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Aug 04

To clad or not to clad?

Posted by: CarlHood

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that sometimes cladding is important to protect your home from the elements. Cladding is defined as a facing material that is either fixed directly to the wall (as in stone cladding) or nailed on to timber battens (as in shiplap boarding). Its main purpose is to protect the wall beneath and add to the aesthetic appeal of a building. 

Over and above the aesthetic appeal or the protective properties a well-designed, properly installed and high quality cladding can help to maximise the thermal performance of a building. Traditional housebuilding techniques in the UK have tended to be based around using local materials. They often reflected the countryside in which they were built, for example in stone belts; walls were built out of the stone from nearby quarries. In forested areas, timber was used. Brick factories supplied bricks to build walls in the clay areas. In coastal areas various mortars and renders were applied to homes often using pebbles found on the beach.

During the 20th century the standard wall-building practice changed from one using solid wall of local material to more brick and cavity wall design that divided the wall into inner and outer walls. The load bearing work is done by the inner wall and the weatherproofing by the outer one meaning there was less need for cladding.  But if you have an older building you many need to value your cladding more and make sure it is as well maintained as the rest of your property or think about adding thermal or aesthetic qualities to your home.


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