Cladding is applied on the exterior to make the buildings not only look modern and attractive but it also has another main advantage; protection. It is an imperative for a building structure and is applied on the walls after the layer of insulation. This way moisture, bad weather, fungus or algae growth, dust or other harmful elements are not able to have any impact on the building; domestic or commercial. The building not only has durability and longevity guaranteed by them but also the aesthetic appeals of the building are worth looking at because of cladding.
Claddings were usually, when they were introduced, made in a standard way and there was no uniqueness or differentiation for those who wanted them in their houses or commercial office buildings. They all looked the same. But now there are many types of cladding introduced and are being added as they are used more by the buyers. If you want to add them to your exterior, you must know every detail of house cladding UK and we have thus collected all the data and processed it into the information which can prove to be very beneficial and helpful to you.
All the types of cladding you should know about
Apart from all the benefits that house cladding UK provides us, they have some other hidden advantages to offer us. The professionals who install them in your place also offer to clean them making them shine like new, they can be replaced and maintained easily which means you can save a lot of costs if you install them. External cladding panels can go on for years without any stern damage, but if any damage occurs, the company from where you bought them will offer repairing services also. Cladding installation is not like constructing a building from scratch which takes months, they can be done in just 24-48 hours depending upon the skills of the experts you hired. Let’s start from:
Timber Wood Cladding
One of the most sought-after types of house cladding is the timber wood cladding because of the luxurious and retro era vibes it gives. They are crafted into polished planks and then installed in a specified pattern to give the exterior an antique look. They are easy to decorate as some people add flower pots in between the seams of the wood cladding to make it appear photoshoot worthy and appealing to visitors at the same time. They are also provided according to the custom choices of the customers. The wood is natural and is chosen by experts if you have a reputable cladding company installing them for you. One of which is Cleaning Cladding, which we personally recommend on the basis of our experience. The patterns of timber cladding can be changed into blocks, grains, cubes and in shelves etc. They make the exterior unique and noticeable among all others.
Wood can be recycled and renewed. It has the ability to keep your house warm in winters because it traps in heat more easily than other materials and thus when you don’t use artificial heating machines in your home, your carbon imprint on the environment will be reduced. Thus, making it a favourable choice for green enthusiasts.
Cladding of Stones
Stone, among the other types of cladding, comes in two forms. There’s this luxurious exterior with a magnificent look which is quite expensive. Though it looks classy, it can only be afforded by those who earn a lot. Usually, it can be seen in houses in the suburbs. So, to cope up with the expenses, there is an alternative form of stone cladding; simulated stone cladding. They give almost exactly the same look but are quite affordable and are durable also, so the cost-saving is still the same on both the kinds.
Stones are actually non-permeable to water or other liquids and thus protection with them is 100%. The water or rain just slides down them without damaging them at all and even the moisture does not allow the stone to rust or damage. Thus, no algae, no dust and easy cleaning. However, a little dust if sticks into the corners or seams can be removed through pressure wash and for that you can call for the cleaning services.
Plastic Vinyl Cladding
When you look up for types of house cladding which are cheap, affordable, versatile and low maintenance, vinyl cladding comes up on the top. They are mostly used in houses and buildings of new-school, contemporary and smart-looking buildings. The attractive thing about this cladding is that you can get any shade you love whether it’s sky, matcha or shades of sunset. They come in all of them and they are easy to install also as compared to wood and stones. The one quality which makes them stand out is that they are temperature controllers as they allow another insulating sheet to be adjusted in them. They keep the building warm in cold nights of winters and cool in the hot breezes of summer.
They are not heavy, easy to be changed into any shape the buyer wants and can be replicated to look like any other material with the same colours. Thus, people really put the dibs on this cladding type. Also, a smart supplier will always make sure he knows your choice before he installs one of them in your building rather than blindly putting in what’s available to him.
Weatherboard Wood Cladding
Though thought to be original timber wood, it is not. This is more of a look-alike with many other important and useful properties. It is designed specially so it looks exactly like pure hardwood. Other than timber, there are also other types of wood which this type can replicate exactly. Using external cladding panels of this type can be very advantageous because they can adjust with any type or colour of the house or building theme because painting them in the same shade is very easy. Thus, those who like experimenting, have a weatherboard as their favourite cladding. They also offer the same conformity and durability.
