Another way to save on both installation and maintenance costs while achieving an expensive-looking wall exterior is to use simulated brick or stone siding materials. These materials are available in kits or in panels, making them perfect for the do-it-yourselfer. Designs range from simulated brick in several colors to simulations of several kinds of stone. The materials are thin (1 to 2 inches thick) and backed with insulating materials. The panels and kits are less costly than real brick or stone, they are faster and easier to install, reducing labor costs, and they provide additional insulation value. The insulation value may also reduce noise.

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