Exterior wall cladding can have many benefits and has the purpose to cover the outside of a building with a different material. Whether it is on the roof or the walls, there can be several types of cladding for you to choose from. This is why it’s good to get clued up on some of the types available so you can find the best one to suit your needs.
The type of material you choose can make a great difference to the benefits you get. The popularity of materials come and go so it’s good to keep up to date with what is most effective. For example, plaster cladding lost its credibility when several homes had leakage problems in New Zealand. There’s always new materials and types of cladding coming out though, so you’ll always have plenty of choice.
Types of external wall cladding you can get:
- Brick veneer – this exterior cladding is a more traditional material as it blends in well with buildings plus it is highly durable. It has become known as the reliable choice as even though it’s pricey, it requires little effort to maintain. So if you are looking for something long-lasting, brick veneer can be the one for you.
- Weatherboarding – this type of cladding is man-made and can be laid both horizontally and vertically. This is the cheapest option and does not need as much maintenance as timber cladding.
- Timber – a highly adaptable material made to weather any storm that comes. The material is highly durable and you can paint or stain it to suit your taste. The only thing is, you then have to repaint regularly to keep it looking presentable.
- Stone cladding – as manufacturers continue to experiment, stone is becoming more affordable and economical for customers. The great thing about stone is that there’s a huge selection of types you can get. If it’s within your budget, you can get something quite unique such as volcanic stone. You can also get faux stones which tend to have lower prices and look exactly like the real thing.
Concrete and metals are also popular exterior cladding materials that may fit into your budget and requirements. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each type before investing is important to selecting the right one for you.
Now that we have discussed the various types of cladding you can get, let’s look at some of the benefits they can bring:
- Keeping unwanted noise at bay – cladding is an excellent noise controller. Depending on the materials you layer, it’s an effective way of absorbing sound waves and keeping your home peaceful.
- Provides ventilation – cladding also controls the heat of your home. It acts as a shield that keeps solar radiation from being absorbed. Due to the gap of air between the cladding and the wall, you’ll get continual ventilation.
- Protects your home – there are plenty of damaging environmental elements out there. These are protected by the cladding you lay outside your home. Some of these damaging elements may include harmful UV rays, noisy winds, and torrential rain. All of which can cause much harm to your home on the inside and out. So having an extra protective layer helps keep you protected.
- Keeps moisture out – due to the smart air ventilation system cladding has, the walls have room to breathe and excess moisture gets carried out of the building.
- Plenty of room for personalisation – There’s a range of cladding materials on the market so there is no end to how creative you can get. Choose from a range of attractive designs that may just become the talking point in your neighbourhood. Cladding isn’t only great to protect your home and provide the above benefits but it can also be aesthetically pleasing. Some manufacturers use different technology to create special lighting or wood effects that may suit your taste.
- Great if you live near the coast – exposure to salt-water over time can cause wear and tear on your homes exterior. External cladding can therefore protect your walls from becoming damaged.
Now you can see some of the benefits to investing in cladding, you may be tempted to shop for a material to suit your needs. It can really protect your home plus add to its visual beauty, making cladding well worth the money.