Your custom home’s exterior says a lot about your house. The first impression of your home should reflect what you actually call home, incorporating its main style. While siding is normal for plenty of homes, a brick or stone front will elevate your custom home to a new level. Of course, both have their sets of pros and cons, and picking between the two might require some serious, careful consideration. Read on to learn about the various differences between brick and stone for your custom home!
Factors of a Custom Home Brick Exterior
Brick is a recognizable and historical material that is used in various historic buildings in Maryland along with other states. If you are looking to create a robust Old World or colonial look for your house, brick could be the material for you. Brick itself is made of shale and clay, all baked in a kiln. As seen in its historic areas, brick can last you centuries. It is fireproof and waterproof and could help insulate and warm your house. As it is a manmade product that uses mortar as its primary binder, it will break down over time and potentially need repairs to fill in cracks and holes. Since brick comes in uniform rectangles or blocks, they’re much easier to build together into a veneer or wall. However, when someone compares the costs of both materials and installation with stone, then the two materials break somewhat evenly.
Factors of a Custom Home Stone Exterior
Meanwhile, stone is a very trendy material for a modern custom home exterior. Harkening back to the olden days and country cottages alike, stone comes in multiple shapes, types, and colors to help suit varying house exterior styles. As a typical material, stone wins the debate over brick when it comes to durability. Historic and ancient granite monuments could attest to natural stone’s age-old stand against time. On the other hand, manufactured stone has become quite popular too, and because of its high performance in appearance and durability, both are reasonable contenders. Of course, nothing really beats the natural material for a custom home in Maryland.
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