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Nationwide, current trends indicate a continued rise in the popularity of combining mixed materials on a home’s exterior, especially on the front exposure of the home.
Consider these statistics, as reported by Builder magazine:
In addition to the above statistics, architects, realtors and builders all report that today’s buyers want homes that are low- (or preferably no-) maintenance. Couple this with the fact that sustainable materials are a growing exterior design trend – which also dovetails with the “natural” trend – and it’s no wonder why stone and brick are becoming “must haves” in current new construction.
With that in mind, below are advantages for integrating various Echelon Masonry products as a design option for mixed-material walls in residential construction, depending upon the project goals.
GOAL: Reduce costs by eliminating the need for footings.
For those looking to combine masonry with stucco or siding, one of the project goals may be to reduce costs by using materials that do not require additional footings or a brick ledge. In these instances, Echelon offers several products that offer the aesthetic look of brick or stone without the additional weight.
GOAL: Provide the structural strength for a mixed masonry wall.
A rising trend in many areas of the country is that homeowners are gravitating to the look of brick and stone combined together. If brick and stone are layered on the same wall, the base layer requires the structural strength to hold the weight of the top layer. In these instances, the following Echelon products are recommended.
GOAL: Increase construction efficiencies.
Increasing the bottom line is always a top priority for any business. There are a number of ways to reduce labor costs and material waste, as well as boost construction speed.
GOAL: Increase energy efficiency.
A number of factors continue to drive the “green” trends in residential construction, including increasingly stringent building codes, the push for LEED® certified construction, and the rise in energy-conscious home buyers. When looking to boost the energy efficiency of masonry construction, Echelon offers the following systems:
GOAL: Improve the masonry wall’s overall performance capabilities.
When the goal is to improve a wall’s performance, the EnduraMax™ High Performance Wall System is uniquely qualified do so in a number of areas. Able to be paired with a variety of Echelon Masonry brick and stone masonry products, EnduraMax: