The right cladding option fits your expectations and designs. Cladding contractors can guide you through various alternatives to find the best one for your commercial property. Choose the right one to improve your space’s exterior and appearance.

What Is Cladding?

Cladding is an external layer of a commercial building. It often comes in prefabricated panels that you attach to the property’s structure to protect its structural and interior parts.

Cladding Options

Cladding contractors offer various cladding options.

  1. Brick Cladding

Many people use brick for their property’s exterior cladding. The design is elegant, available, and most cladding contractors have the prerequisite expertise to handle it. You may enjoy their long-lasting nature, and the brick siding doesn’t need painting.

The only disadvantage of this cladding is that it requires a lot of energy to make it. This requirement is because bricks burn in a kiln during their manufacture.

  1. Vinyl Cladding

Some buildings constructed in the last five years use this cladding. It is a type of plastic cladding made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This layer mimics wood grain’s look, offering a similar appearance to shingle siding or painted clapboard. Vinyl cladding is long-lasting, available in many options, and affordable.

The only disadvantage of this cladding is in its raw material. We get it from a nonrenewable resource, and PVC is a human carcinogen.

  1. Wood Cladding

Wood is a versatile building product. You can get this wood cladding with no challenge. It is also available from various types of trees, such as reclaimed wood, pine, redwood, and cedar. FSC certified wood comes from sustainably managed forests. Your supplier can perform various techniques to protect the wood and improve its durability.

The disadvantages of wood cladding are it can come from illegally acquired wood, require treatment from pests or atmospheric conditions, and have dangerous chemicals.

  1. Stone Cladding

You may use stone cladding from quarried stone to have an exquisite exterior finish for your commercial property. Stones are easy to get, durable, and exist in nature. Natural stone may last longer than stone veneer, which tends to be less expensive. You may use sandstone, limestone, flint, and granite for the property’s layer. Stone cladding is resistant to mould, insects, and fire.

Natural stone cladding can be more expensive than other types of cladding. Mining for them can harm the environment. You may need professional installation services, which can be costly.

  1. Metal Cladding

Metal cladding is low maintenance and durable. Once you install it, you won’t worry about mould, pests, harsh weather, or fungal growths. You may use aluminium, copper, zinc, or galvanized steel to make the layer. Metal cladding is available in many architectural finishes and styles

Getting the metal for the metal cladding may need mining, which can pose various risks. Some materials are also expensive, increasing the siding’s cost.

You have various cladding options to consider when making your choice. A cladding contractor can guide you through them to ensure you make the right choice for your commercial property.

Sam Allcock