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Getting creative with cladding
The three little pigs know all about building houses, but it’s not always as simple as thinking about which material the wolf will be able to blow down. Kerb appeal and cladding go hand in hand. Be it a new construction or a renovation on a tired old building, if you want your home to stand out you can utilise the variety of cladding choices on offer.
Aesthetics aside, cladding is a high-performance material that also serves as a protective skin for the building and its interiors. This outer layer will protect your home from the elements, moisture, pests and even pollutants. As most Australian homes rely on a timber or steel frame for structural support, cladding is less relied upon for this structural support, giving you freedom to get creative.
We’ve summed up five of our favourite wall claddings for you to consider.
An old faithful, brick is one of the oldest external wall cladding choices. You’ll have flexibility in terms of look and feel as they come in a variety of colours, sizes and finishes. The list of reasons why you should choose bricks is long, they’re fire-resistant, thermally efficient, durable, weatherproof, low maintenance and non-toxic, and deliver excellent sound insulation.
Timber has had quite the makeover recently, with pre-primed, site-painted options available. The weatherboard look is common for first-floor additions or rear extensions but is also being far more widely used across residential and commercial builds. Timber is easy to install but will require long term maintenance to avoid weathering.
Scycon leads the way in modern fibre-cement cladding, which comes in the form of vertical or horizontal boards or large panels. This high performance, low maintenance option meets bushfire requirements with a fire rating of up to 60 minutes when used with HardieSmart wall systems. Scycons looks natural, without the worry about termites and beats hardwoods when it comes to thermal and acoustic properties.
Stone has made a real comeback in recent years and is a popular choice for Hamptons-style homes. Natural stone is ideal for feature walls, pool areas, retaining walls, stairwells and fireplaces or for columns or fountains. Darker colours are easier to maintain as the lighter styles will require regular wash downs to prevent staining. Higher density stones will however absorb less water which means discolouration will be avoided for longer.
A common choice due to its shiny, ultra-modern finish, aluminium or metal cladding is an extremely versatile and easy to work with cladding choice. Metal means malleable and maintenance is one of the easiest as it doesn’t absorb moisture. No need to worry about fungi, algae or termites. Metal is lightweight, fire-resistant but is probably not the best choice for sound insulation.
Speak to your builder
Your cladding choice is not limited to these five, but they’re a good place to start. Speak to your builder and consider your unique needs and wish list of features when choosing the cladding for your home.
Get in touch with us today to discuss all of your cladding needs.