However, the thing which might not attract you much is that they are a bit high maintenance and thus cleaning them will require you to have specific equipment and cleaning agents. But if you have a certified cleaner in your contacts, you might be at an advantage. Apart from cleaning, another thing which might upset those who have this cladding installed is that they can be affected by moisture and thus can decay. Cladding is supposed to be protecting and not the one which requires protection for them. So, for those who can afford more, usually drop this type off the list.
Glass, in comparison to other types of cladding, is quite known and widely experimented with around the world. The quality which makes glass unique is it is transparent and can be turned into translucent and then opaque while still remaining glass. This property is not offered by the rest of the cladding types. It looks like new-school moderns and is very adaptable for any type of building structure.
Glass can be converted easily into tubes, blocks, bricks, sheets and any shape required to give a beautiful display and the finishing quality is always better than the rest. They can be complemented with neon lights, warm lights and classy white lights to enhance the cladding look. The great property of glass is that it does not lose colour and is totally antimicrobial because cleaning glass is super easy. You don’t even need to call a professional to do it. It can be cleaned by a cotton fabric and a glass cleaner at home once every six months. Which means that when it comes to saving money, it is the ulterior choice. Also, moisture is just a friend to it and thus they both have a symbiotic relationship rather than having a harmful one.
High-class business offices and buildings use glass, especially the skyscrapers because it is capable of letting sunlight pass through. Thus, it conserves energy also and gives vitamin D to the employees while working, having a positive impact on their productivity and keeping them active.
Classic British brick cladding
This is the classic old British style cladding but with a tinge of modernity. Instead of an all-red shade, they are turned into various other shades to match with the buildings’ theme colour. However, the pattern recommended for them is just like the old-school one. Though it’s not obligatory but we recommend you use the old and new infusion for the house cladding UK.
The bricks do not crack that easily and are also quite safe when it comes to protection. They are also good insulators against heat and thus keep you cool in hot summers and provide you with warmth in winters.
Cement is usually used in the internal part of the buildings during their construction, often mixed with other items to make the concrete strengthened but what many people don’t notice is that it is equally useful when it comes to exteriors. This cladding is unique because the ingredients of it other than cement comes from the extracts of plants to form a composite cladding which is purely organic in nature.
They do not catch fire, are resistant to extreme rainy weather and floods and are also not heavy in weight. Thus, providing a light texture to the exterior. Also, moisture has no adverse effect on fibre cement cladding and thus in the recent past they have been one of the top choices of the customers.
This type usually stays behind the limelight and is not directly asked for when anyone wants cladding for their house. It is because it does not look so elegant or classy to attract the visitors and catch the attention of others. But the quality which makes it the choice of business or commercial buildings is its durability. Aluminium, tin, copper, stainless steel etc. all are used for making cladding exteriors and all have their benefits which cannot be denied. Such as, they do not catch fire. In any event of a fire hazard, they do not burn and thus provide protection to the inhabitants. Another great quality of this cladding is it can be reused after recycling once it gets old. So, you don’t have to dump it, rather you can sell it and get a good price for it also.
Also known as foam cladding, is a collaboration of foam and glass for a safe, insulating and strong cladding with a greater life span than others. This amalgamation of two different materials makes it resistant to shock, heat and cold also. They are thicker than the rest of the cladding and have the ability to lower or increase the temperature of the room, house building according to the need. The characteristic of them being available in all the sizes makes them an attractive choice for customers. Using them saves the expense also because they stay for long and do not require to be cleaned time and again, given that they have glass in them. They easily and efficiently enhance the exterior look of any building and give a welcoming aesthetic appeal to the visitors. Also, painting them into favourite colours is very easy.
Every exterior choice is perfect!
After going through different types of house cladding, you may form your opinion on what to select for you and may also consider some types which were alien to you before. We would definitely say that whatever you choose, choose according to your own taste and style. Your house must look appealing to you first rather than to others and every choice is unique and bears its own benefits and qualities. If you want suggestions or advice, Cladding Cleaning has a team who has the expertise of helping people choose the best type according to their building and house themes and will also find you the one of the highest qualities.