Vinyl cladding and other cladding types – what is the difference?
Cladding can improve the appearance of a property. It also provides a layer of insulation which can help reduce household expenditure on energy bills. If you live in an area which is subject to extremes of weather, cladding the exterior of your home protects the exterior walls.
You should invest in non-flammable cladding, and have it installed by experienced professionals. This is important because you do not just want all of the benefits we have already mentioned, you also want the cladding to be safe and long lasting. If you are considering having cladding fitted to the exterior walls of your property, you have a choice of which material to choose.
Vinyl cladding – what are the positives and negatives?
As far back as the 1970s, vinyl cladding replaced aluminium siding as the go to covering for exterior walls, in Australian homes. It was a new product at the time, and was hailed for its durability and ease of maintenance. Ever since it was first introduced, vinyl cladding has been popular. Much of this popularity is due to the affordable cost of this type of cladding.
The downside of vinyl cladding is that, over the years, it has become obvious that it’s not as durable as was first thought. It can be susceptible to warping, and the colour often starts to fade after a few years. You need to weigh the benefits of an affordable purchase price up against the chances of having to replace the cladding after a few years.
Timber cladding – why is it popular with some home owners?
The main reason why timber cladding is so popular with some people is that it fits with the exterior décor of many homes. It’s true that timber cladding is attractive to look at, but it can be prone to problems such as rotting. If you want timber cladding to remain in good condition, you have to be prepared to invest time and effort in maintaining it properly.
UPVC cladding – the importance of durability
When it comes to durability and ease of maintenance, you cannot beat UPVC cladding. It’s not susceptible to fading and warping in the same way that vinyl cladding is. There is also no danger of any problems such as rotting. One of the best things about this type of cladding is that it’s easy to maintain. All you need to do is put some cleaning solution on a clean damp cloth, and wipe off dirt, and other deposits such as mildew. The negative aspect of UPVC cladding is that it tends to be the most expensive choice, so you may well have to stretch your budget in order to afford it.
Vinyl cladding is still a popular product. It’s affordable and it still does a good job of protecting your home. Timber cladding can look great, but is a high maintenance option. If you have a healthy budget, you may want to invest in UPVC cladding which can turn out to be cheaper in the long term, given it’s high level of durability.