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External Wall Cladding Essentials: Basics You Should Know

Okay.. since we are always talk about home improvement, let’s talk about wall cladding. We’ve recently had minor home improvement project involving this a while ago. So, by simple definition, external cladding is the protective, insulated or fixed material that is used to strengthen the walls of a structure.


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As many home and building owners know, protecting a structure is always a top priority these days, especially with the unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving weather changes we all encounter from time to time. External cladding not only helps beautify your place; it can also be utilized to help avoid any damages.

The insulating materials used for cladding differs from one another. Typically, brick cladding has been proven to be very effective when it comes to absorbing rainwater. On top of that, water also dries out quickly, which means you won’t have any worries even during the rainy season. For extra insulation, you may also consider treating the joints between the cladding with the right sealant.

Now you will need to understand that there are different cladding types. Some of the most common materials used for cladding are brick, concrete, metal, stone, and wood. Stone can look particularly attractive in the workplace, while metal is most preferred by many because of its durability. You will find nothing sturdier than what metal can offer.


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Of course, this doesn’t automatically mean that cladding is the only solution you will ever need for your wall. In fact, it is a requirement to replace your cladding after several years.

As earlier stated, there are different types of cladding. Wood seems to be the most economical to purchase, with spruce Scots pine and red cedar being some of the most effective options. Wood is also naturally attractive and is highly resistant to both moisture and wind.

Vinyl is also a popular siding alternative. This type of cladding is made of PVC panels, and they have been well-received in the market. They are often colorful and are also very sturdy.

Slightly more expensive than the other types, stone cladding is also a clear favorite. Granite, limestone, and marble make excellent cladding materials as well.

Finally, the most durable among all of them is metal. This stands ready to endure temperature changes, extreme rain, or even fire. The time spent doing maintenance work could also be greatly minimized if you use metal.

For more info on external wall cladding, your best bet is the internet. You’ll find useful websites there where materials can be readily purchased. On top of that, you will be able to access wall cladding installation tips as you browse the web.

So… are you or have you done some external cladding projects lately? Do share below!



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