Cladding is a layer that is adhered to the outer surface of a home. The purpose of external cladding is to provide protection from harsh weather conditions that would otherwise wear out the outer surface of the building and cause moisture to reach the inner structural elements. Cladding also adds aesthetic appeal to the property and also plays a part in the value of the property once it's construction is complete.
There are different types of cladding including those that are environmentally friendly and recyclable. Some types need more maintenance than others whilst others last for years without requiring any repairs.
Choosing the best cladding material
The main aim of cladding is to prevent any water from penetrating the house elements and causing damage. Moreover, the cladding should also enhance the overall look of the property and make it seem appealing. Other key roles of cladding include providing insulation against heat, cold and sound, being resistant to fire and remaining clean in areas that may be more polluted.
Common materials used for cladding:
Timber has a wonderful visual appeal and is also breathable and waterproof. It is also a great environmentally friendly option as timber is recyclable. A downside is that timber does require regular maintenance as it is subject to deterioration. Moreover, it should not be used in areas affected by bushfires, so it is important to keep this in mind.
The main advantage of using steel as a cladding material is that it is not only easy to maintain, but it is also highly durable and waterproof. Steel is also an excellent choice for fire-affected regions as it is fire resistant.
Aluminium and Zinc
These are also highly durable and are also easy to maintain. In addition to this aluminium and zinc are also a great choice for high moisture areas such as coastal regions. They, however, do not provide adequate insulation so additional insulation must be added.
In addition to the above, cladding also differs in appearance and is available in many colours and textures. This means that the design and style of the house can be altered using these different finishes. Lighter colours are more reflective whereas darker colours absorb heat.
Choosing cladding should be a detailed process where each aspect of the property is carefully assessed, including protection from the weather and visual appeal. Another key aspect to consider is adhering to Australian building codes and standards in relation to different types of cladding.