External wall cladding does not just make the outside of your home look good; it has many other beneficial qualities. If you decide to clad your property you can protect the exterior walls from the ravages of bad weather, such as hail stones and strong winds. You can also save money as cladding helps to keep warm air in your home, thereby helping to reduce your energy bills.
If you are thinking of cladding the walls of your property you need to take a look at exterior cladding materials. There are several different types of cladding on the market and you need to decide which is best for your needs. Traditionally, vinyl cladding has been a popular choice; but is that your best option? We are going to take a look at vinyl cladding and how it compares to other types of cladding which can be used.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF VINYL CLADDING?
Since it was first used in Australia in the 1970s, vinyl cladding has become very popular with home owners. At the time of its introduction it was a great improvement on the aluminium cladding which had gone before. Vinyl cladding seemed to have greater durability and it was certainly cheaper than its predecessor.
The low cost of this type of cladding is the main reason why it has been so widely used over the years. This does not necessarily mean that vinyl cladding is the best choice when it comes to long term protection and appearance.
The problem with vinyl cladding is that the mixture of plastics and chemicals used in its production makes it vulnerable to the environment. The cladding can expand and contract when subjected to extremes of temperature. This can cause damage and the material often wraps and cracks. Once cracks start to appear water can get to the surface underneath.
Vinyl cladding also tends to be fairly thin which means it’s easy to damage. This is particularly an issue if you have children who regularly play ball games outside. Damage can even be caused by a severe hailstorm.
WHAT OTHER TYPES OF WALL CLADDING SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?
Two of the other main materials used in wall cladding are timber and upvc. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from both of these materials.
If you want the exterior of your home to look good then timber cladding can certainly help with that. The problem is that it’s not particularly durable. Timber is very susceptible to mildew and rot so if you choose this material for cladding for your home you need to spend a considerable amount of time trying to protect against these issues. This is not the best position to be in.
One of the main considerations when it comes to choosing the right cladding for your home is the amount of protection it affords. For this reason, it’s well worth considering upvc cladding. This type of cladding is designed with the often harsh Australian climate in mind.