5 Things to Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

by | Jul 13, 2023

When selecting exterior materials, there are various options available to fit within your preferred budget and style. Making decisions can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with a product or what you’re looking for. If unsure where to begin, start by asking yourself simple questions. Do I have a preferred style in mind? Am I looking for a low-maintenance product? What level of durability am I expecting? Are there any warranties offered on the product? What are the cost differences like?


Answering questions like these can help narrow your search and get you thinking about what you value in an exterior material. It’s important to think about your expectations prior to selecting to avoid any possible letdown in your final product. 


These are 5 things you should consider when selecting exterior materials to help achieve your goal.


Cost Differences Between Products

COST to Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

Cost difference is one of our most frequently asked questions when selecting exterior materials. Many factors come with the cost, such as material composition, performance, labour, installation, etc. If you lay out typical types of exterior material from lowest to highest price, it would be as follows— stucco, vinyl siding, fibre cement board (Hardie Board), wood composite, wood, and finally stone


Product Warranties 

WARRANTIES to Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

An important factor to consider when selecting product is the warranty. Each supplier will offer a different warranty depending on the type of product. This is not to say you should make your final choice based solely on the warranty, but it is something to be aware of. Having all the information to make an informed decision will help you meet your expectations and leave you feeling good about your selections.


Performance & Durability

DURIBILITY and Performanceto Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

Each product will have pros and cons associated with its performance and durability. When you build a new home (or cottage), you want to ensure you’ll get the best value. The performance & durability of an exterior product can add to that value. This is an area you may want to research on your own. 


Product Maintenance

MAINTENANCE to Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

Another key factor to consider is the product maintenance. If you’re looking for low-maintenance— vinyl or composite siding may be your best option. They are easy to clean and require minimal care after installation. Wood tends to be higher maintenance and require more care with exposure to the elements. Neither option is technically better than the other. It simply comes down to personal preference and what you feel is the best option for your lifestyle.



STYLE to Consider When Selecting Your Exterior Materials

Last but not least is style! There are many colours and profiles to choose from that can create your desired look. If you can’t envision what you want your exterior to look like, try and find inspirational photos that draw your eye. It will give you a great starting point for colour and profile ideas. Don’t be afraid to mix different types of products, colours, and profiles; this will create dimension and add some visual interest to your home’s exterior.


If you’d like to find more information about the different types of exterior material products we typically work with you can check out these suppliers below:




James Hardie


Maibec CanExel 

Eden Valders

Creative Mines

If you haven’t signed up for our email series yet, make sure to do so below.
These emails will take you through a step-by-step guide of the building process, so you can be fully informed and prepared for your upcoming build.

Related Articles

Our Design Process: Initial Design to Final Contract

Our Design Process: Initial Design to Final Contract

Designing your dream home or cottage is an exciting yet intricate process that requires careful planning and collaboration. We understand the importance of each step in bringing your vision to life and have carefully crafted our design process to involve you in every...

5 Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2024

5 Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2024

 Images by New Copper Photography As we kick off the new year, we find the industry is at an intersection of timeless elegance and contemporary innovation regarding interior design. Design trends are the ever-evolving expressions of style that captivate our...

Elevate Your Powder Room in 3 Simple Steps

Elevate Your Powder Room in 3 Simple Steps

The often-overlooked powder room is a small yet impactful space where you can make a bold design statement. It offers a great opportunity to showcase your personality through simple details. Let's explore three key elements that can transform this compact space into a...

Message Us

Get In Touch Below. Ask Any Question or Set Up a Free Consultation


Office Location

904 Redonda Street,  Sunnyside, MB 


(204) 654-9888


josh @pinecreek.ca

A proud member of these associations