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Vinyl cladding and other types of cladding – what is the difference?

Cladding is a good option if you are looking for a way of providing extra insulation for your property. This is obviously an important consideration as having good insulation in place helps to reduce energy usage and the amount of money you spend on energy bills. This is not the only benefit you can get from cladding your home; it also improves the look of your property, and helps to protect it against damage.

You can learn more about the benefits of cladding. If you think that it’s something you want to invest in, you need to take a look at the different cladding materials that are available. Traditionally, vinyl cladding has been the most popular, but people also often opt for timber or UPVC cladding. So, what are the differences between vinyl cladding and other types?

Why is vinyl cladding so popular?

Vinyl cladding first began being used in Australia in the 1970s. It quickly became popular because it was thought to be extremely durable and it was an affordable choice. To this day, this is usually the most inexpensive type of cladding to choose. This does not necessarily mean it’s the most cost effective option to invest in.

Vinyl cladding is not as durable as it was first thought. It can be damaged by extreme weather conditions, such as strong sunlight, or large hailstones. It’s also liable to warp after a few years and, if you invest in this type of cladding, you may notice that the colour fades.

What about timber and UPVC cladding?

These two materials are also popular, when it comes to cladding the walls of a property. Timber is often chosen because it fits with the look of the property, or the area around it. If you are thinking of investing in timber cladding, you should be aware of the potential for it to rot, if it’s not maintained correctly and regularly.

UPVC cladding is far easier to maintain. You only really need to make sure that it’s kept clean. You can do this by placing some cleaning solution on a damp cloth, and wiping over the entire area of cladding. The best thing about UPVC cladding is that it’s highly durable. This should mean that you do not need to replace the cladding on your property often. Although, UPVC cladding is usually more expensive than other types, it can be more cost effective in the long term.

As you can see, there are several options, when it comes to choosing the right type of cladding for your home. You need to think about all aspects of the cladding you have to choose from, such as cost, durability, appearance, maintenance and cost effectiveness. Having any type of cladding fitted by experts should add value to your home. It’s up to you to think about which is the best option, having consideration for your budget, and your ongoing requirements.


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Henry Doe is a seasoned DIY enthusiast and home improvement, blogger. With over 10 years of experience in renovating his own home, he has honed his skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. Henry's passion for creating beautiful and functional living spaces has led him to share his knowledge and experiences with his readers through his blog, "Home Sweet Home DIY." His goal is to inspire and empower homeowners to tackle their own home projects, big or small. When he's not hammering and sawing, you can find Henry hiking in the mountains or sipping on a latte at his local coffee shop.