6 Types of External Cladding for Houses
Their Issues and the fixes
Cladding is a product that can be applied to a structure, basically to fulfil one of two purposes.
Firstly, it can be applied so that it gives the structure a more pleasing appearance. Secondly, it can be used on a property as an extra level of insulation.
The process of applying cladding became popular perhaps as a style issue first.
People liked the way it allowed a property to change appearance. There are a number of different kinds of cladding materials, and we’ll take a look at them below.
Wood cladding looks very attractive. It is also created and fitted in a very special way.
The cladding itself is fitted to the exterior (or interior) of a building in individual pieces. Once applied to a building, wood cladding not only makes the building look better, it also creates a more durable exterior. So while it may be fashionable to have wood cladding fitted from an aesthetic point of view, it helps the building last longer too.
This is a cladding type that is quite common, and that is primarily because it is very easy to look after.
The material is weather-proof (if of good quality), and therefore requires little to no maintenance. It’s also inexpensive, and can be applied in a variety of colours, so there’s plenty of choice in the finish.
While uPVC cladding looks fantastic, and can give a building a modern look, it is worth bearing in mind that you can also find that this type of cladding can discolour. You can purchase uPVC cladding that is treated to prevent discolouration, but the majority of people don’t (or don’t actually know about the treatment), so there is every chance you could move to a property that will have a poor quality exterior.
If you’re trying to sell a property with uPVC that is changing colour, and changing for the worst, then it is advised that you try and get the problem fixed, so that it won’t affect the value of your property when you come to sell.
This is a type of cladding that has become popular in recent years, and it’s very versatile.
While it can be used both internally and externally, it has become a popular choice for those homeowners that want to have a modern feel to their building’s exterior. The versatility comes in through the option to have a smooth exterior or a more textured finish.
This is another relatively new way of cladding a property.
Glass always looks amazing on buildings, but with cladding in this material, it also lasts a lot longer. Versatility is there again too, because the cladding can come in various styles and shapes. Modern architecture often favours glass cladding, because it has shapes that require versatility alongside attractiveness.
This is a little more artistic than some of the other kinds of cladding, and it is most often used on very modern buildings, or properties that have an artistic style to them. One of the best things about metal cladding (which often presents as steel and aluminium) is the durability aspect. It is tough and will not be as prone to wear and tear.
If there is any cladding variety that really turns people off, it’s stone cladding. It is viewed as being unsightly, and it is rare to find someone who actually likes the look it gives. It can be removed, but it is often difficult to find anyone who can get the exterior of the property to look like it did before the cladding was fitted.
It is for this reason that some people find that stone cladding is the reason they have to accept a reduced offer on their property. It may be worth considering a lower offer to get rid of the property, but another option can be to approach a cash home buyer company. These companies offer a quick sale (often within a few weeks) and take care of much of the administrative work involved in selling.
Issues with cladding
- Cladding sometimes is the reason why condensation builds up. However, if you are able to purchase a property that has something called a rainscreen, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re buying, ask the vendor or agent. If you’re selling, get it looked at. A rainscreen could be the way forward.
- Fixing cladding to your property could make it more attractive to some buyers. Especially if the current exterior looks shabby and unloved. Check with your insurance provider before you purchase some cladding though, because not every insurance company is prepared to work with a property that has the fitting done.
- Some cladding (such as uPVC) can suffer from some serious wear and tear issues. If you’re buying a property that has cladding, ask if the warranty on the work is still good. And if you’re selling, having cladding that is still in warranty will become a true selling point.
- Some people simply don't like cladding. Even the most modern examples of cladding, which are essentially designed to be attractive more than anything else, can be loathed by prospective buyers if you’re trying to sell. One of the best ways to work out if you’re going to have a problem is to talk to a local agent or lender. If they know of any problem properties they’ve sold in the past that happened to carry cladding, they should be able to tell you about them.
What else can you do?
In addition, using a "we buy any house" service allows you to achieve a good price for the property. If you’re selling a property with cladding that is unattractive, you may feel you need to get the property sold quickly. Anyone who offers cash is worth considering.
Cladding is still present on many properties, and even some of the newer properties. It can look amazing, but be prepared for some resistance if you’re trying to sell.