Cladding is simply an extra layer that is fixed over the exterior surface of a property. It’s something that skilled DIYers can do themselves, and cladding comes with a whole host of benefits. Here are just four.
- Reduce Your Energy Bills
Probably the most compelling reason to add cladding to your home is that doing so should vastly improve the efficiency of the property. As you should already know, a property that loses heat through its walls or easily lets in the cold air from outside is one that’s a lot more expensive to heat. Cladding materials are designed to inhibit the transmission of heat, so the hot air produced by your heating system is going to stay within your walls. Your energy bills should drop, so you’ll be saving money while also helping to save the planet.
- Prevent Damp
There’s probably no need to tell you how bad damp can be for a property; from discoloured wallpaper to respiratory problems, the effects of damp can range from inconvenient to life-changing. So, it’s a good idea to add cladding to your home to reduce the risk of damp. That damp is caused by condensation. When moisture in the air meets a cooler surface, it turns into a liquid, so damp is far more likely to develop if the walls become too cold. Adding exterior cladding helps keep them warm.
- Eliminate Noise
Maybe you live near a busy road, or perhaps your house is next to a playground or school. Could be you just have noisy neighbours. It doesn’t really matter – all those situations can flood your home with noise pollution. There are several ways to get around this, but one of the most effective is simply to add cladding to your home. Consider it an extra protective layer against that unwelcome noise.
- Improve Curb Appeal
Finally, cladding can vastly improve a property’s appearance. A few materials are available for cladding, but most people go with wood for just this reason – its timeless appeal and ability to weather beautifully over time really sets it apart. Keep in mind that looking good can pay off. With a more pleasing exterior, you can expect your property to command a higher price and attract greater interest when you come to sell.
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