Protection from the Elements: Reinforcing Home Exterior

Installing external cladding

Installing external claddingWhether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one, it is important to think about the exterior cladding. With new cladding materials now available, it pays to stay updated and well-informed. Ensure you get your money’s worth and reinforce your home’s exterior with the right choice.

Cladding and Its Main Functions

Cladding protects structures against the elements. The sun’s UV rays, rain, snow, wind, ice and other environmental factors can quickly damage a home’s façade; reinforce it with cladding to prevent such problems.

Install claddings on walls and around doors, windows, chimneys, roofs and other places to keep rainwater from getting inside the home. Protecting these areas with an additional layer of weather-resistant construction material also further insulates a building. Weatherstrip and seal gaps to fully protect the house from water damages.

Popular Cladding Options

There are many types of cladding materials available. Your final choice should depend on the insulation or R-value, construction components, durability, ease of maintenance, longevity, appearance and cost.

The most popular types of cladding for houses in Australia include wood, plastic or vinyl, metal and masonry. These are available in a wide array of colours, styles, textures and finishes. When deciding on the colour, remember that your choice will impact the material’s heat reflective and absorbent properties.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

If you have the technical skills and enough DIY knowledge, you may install the cladding yourself. This can help you save money, but only if you install the cladding properly. However, if you are not confident enough or if you have no prior experience, leave it to the professionals.

The most important function of the cladding is it protects the house from the elements. That does not mean you cannot choose cladding that offer aesthetic value. Choose materials that offer protection and added appeal.