Wall cladding is a decorative covering intended to make a wall appear like it’s made from another material. This can be applied both to the interior and exterior of buildings or used as an artistic element in decorating. Although it’s usually not for structural use it can assist with the integrity of a structure and can provide insulation and waterproofing.

Cladding is available in a wide range of materials including metals, stone, composites, brick and mortar.

The Main Purpose

Although as we’ve discussed, cladding is mainly stylistic, it’s usually appropriate to find it in a few areas, rather than covering an entire building. An example of this is a bathroom, which may be wall paneled, or the interior of a coffee shop which has a bare “brick effect” wall. The main purpose is to add interest, atmosphere, vibrancy or to section off an area to give it a different feeling to the rest of the area. For example, you may want to differentiate a kitchen area from an office environment in an open plan office. This could also be used for functional effect by providing wipe clean surfaces, as well as separating areas.

Types of Cladding

Masonry

You’ll often see shaped stone facades on the exterior of buildings or on an interior wall. These can be used to mimic the look of exposed wall. Masonry is also useful for bringing a building in line with a particular aesthetic; perhaps to match neighboring buildings or areas.

Metal

Metal is popular due to it’s versatility. Metal is a durable cladding material and can be installed in a variety of finish and colours. Metal cladding can provide functional and structural purposes if necessary.

Composites

Composites can imitate often more expensive cladding materials, including brick effect or asphalt. It’s also useful to not impede on existing structures. For example if a building isn’t capable of holding a hefty weight of real stone, then composites can be used to create the appearance of real stone.

Timber

Timber can provide a highly attractive and durable finish which can be renewed, can biodegrade and contains minimal embodied energy. Woods like green oak will naturally weather with age to a silver grey colour and has the advantage that no further maintenance will usually be required for up to 100 years. This can be a great solution for areas with limited or difficult access.

If you’re interested in finding out more about wall cladding or associated services, please get in contact with us today and we can discuss your requirements.