What is Cladding?

The very definition of cladding is “a covering or coating on a structure or material.” In common building terms, when we’re talking about cladding, we are talking about aluminium or vinyl cladding.

We are going to look at the basics of what cladding is, and how it can be very effective in creating an insulation shield for your home, as well as being an attractive design solution.

Installing cladding on the side of a house.

Definition of Cladding

As we mentioned above, cladding is any kind of material that is used to cover a surface’s exterior. If you think about a protective layer on something, that’s cladding.

The cladding that you have on your home doesn’t have to be waterproof, but it certainly helps when protecting your home.

Some types of cladding are decorative only, and offer a solution to hiding a structural – but perhaps not entirely attractive – surface.

Because cladding is not usually part of the structural frame of your building, it’s not going to be responsible for supporting the weight of it.

But – cladding does protect your building’s structure from wind and rain, and so it allows your building to last longer.


History of Cladding

The use of cladding in building is not new, but over the ages the materials have improved significantly, of course. The first instances of cladding can be seen everywhere, from the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt through to the Anglo Saxon houses and timber cladding of Germanic tribes.

From ancient times until the 19th Century, the cladding in use was a hard material like wood or stone, or something that would react to corrosion like copper, brass and bronze.

Cladding was applied to the building in various ways, though one of the most common methods was to place an exterior layer of individual bricks, clay tiles or shingles which were then held in place with mortar, wood or pegs.

As new materials were discovered, they were incorporated into the types of cladding being used.

Some materials – like asbestos – have fallen out of favour for obvious reasons (due to the proven link between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure).

As we began building further and further into the skies with skyscrapers in our urban environments, more elaborate types of cladding were invented.

Today we are happy to provide two safe and durable types of cladding; aluminium cladding and vinyl cladding.


Benefits of Cladding Your Home

When you make the move to clad your home, you are taking a great step in the right direction of protecting your home.

Many properties are exposed to the elements and as a result experience a deterioration of the structure and build. With cladding, you can bypass much of the damage to your home and enjoy a range of other benefits including:

  • Noise control
  • Heat control/insulation control
  • Deterioration avoidance
  • Greater environmental focus
  • Greater breathability of walls
  • Enhanced aesthetic appeal of your home


Why Abbey Thermalboards for Your Home?

Cladding allows you to enjoy a unique and stunning visual addition to your home in a way that offers you enhanced design and sustainability as well. If you’re thinking of repainting your home, consider cladding instead. Cladding means that you never have to repaint again!

All of our cladding comes with a 50-year warranty, and our products are tested and judged as being the highest available quality in the world.

If you are after aluminium or vinyl cladding that really makes a difference, contact us today on 1800 621 113 to find out about how we can help you.

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