Benefits of Cladding? 17 May 2019

Benefits of Cladding?

It may not always be visible from a distance, but the vast majority of commercial buildings contain cladding in one form or another. Cladding is done by placing a material – which could be anything from brick, stone, cement or wood – over the original structure.

This is a process that has been used in construction for decades and provides a wide selection of benefits for the building. Adding cladding to the exterior of the building makes all the difference to the finished structure. it looks pleasing to the eye; cladding will also add monetary value to the property.

There is a multitude of cladding options available, not only in terms of colour but also textures right. brick cladding can be anything from vintage, rustic and Whitestone, while granite wall cladding may have a rough texture or a more polished surface.

Low levels of maintenance

One of the primary reasons cladding is chosen over painting in many instances is due to the low amount of maintenance required. painted surfaces need more cleaning and repairing, cladded walls only need a wash down to keep them in tip top condition.

Protection and safeguarding of the structure

When you install cladding onto the exterior of a building you are also adding an extra layer of protection to the material underneath.

Moisture from and rain and snow will also be prevented from getting into the structure of the building thanks to the presence of cladding.

Increased internal insulation

Depending on the thickness of the cladding being used, it will also offer higher levels of insulation within the building. This is not only in terms of heat but also external noise, which is particularly useful if the building is situated in a built-up, urban area. During the winter months, the extra skin on the building makes it easier to regulate temperatures and will ultimately lead to lower energy bills for the occupants.

Ecology and sustainability

Every part of a building’s construction has to take the wider environment into consideration in today’s world. The materials used should be sustainable and the environmental impact of the structure has to meet certain regulations in order to be deemed fit for purpose. Cladding helps in this regard, helping to minimise the level of carbon dioxide emissions leaving the building. These will be emitted via the heating system and also plays into the overall improvement of the insulation of the building.

Added financial value

The extra insulation can lead to better temperature regulation inside and lower energy expenditure on an annual basis. With lower levels of maintenance required, this also means less money will need to be spent on expensive repairs which can take some time to complete.

Cladding also improves the mechanical strength of any building, adding to the overall durability of the structure. This helps to save money on repairs in other areas of the building.

A great way to safeguard and protect

So why use cladding in a building project? The main reason to choose cladding is because it adds a protective layer to a building. Cladding actually increases any building's mechanical strength while providing protection from a variety of elements. Buildings with cladding are more resistant to cracks caused by temperature or climate change, water absorption, sunlight and pollution of all kinds

A low maintenance option

Another advantage of using cladding is that it results in low maintenance of buildings. Cladding requires very little cleaning or repair compared to a painted surface. Indeed, to keep it looking clean and fresh, most cladding needs nothing more than a regular wash.

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