Home Improvement With Low Maintenance Exterior Cladding

A collage of photos showcasing exterior cladding before and after renovations.

One thing that quickly becomes obvious when you own your own home is that there is always something to do; your work is never really finished.

Some jobs are small enough that they can be put off for a while. But there are those that need to be dealt with as quickly as possible. These are the jobs that affect your ability to live in your home or its outward appearance. An attractive home retains its value which makes it easier if you wish to sell or are looking to raise additional finance against your home.

If you’re aware the outside lf your home needs improving then you will find that cladding is one of the best solutions currently available.

Getting The Cladding Right

The first thing you need to do is look at the different options of house cladding. uPVC is no longer the only option for the homeowner who wants to make their house look good. In fact, you can use virtually any material for the cladding on your home.

A modern house with wooden exterior cladding.

This means it can make a bold statement; such as colored metal or you can stick with a more traditional, wood based approach.

The list of options is virtually endless:

  • Wood Cladding – this remains one of the most popular as there is such a range of wood products available. Red Cedar, Larch, Oak and Sweet Chestnut are some of the most popular but there is a wood to suit every budget.
  • Modified Timber – You can get this type of cladding to suit specific climates. The wood is chemically or thermally changed to improve specific characteristics; such as how hard wearing it is.
  • Fiber Cement Cladding – this is made by mixing cement with cellulose, fibers, water and several fillers. The wet sheets which are created are then rolled and flattened to create tiles or panels which can be put on your home. This is one of the cheapest options available. They can also be made in virtually any color!
  • Metal Cladding – Almost any metal can be used to create a stunning but surprisingly affordable new finish for your home. Choose between zinc, copper, aluminum and steel for a truly contemporary look. The metal can be aged to give the right look before you buy it and it needs surprisingly little maintenance.
  • uPVC Cladding – This is probably the cheapest and one of the most popular options for homeowners. It needs virtually no maintenance and can transform your home in a matter of moments. It is also exceptionally long lasting.
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You can choose to fit the cladding yourself or have the professionals do it. Your decision should be based on the time you have available and you current level of DIY expertise. It doesn’t make sense to cut corners with the cladding.

A house's exterior cladding is shown before and after being repainted.

If you put it up properly it will last for years; protecting your house and improving your insulation levels in the process. Cladding is a fantastic way of keeping your house warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. It’s time you found out just how good it is!

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