5 Long Lasting Materials for the Exterior of Your Home

5 Long Lasting Materials for the Exterior of Your Home
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    Your home has to deal with a lot of stressors to keep you comfortable and dry.

    To protect this crucial investment from rain, snow, sun, and wind, you need great quality siding and roofing.


Depending on any HOA regulations, your exterior choices can offer both terrific protection against the weather as well as offering low or no maintenance coverage.

Fiber Cement Siding

If your region is especially wet, or if bugs are a concern, fiber cement siding and cement-bonded particleboard have a lot to offer.

Many of these materials can be shaped to look like wood or stone and they take paint exceptionally well. Additionally, nearly any product formulated with cement is extremely rot resistant. If your humidity levels are high, look for products formed with cement in the mix.

You can find cement siding pieces with pigment included in the mix, and you can get these pieces formed in patterns from brick to stone to wood grain.

The critical consideration is to make sure that your cement siding pieces are affixed to a very sturdy surface and protected from water seepage from behind.

Brick Veneer Treatment

A brick veneer, even on the lower half of your home, can give a classic look to your space. Bricks are highly heat resistant, can tolerate water if well tuck pointed, and will easily manage the heat and dry conditions of the desert.

Do be aware that a brick veneer is constructed of non-structural brick. There will need to be an underlayment that your brick can be bonded to for a no-maintenance, fire-resistant feature on the outside of your home.

The brick veneer and the accompanying mortar will age like an ordinary brick. Consider installing a tinted mortar if you are trying to match an old-world look. New mortar can be quite bright and may stand out in a way that you do not intend.

Standing Metal Seam for Roofs and Walls

Metal building construction technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the United States. Not only can a metal building be built that can serve as a home, gathering hall, or even a house of worship, but these buildings extremely weathertight and often built with insulation formed right in the walls.

Standing metal seam construction is often a forever fix, though current research indicates you can enjoy fifty years of worry-free protection from your metal roof. If you are interested in collecting rainwater from your roof, go with metal.

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When considering a metal building exterior or new construction, be aware that you may need to make decisions on the inside at the same time. Because a lot of metal construction now comes in a kit format, the ability to plan out chases for water, gas, and electricity may need to be included in your design decisions.

Rubberized Sealant for Your Roof

Depending on the construction style, a rubberized roof that offers some flexibility can be an ideal choice. Of course, weather and temperature will have an impact, so discuss your choices with a professional, if in the New York area search for a Brooklyn commercial roofing specialist.

This form of sealant can also serve as an ideal base for another roofing material. Depending on the age of your building, having your roof sealed before installing another layer of the product may be the best choice.

For those with an older building, this treatment may be the best way to protect against leaks in awkward corners or along old seams.


Clay Roof Tiles

Clay tiles are common in the desert, but these hearty roofing pieces can also serve to protect roofs in other areas of the country. Unless you suffer the risk of very severe hail, a clay roof can last for up to a century. Clay roof tiles offer an iconic wave pattern, which is quite visually appealing from a distance.

Do be aware that a clay roof will be extremely heavy. While asphalt shingles can often be layered, the structure of a clay roof will need to be carefully studied before the tiles are applied, as the removal or reconfiguration can be challenging.

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Making changes to your home should never be done lightly. Make sure that you are not in violation of any HOA restrictions before deciding on a siding color, pattern, or roof material. As a general rule, going as low maintenance as possible is a terrific choice.

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