Cladding is what we call material that's added to the outside of a building. External cladding often comes in easy to install cladding boards or panels.
Exterior cladding can be used around the entire property directly on the wall, or in certain areas to protect external wall insulation, for example.
Its purpose is to insulate the building, helping it to keep heat in and protect the walls beneath from adverse weather (protecting what those in the trade call the 'outer leaf' of the building). Wall cladding is essentially an additional outer layer of protection for your home between the outer wall and the rest of the world.
They can be attached using a variety of fixing methods depending on the material used, and it could mean it's attached directly to the wall, or timber battens or a steel frame may be used to help keep the wall cladding boards in place.
If you're reading the above and thinking that it sounds awfully similar to rendering, you're right!
Both cladding and rendering do similar jobs, just in different ways. Both will provide an additional layer of thermal insulation, both will protect the solid walls or cavity walls beneath, and both are designed to deal with moisture and rain to prevent damp issues. And that's not to mention the increase in kerb appeal a house gets when exterior cladding or rendering is added.
The difference is how they do it. Rendering is often a cement, sand, and water-based mix (with additional additives) that's applied by a spray gun or trowel to the exterior of your home. Cladding is usually a series of interlocking boards that fit together over your exterior walls to provide similar protection for your home.
Depending on which external cladding material you use, wall cladding can do a lot for your home.
It'll make the place look nicer for starters, but it also insulates, reduces heating bills, protects the natural stone, brick, concrete, timber, or masonry beneath from the weather, and can seriously improve the way your house deals with damp and moisture.
In short, external cladding can change the way your house looks and operates for the better.
But with so many exterior wall cladding ideas out there, it can be difficult deciding which cladding installation to go with. To help, let's look at some cladding options below.
With so many cladding materials and different types of house cladding out there, it can be difficult knowing which external house cladding is best for you and your home.
Below, we'll talk you through some popular cladding material options so you can pick a cladding that's suitable for your home and taste.
Let's start with timber cladding, one of the cladding options that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Installing timber cladding is relatively quick and easy, and it has the benefit of being a wall cladding with a vast range of styles available.
If you want to achieve a rustic, traditional look, or a modern, sleek one, you can easily achieve it with timber cladding.
Hardwood timber or softwood timber can be used in wood cladding, and the shades on offer will vary depending on the type of wood used in the timber cladding.
One of the major benefits of using timber cladding over more modern synthetic materials is that it's a natural product that's much greener for the environment than other materials.
The only major drawback to timber cladding is that because it's natural, it will require a lot of maintenance compared to others. Sanding, staining, painting, and varnishing will need to take place annually to prepare the timber cladding for the year ahead. This could mean an increase in labour costs if you aren't confident doing it yourself.
The beauty about timber cladding is that it looks great used in a variety of different ways - from rainscreen cladding to an entire house covered in external cladding.
This is easily one of the more popular choices, and for good reason!
Moving on to fibre cement cladding now, this is a manmade alternative to timber that can be designed with timber effect versions in mind to create something more natural looking.
Because it's man made though, fibre cement cladding (or cedral cladding as it's otherwise known) only requires minimal maintenance and is more cost effective than some of the top quality versions of timber cladding that are available.
Fibre cement is also best known for being one of the most durable external cladding options out there, and it's this durability and low maintenance that makes it a popular choice for clients.
Of course, fibre cement is manmade, meaning it's not as green as timber, so it's not as sustainable either, but for those looking for a hassle free cladding installation, fibre cement can cut down on cladding cost and cut down the amount of time you have to work on it, too.
Stone cladding is another natural option now, and it's one that's often chosen as an external cladding option in rural areas to show off the natural materials that surround the local area.
This is a great option for those looking for house cladding with a more traditional look, and it performs especially well in adverse weather since the natural stone used is strong and durable and not easily affected by strong rain or winds.
If you're looking to keep house cladding costs down, then stone cladding might not be the best option as it is often one of the more expensive options (although sourcing materials from local tradespeople may result in better discounts since the stone won't need to move as far).
It's important to note that heavy, natural stones may not be suitable for your house if it's more modern, since cavity walls have an inner and an outer wall. The inner wall takes on all the load bearing duties, meaning heavy cladding attached to the outer wall here may not be suitable.
A thorough inspection from a professional like us here at MisterRender will quickly be able to determine if this type of cladding is right for your home, though, or if you need to look for a lightweight alternative.
Speaking of lightweight alternatives, uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) cladding is known for its lightweight properties, and although it's manmade (creating two layers from cellular PVC most often), it again can be used to create timber versions that look natural.
PVC or uPVC cladding is a great option when you want to keep cladding cost down again (compared to high end natural options), but want a durable, fresh looking finish. This type of cladding is often left unchanged, with just the typical black or white colours, and it can really improve the look of a property.
This is virtually maintenance free too, since rain often washes the dirt away, but you may wish to rinse it down now and then if there's visible dirt or dust - the choice is yours.
This cladding installation is quick and easy too, helping save on material and labour costs.
Composite cladding is a mixture of both wood and plastic, so really you get the best of both worlds with this house cladding.
Not only does it look natural (even more so than uPVC/PVC/fibre cement timber finishes), but it also has the benefit of being much less maintenance than wood because of the plastic properties in the composite.
