Cladding systems act as external shells of homes not only for visual appeal, but also for protection from the elements. When properly installed, cladding panels allow water vapour to evaporate. They prevent accumulation of moisture and condensation, which could damage the physical structure of your home. The panels also prevent rain and wind from intruding.
Form and function
Ideally, your home’s external cladding should offer protection. At the same time, the system must complement the architectural design. Choose the material carefully. Various external cladding products are available. Some of the most popular are vinyl, metal, and masonry. Australians are rather fond of timber cladding. Timber weatherboard profiles boost the resale value of residential real estate.
Your main task is to choose a product offering a good balance of aesthetics and physical performance. Apart from fulfilling design and functional requirements, you are looking for a weatherboard system that saves you money on maintenance. Check the warranty. If you heart is set on timber weatherboards, then look for offers offering at least a 25-year coverage.
You also want a system that is easy to install. Lightweight panels cost less to install because they are easy to cut and not labour-intensive. Products that are easy to install only require the skills of one worker. For further ease of installation, ask for panels, which are not secured to the wall with adhesives.
All-natural panel cladding products are available to homeowners who prefer to use building materials with low environmental impact. Ask the supplier for products with high green performance rating, if this is your primary requirement. Find sustainable sources with Forest Stewardship Council certification.
High performance panels can serve your home for many decades to come. Apart from serving as an outer shell against the forces of nature, external cladding also offers additional functions. Depending on the design and type of material, the system offers thermal insulation, noise protection, and fire protection. Choose wisely in order to benefit from your investment.