How many times have you driven by a stone or brick house and craned your neck to get another peek because the exterior of the home was so beautiful? It happens more often than you think because homeowners appreciate the curb appeal of a home’s exterior.
Your home’s exterior is the most vulnerable to the elements and faces a ceaseless barrage of threats from the hot sun, strong winds, precipitation in all its forms, and the bitter winter cold. Because of these extreme weather conditions, your house’s exterior must be, not only attractive and appealing for decades, but strong, durable and resistant to harsh outside temperatures.
According to the MasonryWorx’s website, a study was commissioned by MasonryWorx, the trade association of brick, block and stone masonry industry professionals. It showed that 84% of Ontario new home shoppers prefer a house made of brick or stone, but most also believe it is the most expensive option. Half of all home shoppers consider vinyl siding the least expensive cladding option, but only 6% prefer it. However, the idea that opting for a masonry exterior is vastly more expensive is a myth that potential homebuyers should see past, says MasonryWorx President Dante Di Giovanni. Di Giovanni says, “When you factor a higher resale price, lower maintenance costs and lower energy costs into the equation, brick becomes a much better value.”
The study also demonstrated that Ontario home shoppers are aware of the esthetic benefits of masonry materials for a home’s exterior. It concluded that more than four in five consumers believed that a brick or stone home looks best and more durable with a higher resale value. The report also indicated that two-thirds of the respondents also acknowledge a masonry home will have lower maintenance costs rather than options like wood, stucco or vinyl siding.
North American real estate professionals estimate that a brick or stone home has a resale value of 6% higher than homes built with alternative exterior materials. This more than compensates the homeowner for their initial investment in a masonry home. Both brick and stone have beneficial features that a homeowner finds desirable, so let’s take a look at both.
Brick is one of the most popular exterior materials because it provides a solid, well-made structure that is beautiful. Bricks come in many sizes, and different clays produce different colours for versatility. A brick home exterior can be more expensive than siding and potentially have a problem with drainage because they are porous. However, with an adequate drainage system a brick exterior provides a homeowner with several advantages in comparison to other home exterior options. Over the long term, brick may be worth the additional building costs because many people find brick extremely attractive. A brick house can also increase the value and curb appeal of your home up to 6% and this beneficial attribute can increase the chances of potential buyers to come and take a look.
Brick homes are well insulated because brick functions very differently when you compare it to traditional insulated siding. When combining insulation with a brick exterior, the insulation acts as a barrier to the outside elements. The brick stabilizes internal temperatures by delaying the passage of heat through the walls. In the winter, the interior walls are protected and will absorb the heat inside the house.
Brick homes are easy to maintain and only require an occasional wash for the first twenty-five years. After that, any loose or chipped bricks can be easily repaired. Brick homeowners do not need to worry about painting or decay and it’s resistant to termites and fire, which may result in lower insurance rates.
Like brick, there are few things more appealing to the eye and attractive than a home with stone siding. Selecting stone as your exterior material of choice is an important decision, whether you’re building a new home or buying an existing one. Stone siding is a traditional material that is routinely used today because it suggests formal, classical elegance, requiring little care. Despite its relatively high cost compared to other forms of exterior building materials, such as various types of vinyl siding, stone-exterior homes offer long-term advantages to their owners.
Although natural stone can give a home character and complement the exterior in a significant way, natural stone is not really practical. Stone is exceedingly heavy which make the installation cumbersome, lengthy and must be done by a skilled masonry installer to do the job right. However, today with the many selections of stone siding, and homeowner who don’t want to deal with such a massive endeavor, you can have the look and feel of natural cultured stone siding as an outstanding alternative that should be considered.
Stone siding is unique because it is manufactured to look exactly like natural stone, but less than an inch thick and weighs considerably less than natural stone, around 15 pounds or less per square foot. Stone siding is an excellent insulator against the outdoor elements since it provides such a thick barrier between your interior and the outside. Like brick, your home will be better protected internally with stone siding.
One stone siding product is Castia Stone. Not only will it last a lifetime, it also adds beauty and value to your home as well. Castia Stone is a unique siding material that protects your home from dry rot and mold while increasing its value and charm. Castia Stone has a sealed concrete construction and mortar-less application. Castia Stone products are pre-cast using lightweight concrete. All siding tiles are manufactured with molds taken from natural stone to ensure an authentic texture.
Under The Sun Home Renovations is an authorized dealer and installer for Castia Stone. Contact us for further information on upgrading your home exterior.