It's easy to care for, and incredibly strong too, helping protect your property effectively for years to come. It's also UV resistant, which natural timber is not, and this means it won't fade over the years either.
The only real drawback is that they don't add a lot of thermal insulation to your home, so this is best used when your cladding is primarily for keeping out moisture or aesthetic purposes, rather than helping your house hold on to its heat.
Shou Sugi Ban is a technique originating from Japan, but increasingly their techniques are being found all over the world.
Here, a natural wood cladding is taken, oil is applied to it to treat it, and then it is burned.
Seems odd, we know, but by burning the natural wood and charring the exterior, the cladding is actually made much stronger and gives it wonderful durability and a unique appearance.
If the cladding is treated right during the burning process, it leaves you with cladding that can easily last for 80 years because of how much more weather resistant it is than traditional timber cladding.
The style may not be to everyone's liking, but there's no denying that the Shou Sugi Ban cladding effect makes sense from a longevity and cladding cost perspective.
Hanging tile or vertical tile cladding isn't actually made up of cladding boards like usual, but by using roof tiles to clad the exterior walls too.
This creates a seamless look, but was more popular in the latter part of the 1900s in the UK, and many have moved on from this style of cladding since.
However, there are still some who like the hanging tile look, and it may be one that's worth thinking about for your home...
Hanging tile is an example of a cladding system that's falling out of favour, but there are some that are on the rise, but are still less common than others.
There are instances where clients are looking for cladding materials that give them a more industrial look - by using aluminium cladding, for example - and whilst this is more common on commercial buildings and warehouses, etc., it is possible to source cladding of this kind for your home to create a unique look.
Another trend is brick slips. Brick slips are essentially where you buy cladding that looks like brick, but it isn't. It can be a great way of adding cladding to your house when planning permission isn't forthcoming (more on that below) with other materials, since adding brick slips to your brick houses won't change the overall look of your property.
We've already touched on it, but yes, in some cases you will need to seek planning permission from your local council before you begin any house cladding work.
This is especially true if you live in specially protected types of properties, things like:
In other areas, you may not need to seek planning permission, but it's always best to talk with your local council before beginning any work of this type to make sure. If you begin work and you didn't get permission when it was necessary to do so, you may be asked to tear it all down, meaning a significant waste of money.
If cladding a detached single storey property (like a small single storey bungalow, for example) you're unlikely to need permission, but it's still always better to check.
Giving you the average house cladding cost is difficult because it depends on a number of different factors:
Additional jobs may also need to be carried out, which will increase your overall house cladding cost. Things like:
We're reluctant to give an average because houses in the UK vary so much, but it's safe to say that the overall cost is not insignificant for many people's properties.
If you'd like a quote about your specific circumstances, then contact us here at MisterRender today and we can provide you with further details.
One of the main reasons why you should consider house cladding for your home is that it can modernise your home in a very small amount of time. That means better kerb appeal, and a more satisfying home to live in for you!
Although not every type of cladding is low maintenance (more on this below), a good portion of them are, and that can be helpful since you don't have to waste time or additional money cleaning them up or caring for them to get them ready for the year ahead.
With so many stylistic choices open to you, you're able to quickly make decisions that make your house stand out.
Being able to express yourself in your own home is important - we decorate our interiors all the time, don't we? - so being able to do the same on the exterior of your house is great.
Natural, manmade, light, dark, colourful - the choice is all yours when it comes to cladding your home!
Another benefit of cladding is that it can increase your property value. Not only will it look great, but it'll also perform better thanks to better thermal efficiency and lower energy bills - an attractive prospect for new buyers.
Not only does this outer skin protect the outer wall of your property from the weather (so it's especially important to opt for cladding in places where bad weather is common), it also offers a degree of fire resistance, too.
An extra layer on the outside of your home is a benefit when things go wrong, since there's an extra layer to burn through if a fire starts.
Most house cladding can be installed over the course of just a few days, since cladding boards are so easy to fit together.
In fact, sometimes the longest part of the entire process is getting the wall ready for the cladding to begin with - after this, we professionals can put cladding up in virtually no time at all.
We said we'd get back to it, and here it is: timber cladding is some of the most high-maintenance cladding choices out there, and although it looks great, the annual maintenance involved may be enough to convince others to opt for other options.
Not only can planning permission be difficult to get if you need it, but your structural insurance provider may also have a final say if they don't like the cladding option you're using (since, as we said earlier, it may be considered too heavy for the walls and could pose a risk).
By seeking permission ahead of time and working with professionals, though, this problem can be avoided. Although it does make the process a lengthier one.
There's no sugarcoating it. A project as extensive as this one can be an expensive one. That's why giving it a great deal of thought beforehand is really important.
If you decide that the benefits it will bring you and your house are worth it, then it's much easier to spend money on the project - but you must be certain you're happy with cladding as your choice first.
Speaking of deciding if house cladding is right for you, here at MisterRender we're experts at rendering and cladding properties in Whitehill, so if you're unsure about which route is right for you, why not contact our Whitehill team today?
We'll be able to talk through a range of options based on your property type, your budget, and your tastes, and then carry out the work for you at a competitive price.
So, what are you waiting for? If you're still unsure, we'd be happy to help you find the best solution for you today!
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