List of Exterior Wall Materials Used In Building

Types of Materials that Can Be Used for Wall Construction

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 and there are many options that will protect you from fire, heat, snow and that can save some money to you. Browse through all of these articles which include advantages, tips, benefits and cost saving solutions for materials used in building construction.

Walls on Wildfire Zones


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.

Gypsum Area Separation Walls

Fire rated separation walls assembly
Fire-rated separation walls assembly. USG

Gypsum separation walls provide a 2-hour fire protection and also serve as noise reduction between neighboring units. These walls can be used on constructions up to four stories in height and are compatible with standard floor to ceiling heights. More

Insulated Vinyl Siding

vinyl siding
Vinyl siding. J. Rodriguez

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

Tilt-Up Walls

Tilt-up walls
Tilt-up walls.

Tilt-Up wall construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.The methodology enables you to have these walls constructed elsewhere or on site, and then have them transported to the project, reducing labor conflicts and logistics in the project site. The process is aimed at reducing construction costs, speed the project and reduce labor congestion on site. More

OVE Framing

OVE Wood framing
OVE Wood framing. J. Rodriguez

Builders and contractors are starting to use this technique, which might require special training that can result in a decrease in framing speed until they become familiar with the system. The main idea behind Optimum Value Engineering is to maximize material usage while still meeting stringent code regulations and structural requirements. More

ICF Walls

Insulated concrete forms. Vermont Insulated Concrete Forms

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).  More

House Wrap Installation Tips

House wrap
House wrap. Samdogs/Flickr

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. More

Common Cladding Alternatives

Wood cladding
Wood cladding. MarkHogan/Flickr

Cladding has become one of the most popular alternatives for renovating the exterior of existing buildings. This solution gives a building a new look, new life and will generate saving in electricity when thermal and insulation issues are addressed. Cladding benefits are greatest when dealing with high story buildings, or buildings confined in a small site, where the demolishing process is almost impossible and not feasible. More

Brick Walls

J. Rodriguez

Brick is one of the most used materials in the 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. More

Insulated Wall Panels

Structural Insulated Panel
Structural Insulated Panel. NDSU Energy

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

Supreme Steel Framing

Steel framing
Steel framing. FSNorthern region/Flickr

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.

Cinder Block Walls

Cinder Block
Photo Courtesy Oregon DOT

Cinder block walls, concrete masonry block walls or whatever term you use, have to be done carefully following simple steps. Tips, information and how to build the wall. More