Cladding Contractors & Suppliers
Cladding, arguably a lesser known aspect of building among the laymen, is a vital factor in safeguarding your structure from weather elements. Given the importance of ensuring that your property stands the test of time, cladding in all forms should not be overlooked.
Essentially, cladding is the application of a specific and best-suited material over another to provide a required layer or “skin” to control the access of wind, rain, dust, and other weather elements. It is important to note that cladding does not necessarily provide a waterproof layer, but instead offers a control element.
Cladding, when correctly applied, should be incredibly durable, with some forms of cladding lasting up to 50 years! This control feature may only serve to safely, economically and efficiently direct water or wind in order to control run-off and prevent infiltration into the building structure.
The amount of control is usually based on the general climate and the building itself. Cladding applied to windows is often referred to as window capping and is a very specialised field in South Africa that requires a specifically skilled and experienced cladding contractor.
In addition to the above, cladding also serves an aesthetic purpose; creating a pleasing sight on both enterprise and private buildings. Depending on the function, design and personal taste, different types of cladding may be applied. Each type of cladding has its own positives and negative aspects, with some needing more upkeep, while others are more cost effective. This is why it’s essential to choose the right cladding supplier. Let’s take a minute or two to consider the most popular types of cladding.
Brick cladding allows for you to create many different types of looks and patterns depending on your choice of bricks, including their colour and shape. The brick cladding material is also easy to work with, is surprisingly lightweight, and is a great insulator. Like some forms of cladding, they do not require much upkeep. Given its popularity, many contractors are thoroughly familiar with this form of cladding.
This specific form of cladding is made my compressing sand, cement and cellular fibre into several small sheets. Although fibre cement cladding might look like wood, it’s actually much lighter, easier, and cheaper to install than wood. Another advantage is that cement cladding requires much less maintenance.
Concrete cladding is an incredibly sound, greatly durable, and highly economical form of cladding. It is perfectly suited for industrial needs given its strength, and the precast cladding is most often supported by the actual frame of the building. Given its affordable and durable benefits, concrete cladding is often used for new buildings or essential renovations. This cladding also offers great flexibility by allowing the thickness of the insulation to be chosen depending on needs and costs, and allows the owner to explore many different design possibilities. And finally, because of these features, concrete cladding is one of the most durable and long-lasting forms of cladding.
As stated above, external cladding is an essential aspect of building; meaning every type of structure – be it a private abode or enterprise building – requires cladding to ensure long-term protection. While it might seem relatively costly at first, remember that this type of construction is critical to the well-being of your property.
Internal cladding, also known as interior cladding, is the layering of the inside of a building, be it a home or office to insulate and regulate the flow of air. Depending on your choice of material, internal cladding can provide anywhere from a rustic to elegant look.
Stone cladding consists of thin layers of natural or “stimulated” stone on the exterior of a home or other building. Homes clad with stone tend to look more elegant, natural, rural and earthy. It is a consistently popular option amongst homeowners, especially because of the affordability of stimulated stone.
Timber cladding comes in horizontal boards, shingles or, finally, panels. It is a widely popular choice for many homeowners due to its appealing look; warm, rustic, welcoming and classic. As an additional perk, timber cladding is also a great insulator, and is more environmentally friendly than most other cladding options.
Vinyl cladding comes in many different colours, and looks great on most types of homes. It is both recycle and economical; sing much less resources than other forms of cladding. Vinyl cladding is one of the best insulators and require barely any maintenance making it one of the most durable options for cladding buildings.
While not the most structurally supportive form of cladding, glass cladding is sought after given its modern, slick look. That said, the glass is manufactured in a way that prevents it from cracking or breaking easier than standard float glass; this is known has safety or toughened glass. Often found in businesses, malls, and offices. Clear, glossed, matte, or coloured, and along with the options of having patterns – glass cladding is suitable for almost any look. This allows designers, architects, builders, and owners free rein to customise the building. Another major benefit of glass cladding is that it keeps its elegant appearance for a long time, meaning it is incredibly economical in the long run.
Wall cladding, as the term suggests, is focused solely on the protective and aesthetic cladding applied to the walls of a building. Wall cladding is very functional; serving to control the influx of weather elements while ensuring optimum insulation and the flow of air. This use of cladding is required for most, if not all, buildings whether it be commercial or private dwellings. Given its importance, make sure that you only hire the best suited contractor to ensure the job is done correctly the first time around.
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