synthetic stucco will prove durable. Tint the stucco the colour you want, and you may never need to paint. Nowadays stucco is a very popular option. We provide the option to use EIFS, an exterior insulation finishing system that makes your walls water-resistant, provides insulation, and it can be mixed with assorted colours for a unique finish. Stucco has turned out to be the most efficient, resistant and durable material for exterior finishing, and also, one of the easiest options to install.
Cement Fibre Siding
Fibre cement siding can have the appearance of wood, stucco, or masonry. If you want the look of authentic wood with a bit less maintenance, cement fibre is a good option. Fibre cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and may have a warranty for up to fifty years.
Wood Clapboard Siding
Modern science has given us many synthetic wood-look products, and yet solid wood (usually cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir) remain favourite choices for finer homes. With periodic care, wood siding will outlast vinyl and other pretenders. As with cedar shingle siding, wood clapboards can be stained rather than painted. Many wood frame houses built centuries ago still look beautiful today.
Made of fired clay, brick comes in a wide variety of earthy, eye-pleasing colours. Although it is expensive, brick is desirable because it can last centuries and probably won't need any patching or repairs for the first twenty-five years.
Metal and Vinyl Siding
Both these options are quite popular as well and offer a modern look to your home. These materials are durable and strong, water resistant and low maintenance. Vinyl is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. Unlike wood or cedar, it won't rot or flake. Vinyl is usually less expensive to purchase and install than most other siding materials. There are, however, drawbacks. Vinyl can crack, fade, or grow dingy over time. Vinyl is also controversial because of environmental concerns. Ask your custom home builder for guidance about using these options and check if it matches your custom home style.
Hardie Board Siding
A widely used option by luxury home builders in Calgary, hardie board siding also has many benefits. It is durable and can be made to look like other materials such as wood. It is also fire resistant and can stand through wild storms. Although this option stands among the most used in Calgary, its installation cost can also be higher than the other options.
Before choosing your exterior siding, take into consideration your environment, as well. Certain climates can put more wear on your home than others. Talk to your Calgary custom home builder about these options and consider your custom infill home design. At Sunset Homes, we will gladly guide you through the selection process and provide you with all the help to make your dream home come true.
Stone, metal and vinyl, stucco, and hardie board are among the most popular options for exterior finishings for your custom home.