Wall Cladding Explained
Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. In construction, cladding is used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings.
Cladding can be made of any of a wide range of materials including wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials that can include aluminium, wood, blends of cement and recycled polystyrene, wheat/rice straw fibres. Rain-screen cladding is a form of weather cladding designed to protect against the elements, but also offers thermal insulation. The cladding does not itself need to be waterproof, merely a control element: it may serve only to direct water or wind safely away in order to control run-off and prevent its infiltration into the building structure. Cladding may also be a control element for noise, either entering or escaping. Cladding can become a fire risk by design or material.
One of the key purposes of wall cladding is for the protection and safety of the building and its occupants. It will make sure that the mechanical structure of the building remains sound, as it will be able to adapt to changing weather conditions. This is especially helpful in regions that go from one extreme temperature at one time of the year, to an extreme temperature during the other time of the year. It will also help to reduce the amount of water that is absorbed and will provide protection against chemical or air pollution.
The main advantage of using wall cladding is to protect a building form external damage while needing little to no maintenance.
Benefits Of Wall Cladding
It increases the mechanical strength of a structure
Improves its resistance to cracking during increased temperature change
Reduces water absorption
Increases resistance to sunlight
Provides resistance to air and chemical pollution.
Cladding also offers protection against the rain, strong winds and molds.