Deciding on cladding for your home is a popular choice as they are generally long lasting and low maintenance. However, this is only the first step. There are many different types of cladding materials, some need more maintenance than others and the cost of each can be dramatically different. Alongside this, you’ll need to consider the environmental impact!
Most Popular Cladding Materials
The most popular cladding materials in Australia are palliside cladding, wood, and vinyl; but which is the best? The answer will depend on your tastes and budget.
Vinyl cladding is the cheapest way to recover your home. It can be fitted easily, is available in several color choices, and is virtually maintenance free. All you really need to do is pressure wash it every year and visually inspect it for any damage. This makes it a fantastic option for anyone with a limited budget or with limited time to look after the exterior of their property. However, although this makes it the best for some, it is worth considering palliside cladding.
Palliside cladding is 7mm thick and as a solid color, this means it won’t fade over time as vinyl cladding can. It is designed and manufactured in Australia specifically for the climate; which should help it to last for many years. But, perhaps, more importantly, is the fact that it is fire resistant and suitable for areas of the country classified as cyclone region C; it takes a strong wind to damage this cladding. Choosing this type of cladding also means you’ll be getting UV protection and a 25-year warranty, there aren’t many other cladding materials that can compete with that.
Wood cladding has been less in demand due to environmental concerns. However, much of this is now made from reclaimed or recycled wood; dramatically reducing the impact on the environment. Wood cladding does require more care than the other options, but it also provides a more authentic feel and will help your home to blend into the surrounding landscape.
It is worth noting that wood cladding will need to be treated regularly to protect the wood and reduce damp exposure, which will shorten the lifespan of the wood. But, it is exceptionally good as an insulator, helping your home to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Of course, wood can also be painted different colors, allowing you to change the appearance of your home without replacing the cladding; that’s a useful bonus if you like to make your home feel different on a regular basis. But, you’ll need to wash it every year and scrub it to ensure there is no mold growth.
The ultimate decision will depend on your budget, the neighborhood you live in, and your personal taste. But, you’ll struggle to beat the native palliside cladding as it is durable, strong, and available in a selection of colors. The fact that it has been used in Australia for many years is really just the icing on the cake.