For first-time homeowners, it can sometimes seem like there are an infinite amount of problems that arise in regard to your house that constantly require solutions. From electrical issues to structural complaints and everything in between, it pays to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing your home as best you can. You may have come across the term 'house cladding' in your efforts to be proactive, but if you didn't take the time to fully research it, you may not realise how important it really is in the defence of your home against the elements.
What Is House Cladding?
House cladding is an extra part of your home that plays no part in the structural integrity of the building but is instead a protective covering against the elements. Australia is known for having a harsh environment, and over time, the rain, thunderstorms, strong winds, dust clouds and more can take their toll on your home. House cladding acts as a protection against this erosion while also doubling as an aesthetically pleasing facade. That can make it hard to choose a type of house cladding that blends in with the style of your home, but rest assured that there are many different options and there will be something for you.
How Does Cladding Work?
Cladding has two main defensive properties that work especially well to protect your home:
- It keeps rain from getting into the vulnerable areas of your house (the internal wooden architecture) by ensuring it never really gets into contact with your actual home. Often house cladding is designed so that the rain has an easy path to the ground or so that it evaporates quickly.
- It provides an easier surface to clean. House cladding comes in many different materials, but they are all designed to be far easier to clean than the actual external wall of your home. Vinyl cladding (often just referred to as plastic cladding) is especially popular in this regard.
Can Cladding Do Anything Else?
If you are willing to pay a bit more for a more premium product, then you can definitely find house cladding that has been designed to fulfil additional purposes. In especially fire-prone areas, you might find cladding that can withstand embers and extreme heat better. In urban areas, you might want some cladding with insulative properties so that the outside sound is muffled. In cold or hot areas, house cladding is often used as insulation for the temperature as well as ambient sound control.