Questions To Ask Your Construction Contractor When Selecting A Cladding System

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Questions To Ask Your Construction Contractor When Selecting A Cladding System

21 January 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Choosing a cladding system for your new home build is not entirely about leaning toward what will be cheapest for your budget. You need to keep in mind that the type of cladding system that you elect to employ on your premises will have a direct impact on the thermal efficiency, market value and visual appeal of your house.

Therefore, you need to make sure you are not only choosing the most beneficial type of system but that the materials you select are also highly functional in your specific environment. Fortunately, the construction contractor working on the erection of your structure will be best placed to guide your decision. To do so, here are a couple of questions to ask your contractor when selecting a cladding system.

Which system will make the most sense for your home build?

If you have never had to clad a residence before, you likely are unaware that cladding comes in a range of options. A few of the different solutions that you could deliberate on for your property include the overlapping variety, which resembles shingles, vertical panels and so on. The reason why you have various options available to you is that each option comes with its different pros and cons, depending on the needs of your property.

For instance, if your location is affected by high winds regularly, then you will need a system that is capable of withstanding this type of weather for the system to be functional. Your contractor will present you with the various options and explain which systems will be most suitable for your needs.

Which materials will be the most functional for your cladding needs?

Before you can have cladding installed, you must establish the needs that you want to be met by this system. For instance, if you live in a location that is primarily hot and humid, you could be contemplating the installation of a cladding system to minimise your exposure to humidity and thermal gain. On the other hand, if the building supplies employed to construct your custom home build are not attractive, you could choose to have a cladding system installed to elevate the visual appeal of the house.

With that in mind, your construction contractor will advise you on what materials will be most functional for your established applications. Stone, for instance, adds a natural accent to the exterior of your home while keeping it cool throughout the year. Metal supplies, conversely, are a great solution if you want a degree of wind resistance from your cladding system.