Custom Home Exteriors: What are the Options

There are a variety of options to choose from for your home exterior from wood or vinyl siding, to concrete overlaid with brick or stucco. While they can come in countless styles, wood or vinyl siding are not ideal for Florida homes because they do not offer the protections needed, and aren’t as sustainable as concrete. Cogdill Builders of Florida recommends solid concrete walls for use in your Florida home because unlike wood or vinyl siding, concrete is:

  1. Stronger and high wind resistant; Ideal for a hurricane prone state.
  2. Energy efficient; Saving you money on your electric bills.
  3. Fire resistant
  4. Protects against termites and other pests
  5. Noise resistant
  6. Green product; Sustainable, not requiring much upkeep.
  7. Better re-sale value

Types of Concrete

Solid concrete walls come in two types, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) and Poured Concrete. ICF’s are similar in appearance to concrete block, but made of hollow Styrofoam so reinforcement and concrete can be pumped in. This results in a strong wall system, and the exterior and interior Styrofoam provides excellent energy efficient properties.

Finish Options

Solid concrete walls are primarily finished in stucco or brick. While brick offers timeless beauty, stucco is available in a variety of different colors and textures. Cogdill Builders of Florida has several examples of the many home exteriors we have constructed over the years. No matter what option you choose to go with, we will help develop a beautiful exterior for your custom home.

‘Green’ Features

Cogdill Builders of Florida prides itself on being environmentally conscious and we strive to build with the mindset of the preservation of natural resources. Our sustainable SMARTHOMES come with many ‘green’ features designed to prolong the longevity of your investment. All of our SMARTHOMES include the following features as outlined by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at no additional cost:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Indoor Environment Quality
  4. Resource Efficiency
  5. Site Selection and Site Development

Home Resale

If you have to move, getting the best value for your home is ideal for the seller as well as the buyer. The features included with any build from Cogdill Home Builders of Florida improve the resale value of your home. Using solid concrete for your exterior walls as well as ‘green’ building products automatically adds value ensuring a better price should you have to sell.

When exploring exterior wall options, your best decision is to have Cogdill Home Builder of Florida help you design the perfect custom home for you. We work with you from the ground up to design everything you would want in your home. Call us at 813-486-9099 or use the contact form online for your estimate today. We look forward to working with you!

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