Everything You Need To Know About Cladding

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Cladding (or siding) can be found on commercial buildings and houses. Cladding involves applying insulating materials to the exterior of a building that protect the underlying structure from the elements (wind and moisture). Siding is also installed on buildings or homes purely for the visual effect it has.

How do you install cladding?
When installing cladding, it is vital that the surface is properly prepared and that you use the correct materials. The first step is to always prepare the wall. This would include removing nails and filling all holes and ensuring the surface is smooth.

Once this step is complete, you can move onto the different types of cladding that are available for use: stone, brick, wood, PVC and metal

You Need To Know About Cladding

Number One – Stone Cladding
This type of cladding would be classified as masonry veneer. The main drawback to this method of siding is expense, with the advantages being longevity, minimal maintenance and durability. Types of stone commonly used to clad walls include:  granite, marble, slate and sandstone.

Number Two – Brick Cladding
This method of cladding is often used for aesthetic purposes on fireplaces and outdoor areas. It involves bonding brick slips (thinner versions of full bricks) to an exterior surface using an adhesive. Some cladding manufacturers offer panels or tiles that interlock and can be installed faster than
individual brick slips.

Number Three – Wood Cladding
The two most popular types of wood cladding are cedar and pine. Wood cladding is generally more expensive and requires continuous maintenance. Furthermore, wood siding needs to be treated, on an annual basis, to prevent rotting and termite infestations.

Number Four – Vinyl Cladding (PVC)
Vinyl cladding is one of the more popular methods of cladding, because it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to wood and requires far less maintenance. One of the main reasons that people opted for wood over PVC was for the artistic appeal, but this has changed because most PVC panels are now designed to mimic the look of timber.

Number Five – Metal Cladding
This method of cladding involves using aluminium or steel panels. The obvious advantage of aluminium over steel is that it is corrosion resistance. Aluminium siding will be more expensive than steel will but will be a more suitable option for homes that are in close proximity to the sea. Cladding for commercial use and larger buildings sometimes make use of composite cladding panels, which are a hybrid of aluminium and thermoplastic for the best of both worlds.

In conclusion, these are the five different types of cladding. Each type of siding has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. However, you need to decide which style suits your home or office best. Ensure that you prepare the surface properly before installing the cladding, as this will help prevent the siding from coming loose.

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