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What is cladding?


Cladding is the application of one material over others, in order to shield the basic structure, providing a skin or a layer meant to see to the percolation of weather elements or aesthetic aims. Cladding does not compulsorily need water proofed condition, rather it need a control element. This control element assists to direct water or wind to avoid percolation into the building structure and does it safely. In situation where a building’s outer package does not need to be completely ‘closed’ (train stations, bus stations, car parks and other such like structures) cut metal cladding can be a perfect solution. The profits of cut metal cladding are light weight, long lasting, and simple installation. There are several types of cladding and they are, weather board cladding, timber cladding, stone cladding, vinyl, fiber cement, External foam, metal, concrete and brick cladding. In most part of North America, the word “siding” is used rather than “cladding”, which is used mostly in Europe and Australia. Also, “Weatherboard” is also equal to the word “siding” as well.

The most popular and newest exterior cladding product in the world today for commercial buildings such as schools, officers etc is Exterior insulation and Finish systems [EIFS]. It is usually compared to stucco, but created from artificial components instead of standard cements. It is a system of plastic insulating panels shielded by a synthetic stucco-like material. The end products on these walls can imitate the texture of stucco or plaster, or can be toweled so fine that it mimics a solid piece of stone. Dyes and pigments are used to color EIFS as it is applied or it can be painted. Developed drainage technology is aiding to grow the popularity of this product all over the world.

An important master work of the world today, Burj Khalifa tower holds an outstanding cladding technique. The desert increases graciously thereby awarding Dubia with a brand new beam. Its external cladding of Burj Khalifa started in May 2007 and ended in September 2009. The tower achieved a worldwide record for the highest installation of an aluminum and glass facaders, at a height of 512 meters which matchers with the entire weight of five A380 aircraft.

Another example would be the Olympic stadium in Olympic park, London, where the athletic event was held, the opening and closing ceremony of 2012 Olympic Games. The external cladding of the structure was carried out by polyester and polyethylene and would circle the stadium which would be printed using curable UV ink. The wrap is 20 meters high and almost 1000 yards in total length. The roof above the stadium does not comprise steel or concrete but PVC. It also comprises of lightweel steel in the construction and rainfall collection.

Not only important buildings around the world, cladding your house will be of great gain which includes, insulation and protection from heat and cold, stunning beauty to your home while adding value, now maintenance cost (can be an occasional washed with soapy water) and lot more.

Popularly known metal cladding was among the top choice, where it is strong and easy to carry. It lasts for a long period of time with no maintenance costs. While cost can be a problem. It can be avoided through the use of galvanized metal. Aluminum siding on the other hand, is a common cladding for homes in rural areas. The aluminum will not rust or destroy when exposed to moisture and can withstand slorms and harsh conditions better than many other cladding products. Metal sliding in general is fairly cost, though it is resistant to rot, termites and most kinds of damage.

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