Exterior materials - HardiePlank, Cedar shakes, Stone and Brick
My builder is using a combination of materials on the exterior.
A. HardiePlank on the sides after the brick, back (above the deck),
B. Brick (front, back below the deck and the sides ground up followed by the Hardie plank.
C. Cedar shakes on the front
D. Stone on the front.
I have included some shots of a similar house that the builder built. Questions are the following:
1. What is the longevity of cedar shakes, is painting or staining better?
2. Thoughts on Hardiplank?
3. We can remove the brick on the sides and back (below the deck) and save $6k, and use HardiPlank instead. Thoughts?
Thanks so much