Do you know that when building your home you can consider covering one building material with another? More like a facelift. That's called cladding. And although not all homeowners consider cladding for their homes, it is important you note that cladding can offer you additional protection and insulation to your home, as well as beautify your home.
The cladding material can either be wood, concrete or metal. Usually, the cladding is attached to the frame of the house and allows water vapour to escape to prevent condensation. However, no two cladding systems are similar, and their effectiveness depends on exposure to weather elements.
Below are characteristics of cladding material that you need consider when choosing cladding systems:
Cladding materials have unique structural profiles with vertical, angled, or horizontal patterns. If well designed, a clever blend of cladding materials can create a beautiful aesthetic appearance to meet any architectural design specifications.
Cladding material is available in an unlimited range of finishes, textures, colours and styles. The ultimate appearance is thus within the limits of environmental conditions, the designer’s imagination and your local council building regulations.
It is important to consider the colour of the cladding material as colour influences the ability to reflect or absorb heat. It is advisable you opt for cladding materials with lighter colours in hot climates and darker colours in cold climates.
Cladding systems offer an opportunity to minimise the impact manufacturing building materials has on the environment. Thanks to the insulation abilities of the cladding material, you can minimise power consumption and lower your energy bills.
Initially, homeowners installed cladding to protect their home from harsh weather elements. Today, cladding still does that, and more, especially, with the many types of cladding in the market today, including wood cladding, solid brick cladding and concrete cladding. So, whatever your choice of cladding, ensure it is suitable for your location. You may also consult building experts on the best cladding for you and the limits of using particular cladding in your home.