10 Dec 2010

Cladding has been around for a long time. It is a way to protect the exterior structure of the home from the harsh elements, damp and extreme temperatures. It is often used on houses close to the sea too as sea salt can wear away structures. In the past wooden cladding has usually been used, however today as more and more innovative materials come onto the market, homeowners are realising that there are alternatives available. If you have cladding on your house or are interested in installing some then you have come to the right place because here you will find all you need to know about getting the right cladding for your needs.

There is one material in particular that is starting to become commonplace for cladding. uPVC is an abbreviation for Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride. Being unplasticised means that there are no softening agents used in the material which makes it strong and durable. It is a material that is ideal for large, solid structures such as windows, doors, conservatories and of course cladding. There are many benefits of using uPVC cladding. First and foremost it comes in a large number of colours and wood effect finishes too. As well as white cladding you can have mahogany effect cladding, oak effect cladding, rosewood effect cladding and more. To the untrained eye there is little between uPVC and the real thing.

It is a much cheaper material that wood. When it comes to cladding, a considerable volume of material is needed. Imagine the cost of having timber installed. Huge savings can be made by choosing uPVC instead. What’s more, because it is a well insulating material it provides an efficient layer of insulation to the home which reduces the need for heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Not only are the initial savings large therefore, but the ongoing costs of heating and cooling the home are reduced too.

Wood is beautiful there is no denying this fact, however to keep it looking good there needs to be considerable maintenance tasks carried out. Varnishing, sanding and replacing rotten wood are just some of the the tasks that are necessary to keep it looking its best. The same cannot be said for uPVC. It is a very tough material that won’t be effected even by the harshest of conditions. Occasionally a clean with some soap and water may be sensible to wipe off any build up of everyday grime, but other than that there is little else to do. Cladding made from uPVC will last for many years, even decades. Because cladding is designed for protection, isn’t it sensible to use a material that doesn’t need protecting itself?

Although thinking of plastic cladding may not initially be as appealing as considering wooden cladding, once it is in place and your home is reaping the benefits you will be glad of the choice you made. There is little difference to the eye between uPVC and timber so if you are worried about how it might look, you don’t need to be! The savings are just too great to ignore and although timber is the traditional material to use it is prone to rotting, warping and splintering. This is not ideal especially when you consider the whole point of cladding is to protect the home from problems such as these.

uPVC cladding is an excellent way to protect the home from weather, acid rain and salt water. Plastic cladding is just as effective as its timber counterpart but is longer lasting and better value. Plastic fascia boards can be easily fitted to the outside of the home for a beautiful and long lasting finish.

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