What Are The Different Types Of Cladding?
Cladding acts as a protective barrier around the outside of a building to help regulate the interior atmosphere, preventing external elements from affecting the main structure while creating a pleasing aesthetic appeal. The installation of cladding can be completed quickly by professional fitters, depending on the complexity and size of the job at hand.
There is very little maintenance required for cladding which makes it an extremely cost-effective option for both homeowners and commercial building properties. There are a number of different cladding materials to choose from and we have put together a list of some of the most common types to help you understand the materials, cost implications and options available to you.
Types of Cladding
Stone cladding: Installing a faux stone aesthetic helps to create a classic, old-style feel to the architecture. It is particularly popular in the Mediterranean and the cladding is extremely low maintenance and very easy to install. These usually comprise of thin layers of either natural or simulated stone, creating a homely, traditional look for the property.
Wood cladding: Timber cladding provides the option to be used both inside and outside of the building. Wood creates a warmer texture to the structure and it has a natural resistance to rot and mould, helping to protect the building in the long term. There are three main types of wood cladding available: horizontal boards, panels and shingles. It is also recommended as one of the more environmentally friendly options.
Fibre cement cladding: Made from a mixture of cement, sand, fillers and cellulose, fibre cement cladding is easy to install and provides high levels of protection from the elements. HardiePlank cladding illustrates that perfectly, looking and feeling like natural timber while requiring next-to-no maintenance. There are also up to 21 colour palettes to choose from.
Brick cladding: Similar to stone cladding this creates a traditional exterior style. The porous nature of the material allows it to absorb rainfall to protect the underlying structure before drying out. Brick cladding acts as a strong insulator and does not require much upkeep once in place. This is seen as a lightweight option and colour varieties allow for a greater scope of visual creativity.
uPVC cladding: A cost-effective choice that comes in a wide range of colours, allowing uPVC cladding to be used on almost any type of building. This removes the need for painting after installation and as a low maintenance option they require far fewer repairs or cleaning on a regular basis. Due to the manufacturing of the material, this is another recommended eco-friendly choice for cladding.
Metal cladding: Metal cladding is a popular choice for commercial buildings in city centres not only because of the style it creates but due to its durability. This type of cladding forms a modern and imposing style that helps the building to stand out and present an immediate image of the companies located inside.
Tile cladding: Mostly associated with the interior of a building, tile cladding can also be used on the outside. The various colour options enable buyers to create a one-colour look or a combination of tones and their insulation properties are of a great benefit during the winter months.
Glass cladding: Glass cladding is typically used on business orientated structures or for art-based buildings. Glass can be moulded into a variety of different shapes which allows it to create unique designs, similar to the Gherkin in London. It’s a modern style that never goes out of shape.
Which type of cladding is right for you?
There are a number of different variants to take into consideration when purchasing cladding for a building. Not only are there cost considerations to take into account, but also what the building will be used for, the shape and size, the surrounding environment, the number of occupants and the overall aesthetic style you want to create.
The pros and cons of each one have to be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Not every type of cladding will be suitable for a particular type of building. These will vary between how the cladding will affect the construction of the building and the specific design of the cladding material itself.
How much does it cost to buy cladding panels?
To give you a rough estimation of how much it will potentially cost to purchase cladding, we have put a short list together. Choosing the cheapest option may not be the best decision because as mentioned above, there are a number of key considerations to include. Please note that the prices below do not include labour costs.
|Fibre Cement Cladding||m²||From £30|
|Hardwood timber||m²||From £40|
|Stone cladding||m²||From £60|
|Metal cladding||m²||From £35|
|Brick cladding||m²||From £25|
|Tile cladding||m²||From £45|