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List of Exterior Wall Materials

Exterior Wall Alternatives


Exterior walls can be finished with a wide array of materials and techniques. Exterior wall finishes can produce significant savings for the contractor as well as for the building occupant. There are multiple alternatives for you to choose from, depending on the type of construction and special needs required in that project.

1. Walls on Wildfire Zones

House Fire Rages In Newtown
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When an exterior wall ignites the fire can spread to the roof, windows, doors and other building components resulting in substantial damage or total loss of the structure. The resistance of exterior walls to burning and decay is directly related to the material used and the amount of fire ignition components in the surrounding areas.

2. Gypsum Area Separation Walls

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By Sailorbill

Gypsum area separation walls are lightweight, non-load bearing gypsum partition that provides fire-rated capacity typically used between adjacent walls on townhouse construction.

3. Exterior Wood Walls

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By Stockerre

Finishing exterior wood is highly dependent on moisture content, type of wood, surface preparation, application method and finishing system used. It

4. Insulated Vinyl Siding

By DaveF 3138

Insulated vinyl sidings will offer you a good and low-cost alternative that you must consider when planning your next construction project.

5. Tilt-Up Walls

Courtesy of J. Rodriguez

Tilt-Up wall construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. At least 10,000 buildings enclosing more than 650 million square feet are constructed annually.

6. OVE Framing

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Using either the complete Optimum Value Engineering system or applying it by components, the building will be improving its energy efficiency and its overall performance. Builders and Contractors starting to use this technique might require special training that can result in a decrease framing speed.

7. ICF Walls

By Roberrific

Insulated Concrete forms are a new method being used by contractors to qualify for energy credit and other types of ratings. Many home builders are using the most obvious and currently most popular alternative: Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs).

8. House Wrap Installation Tips

By Peg Syverson

House wrap is defined as all synthetic materials replacing sheathing paper. House wraps are a lightweight material and wider than asphalt designs, allowing a faster installation procedure by builders and contractors.

9. Cladding Alternatives

By Matt From London

This solution gives a building a new look, new life and will generate saving on electricity when thermal and insulation issues are attended. Overcladding benefits are greatest when dealing with high story buildings.

10. Brick Walls

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Brick is one of the most used material on construction and housing industry. Working with bricks can be a little tricky and confusing. Some contractors have failed to execute some simple steps and have paid the price with costly reparations after the job has been completed.

11. Insulated Wall Panels

By Ashley Balsam Baz

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) are used in floors, walls, and roofs providing an extremely durable, strong and energy-efficient high performance material. Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) are typically made by a plastic foam rigid insulation between two structural skin surfaces such as oriented strand boards (OSB).

12. Supreme Steel Framing

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Supreme Steel Framing System is a relatively new framing material that presents several benefits when installing drywall. Supreme Steel Framing System recently was tested and found in compliance with 2006 IBC code

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