Cladding has many uses in the construction industry and other industries requiring the covering of one material with another for insulation or protective purposes. Most people are more aware of the use of cladding to decorate or protect the outside of residential and commercial properties and a range of materials can be used as exterior cladding. Cladding prices will vary depending upon the supplier used to purchase the cladding, the quantity of cladding required and the materials that the cladding is made from. There is also the cost of fitting the cladding if the one purchasing is not a builder able to fit cladding systems.
Many materials have been used for the exterior cladding of homes although timber cladding and PVCu cladding are the most popular due to the ready supply of the raw materials. Some home owners like the exterior of their house to be unique and metal cladding has being used for the exterior of residential properties. Metal cladding systems can be made to look sleek and stylish but will cost more than cladding systems made from timber or PVCu.
UK Cladding Cost
In the UK cladding prices can start from around £2 per square metre for PVCu cladding. Cladding prices usually become cheaper as the quantity required increases so the overall cost per square metre will change according to the size of the area to be fitted with cladding. Timber cladding is more expensive and starts from around £6 or £7 per square meter. Timber cladding can be made to look very attractive and timber cladding systems can be seen on some of the most stylish and modern buildings.
Shiplap cladding systems are traditional timber cladding systems that use tongue-in-groove fittings and are typically used to construct dolls houses, garden sheds and parts house exteriors. They are easily available from most hardware stores including the most popular national DIY stores and garden centres. PVCu Shiplap cladding systems are also available and can be designed to look like timber by using a grain type finish. From a distance it is not always immediately noticeable that the cladding is not wood and the benefits of wood-effect PVCu is its longer life. Timber cladding systems can rot and require retreating after a period of time whilst PVCu cladding just needs to be kept clean and checked to make sure that they have not worked themselves loose.