If you’re considering updating the outside of your home, you might be thinking about cladding or re-cladding some or all of the exterior. Cladding plays a big role in the overall appearance of your home, so it’s important to choose a material that not only looks good, but is also durable and suited to your local climate. Here are the most important factors I consider as an exterior designer.

Scale and shape of your home: If your home is large, then aesthetically you can afford to use a larger scale of cladding. However, if your home is smaller or low set, or if it has lots of windows (and therefore less wall space), then a smaller scale/pattern cladding could be a better choice.

Appearance: The appearance/design of your cladding is a critical factor. Not only the texture or scale, but also the colour and finish. Choose a material that complements the overall style of your home and fits in with the surrounding neighborhood. There are many options to choose from, so have a look online for inspiration.

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Maintenance: Different types of cladding require different levels of maintenance. For example, timber cladding will require regular painting or staining to keep it looking fresh, while brick or stone cladding may require minimal maintenance. Consider how much time and effort you’re willing to put into maintaining your cladding when making your decision. Luckily there are plenty of ‘faux’ options out there these days, including composite ‘timber’ products, stainless-steel wall tiles, aluminium pre-oxidized copper and everything in between!

Climate: The type of cladding you choose will depend in part on the climate in your area. For example, if you live in a hot and dry climate, you’ll want to choose a material that is resistant to heat and UV radiation. On the other hand, if you live in a cooler, wetter climate, you’ll want to choose a material that can withstand rain and wind.

Cost: The cost of different cladding materials can vary significantly, so it’s important to consider your budget when making your decision. Some options, such as brick, stone, composite or aluminium can be more expensive upfront, but may have longer lifespans and require less maintenance in the long run. Others, such as real timber or other cheap cladding solutions, may be more affordable up front, but need more maintenance so as not to rot, bow or fade over the long term.

When it comes to choosing cladding for your home here in Australia, there are many factors to consider. By taking the time to research your options and think about your specific needs and preferences, you can make an informed decision that will give you the look you want and the durability you need.

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

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