Applying a material over another, essentially providing a skin, on the exterior of a home is called cladding. This provides not only extra insulation to buildings, but additional weather resistance and an improved appearance. You can use any number of materials for cladding, but the more popular ones include wood, metal, vinyl, and a large range of composite materials.
Many people know what type of cladding they want to use on the exterior of their buildings before they have even finished the design process of the building itself. However, it is necessary to have all the rest of the building constructed before the cladding can be put in place.
Therefore, the exterior walls will need to be framed using wood or steel studs. The walls would then be covered with plywood or another type of board to help the frame sustain strong winds. The boards will not be required on buildings that are constructed from concrete or masonry though, as those structures are much sturdier and can already sustain strong winds.
After all that is finished, the cladding can easily be put in place on the exterior of the building. While there are many different materials that can be used for cladding, they are all installed using similar techniques.
While cladding will make your buildings look amazing, there are many other benefits to having this installed. A few of the benefits that you will love the most include:
Composite panels are best used for commercial buildings, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot use them on residential buildings as well. These panels can be installed quickly, which helps keep costs down. This is one of the better materials for acoustics and it offers excellent air and water tightness. You will also love the fire resistance of this material.
Rain Screen Panels
This is one of the more unique cladding materials and it is normally attached to a support structure which is then secured to the building. Rain screen panels are weather resistant, create ventilation, and reduces condensation within the cavity. There is also less risk of cold bridging when this material is used.
Built-up systems are made from pre-finished steel or aluminum and are available in many different colors. The acoustic and thermal performance can be adjusted to meet your needs. There are even numerous firewall options available with this material.
Cement is highly resistant to damage and weathering, plus it does not get affected by atmospheric pollutants. Mold and fungi cannot grow on the concrete like it can on other materials and it is frost proof and low maintenance. The concrete is available in a variety of colors, is lightweight, easy to cut, and can be color matched to meet your needs.