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What Is Cladding?

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What Is Cladding?

Many people may have heard the term “cladding” but are unsure what it means if it’s applied to a property. Read on to discover what cladding is and how the right type of cladding could have significant advantages for your property.

 

Protective and appealing

At its most basic, cladding is a layer of material which overlays an underlying structure. Cladding can be made of a variety of composites or may be a natural option such as treated timber. Applied over the bricks, timber or concrete that has been used to build a property, cladding is normally put in place to improve the visual appearance of the building, protect it against the elements, and to enhance insulation.

 

What type of cladding is available?

Modern cladding is normally supplied as a system. This means the panels are specifically designed to fit together correctly with minimal fixings being required. Cladding systems include top brands such as Alucobond, Alpolic and Innowood. Each type of cladding has slightly different properties, for example, some have enhanced fire retardant properties, whereas others have superior insulation characteristics. Your installer will be able to recommend a cladding option that’s exactly right for your property.

 

Why use cladding?

Cladding can add years to the life of your property through protecting the building materials from wind, rain and biological hazards. Enhanced insulation reduces the power needed for A/C or heating. The improved appearance of your building is also a plus, particularly when you come to resell. With so many benefits, it’s little wonder that a growing number of Australian home owners and building maintenance managers are opting for cladding in order to protect and enhance their property investment.

Would you like to refresh the look and feel of your home, while saving on your power bills and adding to the overall value of your property? Our experts at DC Carpentry can help! Reach out and speak to a member of our friendly team today.