Cladding – a guide to changing the exterior of your home

The latest finishes in cladding truly add a touch of class and modernisation to your property and also add a practical weather proofing guard. Cladding is the skin of your house – it’s the outer layer that helps to insulate and protect it from the elements, and it enhances your home’s appearance, too.

If your house was built in the 1950s, 60s or 70s or even 80’s the chances are it now looks dated and uninteresting. Cladding your home in a new material is a fool proof way to completely transform the exterior of the property, increase its kerb appeal and consequently raise its value. Cladding is possibly the easiest way to transform the exterior look of your property and there are a variety of options available.

If you’re looking for a product requiring less maintenance, then one option to consider is the man-made fibre cement product (sidings) that look like timber but do not require painting. It’s often good to consider a mix of materials, and timber cladding or fibre cement sidings can be complemented with painted render.

If your home is covered in stone cladding, pebbledash, or mismatching bricks, or a mixture of different materials can definitely be removed or covered and re-finished with other materials to ensure a completely new look (see samples of our own work below).

The added benefits

  • Factory applied colours
  • Benefit from improved thermal efficiency with the addition of increased insulation
  • No more pest and rotting issues
  • Elegant transformation of exteriors
  • Almost nil or very low on maintenance

Rules & regulations

You don’t usually need to apply for planning permission for repairs, maintenance or minor improvements, such as painting your house, but if you live in a sensitive location such as a conservation area, you will need permission before completely changing the cladding. If you want to re-render or replace timber cladding to external walls, building regulations may also apply depending on the extent of the work.

Your budget, the look of other houses nearby, or what your local council approves will all influence the material you choose for your exterior. Bear in mind that prices vary widely, depending on the intricacies of a particular job, and that many suppliers will only work directly with trade /building companies who have the necessary skills and expertise to help you achieve the look you want.

Cladding services

We can supply, fit and repair all types of existing cladding.  For more information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to talk through your ideas.

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