An external wall cladding directly affects the aesthetics of the entire property, so it is worth thinking carefully about choosing the right finishing materials. Currently on the market we have access to many types of stones and various types of wood, which will perform well in their role. It is very important to choose a material which is not only visually attractive but also functional – weather resistance should be our priority.
Wall cladding design materials: stone
In our country properties finished with different types of stones are becoming more and more popular. Some people decide to finish the whole building with granite or limestone while others opt for a more economical solution and cover only selected areas with stone. Noteworthy are, among others, the mentioned granites which additional advantage is a wide selection of shades. It is worth emphasizing that they are characterized by high resistance to frost and abrasion.
If we want the cost of stone elevation to be a bit lower, we can be tempted by limestone. Their distinctive feature is light color – there are proposals in gray, beige or white.
Slightly more varied in terms of color are travertine, even occurring in red tones. We can also be tempted by slates with metallic finish, which are distinguished by excellent durability and resistance to minus temperature.
Sandstones and dolomites are also moderately popular, mainly in lighter tones. Undoubtedly, natural stones will prove indispensable in creating an elegant façade, however such finishing material is associated with slightly higher costs.
Fashionable wall cladding: other types of cladding materials
The cheapest way to finish a facade is to lay a cement-lime plaster. If we want a more impressive surface, we can try structural plaster. However, it is worth to combine it with other finishing materials, such as wood.
Facade boards will directly affect the aesthetics of a given building – the species of wood is best chosen to match the particular color of the plaster.
Regardless of whether we decide on clinker, plaster or stone elevations, we need to remember that the finishing of the building should blend in as well as possible with the surrounding space. Architects designing single-family houses take this into account, thanks to which the buildings created by them perfectly fit into the landscape architecture.
Why is it worth investing in wall cladding?
The advantage of external cladding is the ease of installation, rapid progress of work, and also durability and mechanical strength and relatively low cost. Siding does not rust, is resistant to weather conditions, and does not require special maintenance. It is easy to keep clean, you can just periodically clean it, and replace only damaged elements of the elevation.
Siding, however, should be matched to the shape of the building. It is not particularly suitable for finishing the facade of houses with a complex shape – it looks much better on objects with a simple line of finish. This type of facing looks good especially on low buildings with sloping roofs. It is suitable for single-family as well as for multi-family buildings, and also for finishing utility rooms or other commercial premises.