The term “cladding” describes parts that are fastened to a building’s framework to create external, non-structural surfaces. Although composite cladding is normally bonded to a building’s structure, it typically does not add to the stability of the building. Cladding can, however, serve a structural role in transferring wind and impact loads.
A building’s surface may experience both positive and negative pressure from wind loading, and the cladding needs to be sufficiently strong from the inside out to withstand both the stress and the attaching of the cladding to the structure.
What is Composite Cladding?
A synthetic substitute for wood, composite cladding is made by blending different elements to produce a product that resembles wood but is more dependable and constant.
Composite Cladding can be Used for a variety of uses, include garden buildings, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Composite cladding is simple to install and maintain, and it adds instant kerb appeal with a natural appearance that endures for years.
The thickness of the composite cladding will also provide greater levels of thermal and acoustic insulation inside the building. The building’s additional skin will help manage temperatures more easily throughout the year, which will ultimately result in cheaper energy costs. Installing composite cladding on a building also adds a layer of defence that serves as a shell to protect the structure below.
Composite is an environmentally sustainable option because it is made of recycled plastic and wood offcuts, and because it is durable and low-maintenance, little to no maintenance is needed to keep the finish looking good.
Many cladding projects place a lot of emphasis on the overall look, and while timber cladding’s variety of wood colours and finishes are useful for creating unique facades, these may start to develop an uneven grey appearance over time. But because of the unique properties of composite cladding, the finish will last for years to come and still look great.
Cladding can also be used to prevent outside moisture from entering a building’s structure, such as rain or snow. The original building materials may have cracked due to changes in weather patterns, but the presence of composite cladding will safeguard the substructure.
With the many colours of composite cladding available, it’s simple to choose a finish that blends in with the buildings already on your property. Composite is ideal for both modest projects like office buildings and garden gyms as well as bigger ones like residences and commercial developments.
Consider using composite cladding as a screen fence to offer privacy to a garden. The soundproofing properties are particularly useful for noisy streets in urban areas. It is important to consider external barriers. A composite screen fence, which is more durable than a standard timber fence, can also improve yard security while blocking out undesirable sounds.
Designers or architects should pay close attention to the design detail, particularly around any windows or doors, as well as the penetration of water and the provision of suitable drainage if necessary, while designing a building or adding Composite Cladding to an existing building.