Wall cladding: The classy cover up
Wall cladding, a covering installed over structural surfaces like walls and roofs, will not only improve the appearance of your home, but also protect it from the harsh outdoor elements. In addition to hiding any imperfections in a structure’s finish, cladding works well as both a thermal and noise insulator and can protect against termites, moisture ingress and even fire.
With a wide range of material options available (each with their own benefits), the following guidelines will help you choose the cladding that best suits the design and aesthetics of your home:
- One of the most flexible options is industrial strength polyurethane. This cladding is produced as a lightweight, hardwearing panel that is an exact replica of brick, slate, wood or rock finishes. Polyurethane cladding is UV resistant and waterproof, plus the lightness of the interlocking panels makes them quick and easy enough for one person to fix onto walls.
- Natural stone cladding is an attractive and highly durable option. Cladding from natural stone is obtainable in a variety of finishes, such as chiselled, rounded, traditional rock, rugged or bulky large stone. These finishing options allow the home improver to enhance the style of their home from basic cottage and historical traditional to modern contemporary. The range of stone available is vast, with options such as travertine, marble, sandstone, quartzite, slate and mosaic to name but a few.
- Metal cladding can add a modern look to a home and is extremely strong and durable – lasting for years with very little maintenance. Aluminium is the most commonly used metal, since it is rust and corrosion resistant and can withstand storms and harsh weather conditions very well. This hardy material is also impervious to rot, termites and most kinds of damage.
Cladding your home’s exterior will imbue it with a touch of class!