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Best Exterior Finishes Based On Climate in Pakistan

Building a new home is an investment. Most of us want to spend our hard-earned money on a home that looks good and lasts for a lifetime. If you are looking to enhance its beauty, nothing packs a bigger punch than investing in your exterior finish. Since it’s the first thing visitors see, it makes or breaks your home’s first impression.  The exterior often reflects the overall style of the house and the family that lives there, so it sets the pace for the rest of your space. Whether you are renovating or building new, here are our ‘go to’ finishes as they provide a high level of finish and in most cases low maintenance for the end user. These finishes are frequently used in combination with one another and can be utilized to highlight certain building features.

Stucco

Stucco is a natural cement-based material that cures to a hardened state when applied. Stucco finishes are relatively low maintenance, last several decades, and can be painted when a change of color is desired. Stucco has a large range of finish textures available, ranging from a smooth, lace, dash, sand finish, old English to comb texture. Its breathability allows moisture to evaporate quickly, making it ideal for locations with normal precipitation, but poorly suited to rainy areas. While materials are not pricey, labor costs definitely can add up because stucco requires applying three coats.

Brick

On top of its durability and aesthetics, homes with brick can be better at cooling down during hot weather than framed and sided houses. Brick is made from clay and shale, and comes in standard block sizes that are perfect for creating a timeless, uniform design. The standard sizes also offer a level of flexibility, making it easy to use brick as an accent material. You can choose from simple red bricks to rouge tiles and thus their cost varies.

Wood

Before settling on a wood species and grade, ask your builder about rot resistance, splitting, checking and cupping. While you can choose from a variety of wood siding options – pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood—not all may be suited to Pakistan’s climate. Proper maintenance includes power washing, staining and sealing whenever the heat of the sun fades the finish or moisture leads to mold or mildew.

Stone

Stone houses are the most durable of the homes ever built in history. This is because the stone is hardly affected by rain or bad weather and is quite resistant to rodents and other elements. Apart from the toughness, stone siding also provides a sense of appeal that makes them one of the most treasured, among other building materials in history. Real stone siding can be reused in case a home is destroyed or torn down. This makes it one of the natural materials that can be recycled in modern homes.

Considering Pakistan’s climate – we shortlisted the best home exterior finishes for your project. Start by looking at the homes of your neighbors. What exterior finishes did they use? Do you like what you see? Do you think this material will survive the test of time?

If yes, this could be the perfect cladding material for you.

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