Whether you are remodeling your home or business, choosing the proper exterior building materials is an important part of the design. Not only will it be your building’s first line of defense against the always changing Minnesota elements, it will also set the tone and feel for the space you are trying to create. Each type of material achieves a certain goal, so it is important to consider both function and aesthetics when choosing the perfect material for your exterior construction project.
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Exterior Building Materials
Stucco, EIFS – fine plaster used for coating wall surfaces or molding into architectural decorations
The benefits of stucco make it a popular choice. Stucco is an exterior finish that can withstand a wide range of temperatures, so it may be ideal for the extreme cold of Minnesota winters. It is one of the most durable materials currently available on the market, and may last for decades without need of repair. It is also practically maintenance-free, as it does not require regular repainting or reinstallation. Since it is such a popular option, it may also increase the value of your property. This is a solid choice for virtually any personal or business project you may have. We recently completed a EIFS Exterior Remodel at the Medina Entertainment Center located just off of Highway 55 in Medina, MN. Check out the photos here>>>
Brick – any rectangular units laid in mortar.
Brick, stone and concrete all have similar benefits as exterior materials. They can work with insulation in the walls to act as a complete barrier to the elements, and may actually help stabilize the temperatures inside a building. They also have the added benefit of largely being considered upgrade materials, which can increase the final value of your project. A huge bonus is that brick, stone and concrete can be used to increase the aesthetics of a property while also protecting it.
Sheet Metal – metal formed by an industrial process into thin, flat pieces
Metal siding is a less common material for exterior surfaces, but it has many advantages. It is more durable than most other materials, and requires no maintenance when installed properly. It is particularly beneficial in harsh winters because metal is impervious to moisture, and may help reduce incidents of insect infestation. Sheet metal also brings a fresh new modern design to your business. The clean modern sleek look of sheet metal can offer a great first impression to your customers. We recently installed sheet metal at Indoor Auto, a used car dealership in Medina, MN check out the photos here>>>
Glass – is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that is often transparent and can be used on the exterior of buildings.
Glass comes in many different forms and can be creatively used in your building design. Glass has always intrigued humanity and continues to do so with the advancement of technology. Often times medical and technical companies use glass in their exterior design of their buildings to mesh with their company brand. Glass offers a technological or sophisticated feel to buildings when used properly.
In summary, as described above all exterior building materials have there advantages and proper applications. Talk with your contractor to determine the best choice for your project while considering your overall goals, your design, and your budget.