One of the best ways to make your house stand out is by installing a cladding material. Cladding, popularly known as siding in the U.S., functions as the protective “skin” of a house. It protects the interior and structural parts of a home from a variety of outside elements.
Exterior cladding is generally made up of several layers, comprising the outer surface of a wall, a plastic wrap to keep out moisture, insulation, vapor barriers, etc. So if you want to set the tone for your house and protect it from the elements, terracotta cladding should be one of your options.
Here are some of the best cladding materials for your house:
When it comes to choosing a cladding, you can never go wrong with bricks. This material has been used to build and clad home for ages, and it is still one of the most reliable materials because of its insulating properties, durability, fire resistance, and low rate of moisture absorption. It is available in plenty of earthy colors. In addition to that, bricks have been found to reduce carbon emissions common in the building sector.
Wood or timber cladding is also a common cladding material among property owners and Kiwi builders. Exterior cladding options are abundantly available locally and they include shiplap, shingle, shake, etc. Timber cladding is also available in types and species, from cedar to reclaimed wood, to redwood, and so many others.
Some of the benefits of wood cladding include its lightweight, attractiveness, and ease of installation. There are also other types of wood that can last longer and are resistant to moisture, mold, and insects.
Stone cladding is pieces of quarried stone that are used as an exterior finish of the house. Some of the popular stones used as cladding include granite, schist, slate, etc. Stone cladding is beautiful in rural or natural settings.
Some of the top benefits of stone cladding are that they are easy to maintain, durable, do not fade, resistant to mold, fire, and insects. On top of that, they give a home an authentic look and it can be recycled.
PVC composite cladding
Polyvinyl chloride [PVC] composite cladding is a plastic cladding. They are available in shingles, beaded, clapboards, logs, etc. The PVC cladding can last for up to 30 years, and it is also maintenance-free. In addition to that, PVC composite cladding offers an additional R-value and noise reduction. This cladding is also made with recycled materials, which means it can be recycled at the end of its useful life.
Metal cladding is also a popular cladding material among homeowners, thanks to its low maintenance and durable features. Some of the most common metal siding types include aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and copper. Metal cladding is also available in a wide range of various architectural styles and finishes.
The top benefits of metal cladding include low maintenance and longevity because it can last for decades. It cannot be damaged by rain or snow. It also doesn’t provide a medium for mold and fungal growth. Metal cladding is insect-proof. That means you will not spend money buying insect sprays.