types of cladding

Different Types Of House Cladding

House cladding is important for so many reasons. Perhaps one of the most significant ones is the fact that it can help in transforming the appearance of your house, at the same time improving functionality. House cladding also helps improve the aesthetic appeal of a home while also improving its value.

But then again, it is important to note that house maintenance costs are rising year by year. This is mostly due to the fact that building materials are becoming more expensive by the minute. Sometimes even with the most helpful DIY tips at hand, you can still find it challenging to accomplish the cheapest maintenance routines while on a budget. In this piece, we’ll be looking at some options for cladding your house.

But before that, what are some common reasons for external wall cladding in the first place?

house with brick cladding

Basic reasons for cladding your house

First and foremost, some types of house cladding can help in preventing your home against damages that may occur due to the harsh weather elements such as snow, blizzards, or rainfall. Different types of cladding materials may be applied to your walls to provide the much-needed insulation against the weather elements. External damage may at times appear to be problematic to combat, given the fact that you are not in control of changing weather patterns. Without further ado, let’s now take a look at the different types of house cladding options that are available.

Glass building

What are the types of exterior house cladding materials

  • Brass
  • PVC
  • Timber Cladding
  • Tile
  • Stone
  • Vinyl Cladding
  • Curtain walling
  • Rainscreen
  • Metal profile cladding
  • Patent glazing
  • Weatherboard cladding
  • Brick wall cladding
  • Fibre Cement Cladding
  • Concrete cladding

1. Brass Cladding

Brass cladding is increasingly becoming a favorite type of cladding in construction because of its aesthetic value as well as durability. It also comes in different texture options. The article from Architectural Cladding Suppliers entitled “Brass Interlocking Panels Never Looked So Good!” explains that because brass is a luxury metal, it is a great option for design focal points on any building. Perhaps the best thing about metal cladding systems with brass interlocking panels is that they offer a significant level of protection and strength while still looking superb. Also, they are a low-maintenance option, non-combustible, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and provide a lightweight solution.

2. PVC Cladding

PVC is perhaps the cheapest form of cladding there is. However, some options may be as well be compared to timber and other cladding options. This is because PVC comes in various forms, including:

  • Fascia boards
  • PVC cover boards
  • Polycarbonate sheets
  • PVC Hygienic cladding

The best thing about PVC cladding materials is that they are durable while at the same time versatile in application. The fact that PVC cladding materials are in plastic form means that they are durable, water resistant and at the same time, have the ability to withstand extreme heat and cold temperatures.

weatherboard cladding

3. Timber Cladding

For those who would prefer un-chemically treated cladding options, then timber cladding is the way to go. Timber cladding comes in various options, namely:

  • Log lap cladding
  • Featheredge boards
  • Groove and tongue cladding
  • Ship-lap cladding

Timber cladding has over the past couple of years, become a popular choice for most home extension builders. This is perhaps because timber in construction is both an attractive and economical material. In addition to this, it will provide your home with a quality finish that is not provided by most other types of exterior cladding materials.

4. Tile Cladding

Most homeowners want to give their homes a more traditional finish. Tile cladding will provide you with so many options with the inclusion of both vintage and traditional finish options. In addition to this, tile cladding requires minimal maintenance, making it a cost-effective option for many homeowners. However, tile cladding is usually restricted to interior design but can also be used on the outside, if the exterior color combinations match.

5. Stone

Stone cladding more commonly used in domestic buildings than commercial. Natural or simulated stone cladding provides an elegant, luxurious exterior with a natural feel. Simulated stone is ideal for lowering costs without compromising on aesthetics. The non-porous properties of stone provide protection against leaks from the outside. The stone can prevent a build-up of moisture, reducing the risk of damp, mould and mildew. The one real disappointment is the financial costs that are involved, which can lead to delays in installing new cladding.

6. Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the cheapest cladding materials and comes with proven energy efficiency. Vinyl cladding hardly ever fades or cracks, so it will last a long time in the colour you choose. An insulating material is often added to the panels, and once they’re installed, you can forget about re-painting, repairing or otherwise maintaining them. The environmental credentials are high as they are easy to make and recyclable whilst having high thermal performance.

rendered house with white cement cladding

As you can see, there is plenty you can do to help protect your house from the elements as well as from other degrading factors. The above external cladding options can by far help keep your home well-maintained while improving its aesthetic value. These are just a few of the various types of cladding options you might want to consider for your loft conversion or when thinking about your house cladding for your new build.

Author: Clara Annesley

Clara is a blogger at Proficiency. She has a background about extensions, conversions and interior design.