Selecting the Right Siding for Your Custom Home
The outside aesthetics of your home will control the overall look and feel of your home. Your choice of various home siding options will determine if you stand out or blend in your neighborhood. Materials, styles, and color will all play a role to create the look you desire.
Different siding materials also require different varying degrees of maintenance. At Ilcor Builders we specialize in materials that can withstand the tough Texas weather. Therefore, although we don’t limit your selections, we will recommend certain lasting, low-maintenance materials, such as Hardie Plank fiber cement siding, and other weather resistant materials that can help create your desired look without succumbing to cracking, bending, rusting, or fading that can occur in the rough Texas climate.
Cement siding comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures, so you can customize your home’s exterior to your desired aesthetic. Here are some of the ways you can tailor your house siding options at Ilcor Builders:
Shingles, with a rough texture and craftsman appeal, have a wonderful classic aesthetic to them. Cedar wood is a durable option and is resistant to rot. However, the same look can be achieved with Hardie Shingles. The durability of fiber cement shingles is combined with the aesthetics of natural wood to create a cost-efficient, low maintenance siding option.
Shingles can be applied to the entire exterior of you custom home or can be used as a tasteful accent to create a more Craftsman style home. Cedar wood shingles can be painted to match or compliment your desired color palate. If you choose Hardie shingles you’ll be able to take advantage of James Hardie ColorPlus technology, which offers consistent color and a fade resistance that can withstand even the Texas sun.
Barn Siding, also called board and batten siding, uses large vertically aligned boards to create a unique look. You can combine horizontal and vertical siding to accentuate roof peaks and other exterior architectural features. And of course, Hardie offers a HaridePanel that offers a lower-maintenance, more durable option. HardiePanel is available in smooth, wood grain, and stucco styles --enough options to accommodate a traditional, craftsman, or contemporary design.
Lap Siding is the most popular and recognizable siding option. Historically it was made from wood. HardiePlank offers lap siding that looks like wood grain or you can opt for a more contemporary look with smooth planks. HardiePlank gives you the look of a traditional clapboard siding that can blend in with most neighborhoods, while giving you the durability and low-maintenance you’d expect.
One of the most luxurious and beautiful options you can pick for your custom home is natural stone. The look and feel of stone evokes a feeling of permanence, dignity, and luxury. By using a stone veneer, you can affix a timeless look to your custom home at a reasonable price. Although some homeowners opt for a dramatic look by affixing stone around the entire house, a more common option is to use stone as an accent around doorways, the base of the home, or around fireplaces or other architectural features.
With any of these side options you can mix and match textures, colors, and materials to create an exterior aesthetic that is unique to your custom home. Contact Ilcor Builders today to learn more.
Ilcor Builders has been building custom homes on your lot in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1963. We are a family owned business with over 50 years’ experience building custom homes. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home in our design studio in North Austin or in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 512-476-7568 or request a free consultation.