I’m doing research on the exterior material, the shell, the siding, the skin (as my architect calls it) and it’s sooooo overwhelming. Of course we’re looking for something that’s:
- Sustainable – Manufactured w/ recycled materials or manufactured without harmful chemicals.
- Energy Efficient – Needs to have some reflective or insulative properties
- Long lasting/low maintenance – needs at least a 20yr warranty with as little maintenance as possible.
- Hot – Needs to be attractive, cool, off the grill, and yet fit well with the existing building.
- Reasonably Priced – Needs to be priced near comparable solutions, like hardi-plank or brick.
A couple of the proposed materials are:
1. Trespa – A panel which appears popular in Europe. Looks pricey. www.trespa.com
2. Paperstone Rainscreen – very cool stuff, love the designs, great website. I’m able to see a couple designs that I really like. Made from recycled materials. Unsure of the 10yr warranty though. And no idea on price.
3. Cembonit – I like how sturdy this stuff is. Basically cement board in sheets. Their website is pretty weak on the design side, so I’m not emotionally drawn to Cembonit like I was to Paperstone. I need to see more examples to know if this stuff would look aesthetically pleasing on my house.
I think these are all in the running. Price will make a big difference. Need to find out pros and cons from Architect on these materials.