Whether you are thinking of having new cladding put on your roof or walls, or already have existing cladding, you really should read through HM Construction’s advice to make sure you know exactly the best type for your home.
Showcasing your new timber-frame home with a stylish surface finish will add to the wow factor of the building due to the huge range of materials. Whether you want a shiny, metallic look, or a classic wood finish, there is something that will suit all needs.
However, checking whether your local planning department has restrictions on the type of material you end up using is recommended.
Cladding isn’t just a pretty face. All types will protect your home from the outdoors, but some have better properties than others. It is always advisable to get advice on what will suit your home best, along with what material would suit your needs.
On a practical note, cladding can be fitted as part of the first fix, as plumbing, electrics and plasterboarding can be done while the external cladding is being installed, so speeding up the build by a few weeks and saving on costs.
Ask the manufacturer about warranties for the cladding, and check that the material is acceptable for your structural insurance provider, to ensure that you’re covered. In essence, cladding can become a cheaper way to add value to your property and an amazing outward appearance to your self-build.
When it comes to materials and cladding, people have used a host of different materials in the past, however, there are three main types that are most common throughout the UK. People may wonder, why is it important to choose the correct material? Well, dependent on the results you want, choosing the right material is a crucial step. Coupled with the fact that the outward appearance will set the standard for your home, this is a huge choice.
For the look of solid brick without the hassle, consider brick slips – thin slices of brick used as a lightweight alternative to regular bricks. This classic approach is tried and tested in many homes and is sure to always stand up against the elements.
The classic choice, timber weatherboarding can give your home a fashionable New England effect, though other patterns, including herringbone, are available too.
The wood can be chemically preserved to maintain the colour, but bear in mind that timber will react to the weather. It can be treated before or after cladding. Hardwoods from Europe or the tropics, are more durable but more costly than European softwoods, which tend to be more eco-friendly.
If you’re after a smooth finish then render is best for you, however, you’ll need to call in the professionals, as it’s hard to get right. Since the pigment goes right through all the layers, it won’t lose its colour. External wall insulation covered by a render of your choice can be applied to new or existing homes to improve warmth and comfort levels, or choose a thermal render. Application takes around three days.
When undertaking your self-buid project, the key is to always make sure you contact a professional with any ideas or questions, as cladding is best left to a team of trained contractors who have years of experience. Have fun with your home though and see it as an amazing way to add value and substance to your house!