When selecting materials and technologies for facade finishing in 2024, it is necessary to consider a complex set of factors. Of course, the budget is paramount, but it is also important to take into account the facade’s resistance to loads and external factors, appearance, ease of maintenance, and so on. In essence, there are no revolutionary changes expected here — trends and tendencies that have been relevant in previous years will continue and become more pronounced.
Predicting which materials will be more frequently chosen for facade finishing in 2024 is a challenging task. The market is quite dynamic, with the emergence of new players and fluctuations in raw material prices (primarily polymer-coated metal and high-quality facade glass) making their mark. However, experts in this field note several important trends:
Private houses, primarily due to their small facade areas, can be finished with practically any materials in the coming year. However, it is worth paying attention to more modern solutions: yes, they may be more expensive, but the investment will pay off due to the longer service life of the facade finishing, as well as savings on heating/air conditioning.
The “wet” technology (insulation with polystyrene/mineral wool boards under plaster) has firmly established itself in the economy segment. Yes, it is still being used, and quite often — but this is precisely the option chosen due to a lack of funds. If finances allow, the choice is made in favor of a ventilated facade. And as cladding, the following are used:
When it comes to finishing the facades of multi-apartment buildings, as we’ve emphasized before, the priority becomes cost minimization. This also applies to many public buildings, especially in the budget sector: if the choice is between no reconstruction and plaster finishing with insulation, the latter option will be chosen.
But even in this sphere, the vector for 2023 and 2024 is clear:
Industrial facilities (manufacturing premises, warehouses, workshops, etc.) in 2024 (if we trust the forecasts of the construction market experts) will continue to undergo active reconstruction. In this regard, particular attention will be paid to facades — the expenses for their decoration can be quite significant, but they should be viewed as a capital investment. There are no major innovations planned for this segment in 2024 — except perhaps a noticeable increase in the popularity of Cor-ten coating.
On the other hand, the commercial sector is a different story. This is because it includes a wide variety of buildings, ranging from office and shopping centers to parking lots, cafes, and restaurants. The most relevant solutions for this industry will be:
2024 is unlikely to be a landmark year for the development of the facade industry — rather, it can be seen as the development and deepening of already established trends. Nevertheless, the main recommendation from market experts will be the gradual abandonment of outdated technologies in favor of new materials. Yes, expenses for facade finishing may increase (though not always significantly) — but the lifespan of the building will increase. And there’s no need to talk about the design advantages of such facades — glass, clad with metal cassettes or louvered panels!