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Edition 09

Getting style out of wall cladding



Classic living room furniture and wall claddingWall cladding is a decorative, architectural material applied to the outside of a building or inside walls of a home or office. Often a consumer or builder chooses wall cladding for the practical nature, the added style element or both, writes Humphrey ODHIAMBO. 

Possible materials for wall cladding are numerous and many elements are used. In the past, wood, brick or stone was always used in construction, now wall cladding give builders the option of using vinyl weatherboard, stone veneers, plastic weatherboard, steel panels, mosaic stones and cement siding with many various looks. Most of these materials are maintenance free and come in a variety of finishes, thicknesses and colors.

Variety available

Many wall cladding companies offer a variety of styles and application methods. The range of cladding options has been tailored to suit the needs of many different builders, designers, developers and homeowners. The variety ranges from decorative wall panels with different textures to hygienic wall cladding that can be used for commercial kitchens. Most companies offer professional installation, especially with certain materials. Some forms of wall cladding, like vinyl weatherboards, are designed for the do-it-yourself enthusiasts because they are quite easy to install.

Modern TV-Room Wall CladdingThe appearance of a home or office can be affected dramatically by wall cladding. Often cladding has unmatched designs and the patterns add natural beauty to walls and grab the attention of everyone. It is a simple way to completely redesign a particular wall area or change the look of a house or office.

Hygienic considerations

For instance, many companies are now creating hygienic wall cladding which can function appropriately for commercial kitchens. Other companies focus on high-end stone and mosaic veneers that add elegance and structure to interiors or exteriors. A stone veneer on the outside of a home coupled with new plants and rocks can transform the look of a building that was once wood siding.

Plastic wall cladding protects against temperature, cold, and dampness. Cladding can also protect whatever material it will be covering. For instance, if a home has wood that is prone to dampness or insect infestation, cladding can provide a protective covering. Cladding can provide insulation on the outside or inside of a home keeping heat and air conditioning where it should be – inside your home. Energy savings on bills is an added bonus to the design factor.

“Green” wall cladding

Many wall cladding options these days are “green” and help the environment. For instance, vinyl is inherently green compared to other building materials; it consumes less than half the energy necessary to produce brick and uses less fuel to transport. Bamboo is the ideal renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly resource and is now being used for cladding. New or old homes will increase in value with wall cladding. There is less maintenance and improved curb appeal, plus you save on energy bills. Beauty, durability and functionality are the key benefits of this system. The variety of available materials can add charm, elegance, luxury and refinement to your home.