5 Inspiring Ideas for Exterior House Finishes

Is it time to spruce up your home’s exterior? Maybe you’re thinking of putting your house on the market. Or perhaps it’s looking a little forlorn and in need of a bit of a face-lift. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of innovative and exciting exterior house finishes to choose from.

Forget pebble-dashing or a quick paint job. There’s loads of creative ways to change the way your home looks, whilst also enhancing the thermal performance and extending the life of your property.

If your next project is focusing on your property’s exterior, My Build My Way has 5 inspiring, contemporary finishes for you to take a look at. We think you’ll love their potential for transforming an extension or exterior into a stylish feature with kerb appeal.

5 Contemporary Exterior House Finishes

We’re sure that one of these options will serve as inspiration for your new look exterior:

1. Siberian Larch

If you like the idea of timber cladding but want something stylish and sleek, the ancient Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban may provide the answer. This 18th century practice of charring wood creates a matte black effect, tempered by purple, blue and silver hues. Siberian larch is the most popular timber used for this effect, and it doesn’t just look stunning, it’s also resistant to water, rot, insects and the harmful effects of UV rays.

2. Brickwork

exterior brick finish homeBrick needn’t mean boring! There’s now a range of brick finishes available to give your home a distinctive identity. Think reclaimed brick, smooth black brick, tumbled brick or traditional red brick. Don’t like the bricks your home is built from? Why not replace it with a brick cladding which comes closer to your vision? This is a thin brick veneer which covers the original, and gives you enhanced insulation.

3. Natural Stone

exterior stone finish homeIf you’re feeling creative, give some thought to a natural stone finish for your property’s exterior. It’s incredibly durable, provides excellent insulation and protection to your structure. But best of all, it looks stunning. There’s plenty of different styles to choose from, and an amazing range of natural colours, textures, and patterns.

4. Render

Render is the oldest form of finish for external walls. It’s a plaster coating which provides a smooth finish, and this offers protection for your property against snow, rain, sun, and ice. There’s now a range of renders offering different finishes and benefits. Lime renders allow your house to ‘breathe’ naturally, whilst through coloured products offer a pre-coloured product which saves on painting and gives an amazing finish.

5. Metal Finishes

Looking for total transformation? Think metal. This striking external cladding provides protection, durability, and fire resistance as well as stunning aesthetics. Metal used to be about utility, now it’s about urban chic. Zinc is hugely popular for residential properties thanks to its natural beauty, flexibility, and self-healing properties. Steel, copper, and aluminium are also choices to explore.

Ready to Begin?

Whether you’re still pondering exterior house finishes, or you’ve made a decision and want to get started, My Build My Way is ready to help. We act as an introductory service for people who have a project that needs designers or builders. All our contractors are fully verified, and our unique market strategy ensures a no risk proposition for clients.

If you would like My Build My Way to find the right local contractor for you, give us a call on 0800 2465453 or message us online.