Exterior Finishes

Exterior FinishesPublication Type:
Fact Sheet

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The exterior of a house is designed to protect the home from the elements, but is also a vital part of a home's visual appeal.  There are many choices when it comes to the external finish of a home, and most have pros and cons when it comes to environmental considerations and energy savings. 

Download this document to learn about the pros and cons of commonly used exterior materials such as vinyl siding, solid-sawn wood, and plastic-wood composities. The document also discusses implementing green exterior finishes such as:

  • Safely treated lumber
  • Earth-based plaster
  • Fiber cement and cement board
  • Sidewall shingles or OSB siding
  • Masonite or ABTco Stucco
  • MaxiPlank or James Hardie products
  • Polmer products like Nailite
  • Vinyl products like Wolverine

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