How Does Vinyl Cladding Compare With Other Building Materials?

One of the best ways to improve the value of your home and make it look its best is to add cladding to the outside.

Cladding can be fitted onto any type of house and will transform the character of your home. Of course, you will need to verify that your home will still be in keeping with the neighborhood!

Discovering the Issue With Cladding

Deciding to have cladding is a great first step, but you will quickly realize that there are many different cladding options. It is important to understand what is available and how vinyl cladding may be your best choice:

Vinyl Cladding

Vinyl cladding is the name usually given to boards made from UPVC. They can be obtained in a variety of colors and you can choose the pattern and profile according to your personal preference.

Vinyl cladding is very easy to put up, especially when a professional does it for you. But, more importantly, your vinyl cladding will last a long time with minimal maintenance requirements.

In most cases a seasonal wash will be enough!

This style of cladding provides an instant transformation to your home and will help to insulate it better. Perhaps best of all is that it is comparatively cheap to cover your walls with vinyl cladding.

Wood Cladding

Wood cladding is a popular but more expensive alternative to vinyl. It will provide a slightly more authentic cabin look for your home but does come with several downsides.

Wood is more susceptible to the elements; you need to keep it clean and treat it regularly to ensure the longest possible life.

Even the treated wood used for cladding can warp under extreme temperatures; but it is possible to paint the cladding virtually any color you can think of; allowing you a truly distinctive look to your home.

Stone Cladding

Another option is to stone clad your home. This is considerable more expensive as you will need to purchase a large amount of stone, or simulated stone to affix to the side of your building.

This can be a time consuming process although the finished product looks good and needs little maintenance.

As with any cladding you will need to keep it clean. You will also need to inspect it regularly to ensure no damage has occurred to the stone layer; allowing water onto the original walls.

Rendering

Most professional firms will offer a rendering service which ranges from a standard cement finish to a colored, textured finish.

Obviously a standard finish will need to be painted and repainted regularly to ensure the render and your home is well protected. Colored render should never need to be painted. It is fire resistant and waterproof as well as being effective at keeping bugs out.

But, this is a more expensive approach and a time consuming one.

Your ultimate decision regarding which cladding is best for your home will be the product that you prefer; but, vinyl cladding should be looked at very favorably as it is the best balance of price and ease of maintenance; while still looking good on your home.

 

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