Zinc Cladding and Why People Like it

There are a lot of good reasons why you should consider implementing cladding on your home. It can be a great design feature, thanks to the aesthetic benefits as well as the various functional improvements they can contribute towards.

What Cladding Does

The cladding has the tremendous ability to protect your home from the elements. In various extreme conditions, such as coastal areas with salty moisture in the air or heavily windy areas, the cladding is necessary in order to retain a home that is still fit for habitation and reduce erosion. In the long run, it can be a great cost-saving measure for your home.

The Virtues of Zinc Cladding

Zinc cladding offers many of these same benefits, but it is more expensive than most alternatives, such as wood cladding. In spite of this, zinc is one of the more popular cladding options, and there are a number of reasons why this is the case:

  • Firstly, zinc can have a very desirable appearance; even when it has aged, many still very much like or even prefer its appearance.
  • Zinc is immune to rust, which means that it can outperform many other types of metal in this area.
  • Zinc isn’t biodegradable like wood, which means it won’t need to be replaced or repaired as often either.
  • Zinc is also a pretty cheap material, at least when compared to metals like copper, and is comparable in price to aluminium.


Installing Wall and Ceiling Cladding

When most people think about cladding, they think about the wooden panelling seen on the exterior of many rustic looking homes. That is cladding, but cladding isn’t just limited to that situation; it can be found on certain roof styles and in the interior of homes too.

Interior cladding is also usually implemented in part of a modern-rustic style. It can also be fairly easy to install as well; certainly something within the bounds of most DIYers’ skills. To install your cladding timber, follow these simple steps:

  • Once you’ve ordered your timber, you should leave it for a couple of weeks before you install it. This gives your panels time to acclimatise and shrink down before you install. That’s something you want avoid once they’ve already been installed so it’s best to wait.
  • Make sure that you leave any electrical outlets exposed; covering them up breaks the law. If you want to cover them up, you’ll need to hire an electrician to decommission the outlet.
  • Before you install the cladding, you’ll need to install the battens first. These are the support of the cladding, which need to be hammered into the wall. All you need to do after you’ve installed them is slot the cladding panels in place, which makes the process quite easy.

It is important that when you’re installing cladding that you plan it all out before you start to actually do the job. Working out where you’re going to have to cut the panels to get them to fit the room is essential, and you’ll also need to account for where radiators and other necessities will go.

Cladding Alternatives for Building Retrofits

Rather than tear down a building just because it is starting to look old, many construction companies are getting into retrofitting and using cladding. This will create the look of a brand new building, but the work is done at a fraction of the cost to demolish the old building and put up a new one. In addition to helping clients save money, commercial cladding offers numerous other benefits, including adding to the life of a building, making the building look better, and waterproofing, just to name a few.
Types of Cladding for Commercial Buildings
There are several types of cladding that is used for commercial buildings. If the retrofit is for an industrial project, composite panels are a good option. The panels are fast and easy to install, and therefore economical. If you are looking for great acoustics in your building, these panels are ideal, and they can greatly help to improve water and air tightness. Knowing that the materials used in the project are safe is of the utmost importance, and you can be sure that cladding panels are fire-resistant. Other types of cladding that can be used for retrofitting include:


Stepping Safely

All professional roofers will know of the risks involved in roofing, and that’s because every year people are seriously injured by falling through a fragile roof. This is why it’s important to step safely, especially on old roofs which require repairs, and roofs with skylights.

Polycarbonate skylights can resist torrid weather conditions but they’re not always strong enough to withstand the weight of human being, and all roofer should know not to step on a rooflight, unless of course it’s a walk-on glass rooflight.

Repairs should always be carried out working from underneath, while safety nets or harnesses should be used if you have to work on top of a building. Make sure you step safely, and look out for any hidden fragile areas.

Metal Cladding on Commercial Properties

Metal cladding can be found on many factories, warehouses and shopping centres among other commercial properties and its a method often used to bring a building to life.

You get character and personality form cladding when it’s been thoughtfully designed by an architecture, while it’s often used to help one building differentiate itself from another. You’ll see a great deal of metal cladding in London and some will include perforated metal patterns while others will almost work to create one seamless mould, and it’s remarkable how many different designs can be formed.

This type of cladding is also used indoors too, to modernise a reception area, restaurant or shop, and there really are no limits on the shapes, sizes and designs that can be installed on small and large commercial properties.