Façade material options

May 25,2022
Decorate and insulate your dream home with one of these four common façade materials. Have you ever walked past a home or building and marveled at the beauty of its exterior? That exterior is called a facade, and creating it is one of the biggest challenges an architect will face while designing a structure.

The perfect facade must serve two functions: to be aesthetically pleasing from the outside, and to serve as insulation for the inside. Finding that balance between style and substance can be tricky, especially with people’s tastes in facade design evolving over time. If you’re looking to build or design a home and are unsure what facade materials are right for you, read on for a look at a few of the most common choices and their benefits.

Perhaps the most common of facade materials, bricks have been a staple of construction for thousands of years. This material offers a variety of benefits for builders and homeowners, with one of the biggest being its insulating abilities. Bricks are fantastic at holding in heat during winters and keeping it out during summers. What’s more, they’re also flexible, durable, and cheap to produce and acquire. Bricks can also be bought in many different colors, sizes, and shapes, and can be given unique designs for an added sense of personality.

Metal facades have gone through a unique evolution over the past few decades. As noted by Johannes Van Graan in an article for Homify.com, metal was “previously associated with industrial or prefabricated buildings,” giving them little appeal for homes. However, architects have found appealing ways to transform metal facades into a desired option for homeowners around the world. Metal can be shaped and textured at the discretion of the designer, and it works well when paired with materials like concrete or wood. Other benefits of metal include its insulating abilities, its flexibility, and the ease with which it can be installed.

Opting for concrete gives an architect many of the same benefits found in bricks; it’s a good insulating material, it’s easy to produce, and it can be given added customization by the owner of the home or building. However, concrete’s biggest draw is its ability to be sold and installed in precast panels and walls. Writing for Schmidt Associates, Steve Schaecher notes that concrete panels can “provide an entire wall and structural system, and they can be effective when dealing with tight construction schedules.” These panels can be purchased in different shapes and sizes, and are inexpensive to produce in large quantities.

Another popular choice for constructing an eye-catching facade, wood is both a durable and endlessly customizable material. Thanks to its strength and ability to grow and shrink depending on the weather and season, there’s hardly a home or building in the world that doesn’t use at least a bit of wood. Beyond its uses for structure and construction, wood’s weather-resistant properties make it great for covering architecture. When properly treated and tended to, wood can last for a long time in even the harshest conditions. Many experts, including the team at ArchDaily.com, recommend tough woods like accoya for outdoor construction projects.

With this list of commonly used materials at your disposal, you’re well on your way to giving your next architectural project the facade of your dreams.
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