Why is cladding so common in the UK?

In the refurbishment and building industry, cladding can provide a cost-effective way to transform a property’s external appearance. It provides insulation against sound and weather, allowing beauty to be maintained without compromising function. As such, it is often viewed by homeowners as an integral part of their property. Cladding has also been used extensively in major regeneration projects to help kick-start development and encourage new investment into areas that could potentially turn into blighted urban landscapes due to poor maintenance and high levels of dereliction. When carefully selected and designed appropriately for its surrounding area, cladding can play an important role in encouraging growth and regeneration within towns and cities across Great Britain.

Mechanical strength

The main reason for the prevalence of cladding is due to its ease, speed and cost-effectiveness. Let’s say you need to start cladding warehouse, you need to think about how much time you have available to complete the job to the best possible standards. This may seem like a really obvious statement but it’s true that whatever system you install will require ongoing maintenance, which can become costly over time. As far as ‘cost’ goes, cladding can be much more affordable than other methods of protection such as brickwork or render – especially when you consider this alongside traditional ‘artisan’ construction techniques which many modern homeowners steer clear of because they are viewed as both outdated and impractical in comparison with the use of prefabricated or manufactured components.

Quick and easy to install

Cladding is extremely quick to install, meaning that if there were any issues with your project then work could continue onto the next phase without too much of a delay. It also means that any service charges would be lower which is always a positive if you’re working on your own home.

For the purpose of self-build, it can actually save time and money, especially when you consider how long brickwork takes to dry for instance or the effort needed to render with traditional lime mortar. The structure behind cladding helps protect walls from expanding and contracting in temperature. One reason why cladding is so common in the UK is that it helps to protect both internal and external masonry against extremes in temperature by distributing heat more evenly throughout the wall system below. We all know just how cold and unpredictable the British weather can be. The thermal movement across each individual layer is reduced while still maintaining some flexibility which makes it less susceptible to damage.

Excellent resistance to air and chemical pollution.

Cladding helps improve insulation, which in turn reduces energy costs within the home. They are also not subject to rot or corrosion, making them perfect for use around the coasts where they will often get wet. This means less effort is needed to maintain them than other building materials too. These are just a few of the key advantages of cladding and why it’s such a valuable, important and reliable building material. There are many different types of cladding so it’s difficult to group them all into one list of pros and cons, but we will explore the many different types in a blog post in the future.