External Cladding - More Than Just Aesthetics
Selecting the cladding for your home has far more considerations than simply aesthetics. With the endless and always evolving styles, systems and materials, choosing what to clad your home in is serious business.
Of course, we all want our homes to look wonderful, however, what works for one home does not mean that it will work the same way for another.
Giving special attention before you invest lots of money can potentially save some unwanted future headaches.
Points to consider when making your selection:
- Local climate, each cladding system whether it be bricks, F/C sheeting, or custom orb to name only a few, all have different thermal performances. A 9mm cement sheet holds a far more superior thermal mass than sheet metal custom orb, therefore in making your choice you will need to consider increasing the wall insulation for the sheet metal, so the overall system complies with what level is required in your local area. Some claddings have built-in insulating and acoustic systems and therefore do not require additional forms of insulation. Cladding forms a part of the overall thermal and insulating system and should not be overlooked.
- Geographic conditions, are you in a high wind zone? If so, then cladding spans will change to comply which will limit your overall choices with some materials.
- Climatic conditions, ocean spray, and salt air can cause long-term damage, and incorrect materials, and/or incorrect installation will cost thousands to repair. Get it right first up to enjoy the longevity of your cladding. There are many specialised options and systems available to give a long and healthy life with your cladding.
- Bushfire zones, cladding options, and installation vary greatly depending upon the fire level. Always check that your cladding complies BEFORE you pay someone to install it.
- Installation, this can be very overlooked, especially by owner builders. Do your homework and weigh up the pros and cons, especially when it comes to new products and systems. Sometimes they require a specialist or specialised tools to install, always check. There are many simple options available that can usually give you the look you require.
- Cost, for example, cladding a home in a F/C sheeting is very cheap until you discover that it requires special sealants and joining compounds and painting, whereas sheet metal custom orb might cost a bit more upfront, it can be installed very fast in long lengths and requires no painting so overall is more cost-effective than F/C sheeting.
- Aesthetics, is very important. Remember that a single cladding is not a must and feature walls, or gable ends can make an enormous impact on your home's final look. Donâ€™t be afraid to mix it up a little and think out of the box, it could mean the difference between an ordinary faÃ§ade to an extraordinary faÃ§ade.
For any advice, queries, or further information surrounding the wide world of cladding options available, please just ask, we are here to give knowledge.