Find the Best Exterior Option for Your Home
Choosing which material to install on your home’s exterior can be a difficult choice to make. Which option will last the longest? How can I stay within my budget? What about increasing my homes value? These are only a few of the questions we ask ourselves when facing this difficult choice.
CANZ is here to make that choice a little easier. If you follow this How-to Guide, not only will it help you choose the right option, but you’ll also save yourself some unnecessary stress.
As always, if you have any questions, we invite our customers to contact us and speak to an expert directly!
Option 1: Vinyl Siding
If your place of residency is in Edmonton, Alberta, you’ll be VERY familiar with this exterior option. Most houses that are built, especially in newly developed suburbs, have a vinyl siding exterior. Relatively inexpensive and easy to install, it is not surprising that this option is frequently used. But, like most things that are ‘too good to be true,’ vinyl siding is not the best choice and here’s why:
- Heat damage. When exposed to extreme heat, vinyl siding can melt and warp. So, if you BBQ and there’s an accident, you’re siding will most likely be damaged. Also, if there is a house fire on your street, chances are your vinyl siding will react to the exposed heat.
- Lack of insulation. Unlike its brick or stucco competitors, vinyl siding does not provide the best insulation option. Although siding has an initially inexpensive price tag, the added cost of heating and cooling your home over time will decrease this cost effective benefit.
- Intolerant to cold weather. During extreme temperature lows (something we are very familiar with in Edmonton), vinyl siding can become more brittle. If hit with a hard object, like a heavy rock, vinyl siding can easily chip.
- Unable to change appearance. Unlike stucco, which can be coated and painted (see CANZ’s advance stucco coating technology) or wood, which can also be painted, vinyl siding cannot be altered. If a certain exterior colour falls out of trend, or, if your taste changes, your siding will have to be replaced.
- Cost effective. Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive options for your home’s exterior. Depending on your region, traditional vinyl siding can cost $3-7 per square foot, making it a seemingly preferable option to other exterior materials. However, it’s important to consider a couple of things: As stated above, the lack of insulation can increase your heating/cooling bill, and may even decrease the value of your home. Plus, vinyl siding does not last as long as other exterior options.
Unless your budget does not allow any room to install a better exterior material, I would not recommend siding. Read below for some other options that can boost your resale value, lower your heating/cooling bill, provide a safer, more durable home, and much more!
Option 2: Stucco
Stucco, composed of Portland cement or acrylic, sand, lime, and water, creates a strong, long-lasting, and seamlessly appealing exterior. In recent years, many home owners are choosing to replace their vinyl siding with traditional stucco for a safer, more durable home. For further information on stucco options and technology, visit CANZ’s website, where you’ll find a variety of photos and valuable insight into the world of stucco!
- Fire resistant: the materials that create stucco are naturally fire resistant elements, and, unlike vinyl siding, will not melt when exposed to heat. If you wish to protect your home from exterior fires, you may want to consider installing stucco.
- Energy efficient: stucco creates a concrete encasement around your home. During winter, your stucco exterior will retain more heat than vinyl siding, and, during summer months, it will keep your home cooler. With further insulation, you’ll most likely experience a decrease in your heating and cooling bills. Over time, stucco’s energy efficiency will likely pay for itself.
- Curb appeal: the seamless, textured look of stucco will boost your curb appeal and may increase your home’s resale value. With countless colour options to choose from, stucco offers a comforting freedom in customizing your exterior. In a market where most suburban houses are using vinyl siding, a stucco exterior will make a noticeable difference in increasing the appeal of your home.
- Long lasting: stucco typically lasts for approximately 50 years or more. It’s durable materials and several layers, create a strong and lasting exterior option. If you are looking for an exterior that will last longer than 20-30 years, then I highly recommend opting for stucco.
- Customize your texture: stucco is a versatile option that allows you to decide how textured you want your exterior to appear. Rather your looking for a rough, smooth, or somewhere in between option, stucco allows you to customize your exterior. Unlike vinyl siding that is installed in pre-made planks, stucco is professionally applied to suit the home owners preference.
- Cost: stucco is more expensive than other options, such as vinyl siding. However, it’s natural insulation, durability, and value, are all factors that will most likely pay for itself. For upcoming promotions and discounts, visit CANZ’s Facebook page!
In a competition between stucco and vinyl siding, stucco would certainly emerge as the victor. If you are looking for cost effective, professional, and reliable stucco service, visit CANZ’s stucco page for further information.
Option 3: Brick
Brick has many positive attributes. It has a timeless look that, if you prefer a historical appearance, can be a great option for your home’s curb appeal. Plus, depending on your region, if you choose to install brick, your home will have a unique, sturdy, and pristine appearance that will likely boost your resale value.
- Insulation: similar to stucco, brick’s earthy materials protect against external temperatures. It takes far longer for heat and cold air to enter the strong exterior foundation that brick offers, meaning you’ll likely see a significant decline in your heating and cooling expenses.
- Fire resistant: also similar to stucco, brick offers a natural protection against extreme heat. Because brick is mainly formed from clay, a non-combustible material, it is a premium choice if you wish to protect your home from fires. A current trend in home exteriors is to pair stucco and brick, creating a unique and appealing appearance. This alternative choice can lower your costs, retain fire resistance, and increase your home’s resale value.
- Noise reduction: brick’s dense materials naturally reduce the amount of external sound within your home. If you live by a noisy freeway or in a loud neighbourhood, brick you may wish to consider having brick installed.
- Life span: a typical, well installed brick house can last 100+ years. Many historical brick buildings still stand today with little to no fear of deterioration. If you’re looking for a home exterior that will likely last a lifetime (and may even last a couple lifetimes), brick is a great option.
- Cost: out the three options I’ve listed, brick is the most expensive. However, like stucco, it’s benefits typically pay for themselves over time. With an improved heating and cooling bill, low maintenance, high life span, and other great features, the higher price tag on brick installation shouldn’t deter you.
Brick is a great option for your home’s exterior. However, if you cringe at the cost, consider opting for stucco, a more cost effective option that is also durable, long-lasting, and aesthetically appealing. For more information on brick and stone options, head over to CANZ’s website.
If you have any questions about the above information, or, if you wish to explore your options further, don’t hesitate to contact CANZ for a free consultation!