Rainscreen cladding, shiplap cladding and real brick slip cladding all offer a simple, adaptable, decorative solution for cladding facades against ingress of water. Such varied cladding products can be used to create aesthetically interesting buildings in a fashion that is cost-effective, both in its ease of installation and reduced ongoing maintenance.
The Advantages of Cladding
The simplest definition of cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer to improve the aesthetics of the original structure, to prevent the ingress of rainwater or to improve thermal and acoustic resistance.
There is no doubt that cladding has changed the face of construction in the UK. It’s certainly changed the look of our commercial districts, with bright, colourful panels appearing where monochrome cement, concrete and granite used to reign.
But the advantages of cladding products extends far beyond the aesthetic. With the massive growth in the retrofit market, cladding is understandably seen as the perfect product for refreshing facades, whilst simultaneously addressing issues of thermal insulation and passive fire resistance, ensuring the relevant building regulations are satisfied. This solution is particularly appropriate for tall buildings, such as office premises and apartment blocks, or where a lack of space between buildings makes demolition prohibitively difficult.
Other benefits of employing a cladding solution include:
- Ease of installation
- Reduced maintenance required
- Increases thermal and acoustic resistance
- Improves airtightness and resistance to water
- Increases the lifespan of older buildings
- Cladding created in Quality-Controlled environment
- Reduced energy costs
Cladding can be manufactured for a wide variety of purposes and from a broad range of materials, such as cement fibre, calcium silicate, reinforced resins, wood fibre, High Pressure Laminates (HPL), aluminium to name just a few. Popular cladding products include:
- Rainscreen Cladding
- Composite Panels
- Wood-effect Shiplap Planks
- Real Brick Slips