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How to spruce up your house

If you have built your house using thermally insulating bricks or stones, your exterior walls will either need a final coat of plaster with or without paint, or you can follow the current trend and decide on façade cladding. This not only protects against the weather, but also provides your house with a completely new “face”. Artificial stone, slate, fibre cement panels, wood or plastic? Individual stones, facing bricks or panels? Each material and method of processing has its own special advantages.

The charm of the unique: natural stone facings

Using facing bricks made of natural pumice-lightweight concrete, you can make a statement for sustainable architecture. The stones are solid and fully mineral in structure, made of natural “ingredients” and therefore ecological. Due to their low weight, they are ideal for use on façades. Tradesman’s skill and a lot of experience can transform natural pumice stones into true originals which will protect, spruce up and increase the value of any house.

Simply cut to size and adhere

Natural pumice facing bricks are adhered using a special adhesive mortar onto clean, dry and dust-free subsurfaces which have been treated with deep primer. Special corner stones permit the formation of harmonious façade images. All facing bricks can easily be cut to size using a diamond saw blade (wet cutting machine, angle grinder).

Sand-lime bricks – for light and bright façades

Modern limestone facing stones or bricks are available with smooth, chamfered, roughened or embossed surfaces, and look highly attractive on façades. Produced from natural raw materials such as pure quartz sand, white lime and clear water, these façade elements convince building owners through their high biological construction value. Impregnation protects the stones against dirt and moisture, so that they will retain their light colour for years to come.

New: plastic on facades – the indestructible alternative

Increasing interest is being shown in high-quality façades and cladding profiles made of plastic. Such profiles were once mainly used to protect areas which were difficult to access from wind and weather, but are used today to emphasise the architectural features of a house. This indestructible material is available in very different widths, thicknesses and decors as well as in numerous UV and weatherproof surface and colour designs. Even highly realistic-looking wood structures are possible, thus relieving home owners of the necessity for expensive painting operations at regular intervals!

Wood: The façade for those in love with colour

No more dull colour monotony on your façade. Above all new home owners with young families are fans of dream houses in wood and in colour. There are many different profile types and standard colours available, which can be varied to create more than 1,000 intermediate colour shades. The environment, too, is happy to see wood on a façade. If you install an additional insulation layer, the energy saving performance of the interior rooms will also improve.

Beauty made from sustainable forest management

The woods for modern façade profiles usually come from sustainably managed forests. Nordic spruce, native silver fir and Douglas fir, Siberian larch, thermal softwood or Western Red Cedar are particularly suitable for the purpose. The right substructure guarantees the optimum construction. Some manufacturers will include the appropriate assembly accessories in their delivery on request.

Trend: wood meets concrete, meets aluminium, meets glass ...

You can achieve particularly clear lines using horizontally-laid diamond profiles in the tongue and groove system. As in other fields of architecture, the trend is moving towards façade designs in a mix of materials. In combination with concrete masonry, the material aluminium or dominating glass surfaces, wooden facades underline the modern vitality of a building.

Silver-grey: the new elegance

Wood protection oil stains refine façade surfaces and emphasises the naturalness and vitality of expressive colours and grains. At the same time, wood glazes help to prevent mould, algae and fungal infestation. Currently in fashion are special grey glazes with which a sophisticated patina can be created similar to the surface of traditional alpine huts or old boat landing stages. Today’s effect wood glazes are tailored to the requirements of modern architecture, and customers are delighted by their differing silver colour shades.