Vinyl Cladding and Aluminium Cladding for your Home's Exterior

Ideas for Exterior Cladding

Exterior cladding plays a major role in completely transforming the appearance of your home, improve curbside appeal and enhance the value of the property.  There are many different types of exterior cladding materials available today. Whether you are looking to install weather proof cladding for your new home or planning to rejuvenate your exterior by replacing your worn out cladding, it is imperative to choose the right cladding.

Factors to keep in mind as you choose the best exterior cladding for your home include weather conditions in the area you live in, budget and aesthetics. When it comes to aesthetics, you can work with your builder to brainstorm through different ideas for exterior cladding before you finalize on the project.

If you already have a few creative exterior cladding ideas for your home, choose a talented, reputed professional cladding company that can transform your ideas perfectly. Based on your specific idea, cladding professionals will choose appropriate materials. Unique features and benefits are offered by each type of siding which makes it all the more important for you to research your options well in advance.

Before you talk to the architect regarding your ideas for exterior cladding, it is good idea learning about the popular siding materials available in the market.

Vinyl Siding – Vinyl is a popular siding choice as this cladding never chips, fades or peels. Vinyl material is easy to maintain, resilient and energy efficient and must be installed by a professional.

Plastic Siding – Plastic as a cladding material is durable and offers aesthetic appeal. As compared to other exterior cladding materials, plastic claddings are also budget-friendly. Superior quality plastic cladding, fascia boards, soffit and guttering can be used to greatly enhance the exterior appearance of your home.

Fiber cement – As compared to wood siding, fiber cement siding is relatively free of issues such as cracking, rotting and insect infestation. The biggest advantage of this type of siding is that it offers the traditional look of natural wood and adds to the overall aesthetics.

Stone Siding – There are many different types of stone sidings. Here are a few stone siding ideas to help create a stunning look for your home.

Solid stone cladding looks similar to naturally occurring stone and lends a unique appeal. This stone is extremely durable and is a very popular choice.

Limitations of solid stone siding are minimized by using artificially manufactured stone siding. Also called cultured stones, these stones are easy to install, light in weight and budget-friendly. Made of cement, cultured stones are set into molds to get the desired effect.

While the real stone claddings are made of dense polyurethane, the faux stone panels are light in weight and an equally effective alternative. Installation of this type of cladding is very easy and straightforward as the material is offered as panels. These weather resistant faux panels exactly resemble the real stone and lend the required aesthetic appeal.

People who prefer natural stone cladding go for the granite slabs. This material is very popular because it is crack resistant. Granite is a dense natural stone and is relatively smoother on the surface as compared to other natural stone varieties. Other stones feature irregular surfaces like the traditional masonry. To make installation easy, the back portion of these stones are flat.

Derived from real stones, veneer panel siding is also a popular exterior cladding choice among masonry contractors. Designed similar to puzzle pieces, the veneer cladding panels click together. These uniquely designed panels feature a multidimensional texture and look similar to authentic stone siding.

More exterior cladding design ideas

Here are a few exterior cladding ideas homeowners can use to add to the aesthetic appeal of their property.

  • Corrugated steel can be used to clad the exterior of the building using a smooth paint finish. This type of cladding usually necessitates installing a bulk thermal insulation beneath the cladding. Cement sheet is used to bind steel panels to the walls. If a lot of attention is given to detailing at the edge of each sheet, compressed cement sheets will hold the corrugated steel panels firmly in place and the result is sure to be spectacular.
  • Copper cladding used in smaller areas can highlight the appeal of your home. For example, this unique cladding can be used as strong horizontal lines. Stunning results can be achieved in high end contemporary homes by using large doses of copper metal cladding. After the copper cladding is installed, home owners can plant foliage in orange or rust tone to create a spectacular effect.
  • If you love timber, you can go for the dark timber exterior cladding. This type of cladding lends an aura of sophistication to the building. To emphasize the sculptural form of the house, you can get the architects to paint the soffit matching the timber.
  • Ribbed exterior cladding is very popular as they provide an exclusive orientation to the structure. Horizontally running ribs look especially stunning if made of steel.
  • Alternately, you can use Brazilian hardwood instead of dark timber. Another idea is to use both in contrast. The options are endless only limited by your creativity. No matter which type of timber you choose, make sure the cedar cladding is multi-directional and windows are simple. It is possible to create a warm and modern look with timber cladding.

Exterior cladding is no more just an option to protect your home from the vagaries of weather. All of us today want our homes to look stunning and impressive. Exterior cladding plays a major role in providing that first impact for observers. By designing overhangs perfectly, it is possible to protect your walls from severe rain. No matter what type of cladding you use in your home, a good overhang will greatly increase the lifespan of the cladding.

The two main factors that cause your external cladding to deteriorate and age are UV rays and rain. Large overhangs can easily protect your cladding from these elements. Overheating can also be avoided through shading techniques as they play a major role in passive solar design. The external cladding must also be designed by professionals in such a manner that they allow humid air to escape and drain out any water to ensure that they are dry all the time.


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