DECIDING WHICH MATERIAL IS RIGHT FOR YOUR PROPERTY?
There are many elements you will need to take into consideration when looking around the market. Namely your budget, but also the aesthetics of surrounding houses, or even what your local council permits or approves in your area all heavily influence the material you may elect for your exterior. Depending on the complexities of your particular project, if you plan to use a building company or architect to achieve the finish you want this may also impact on the overall cost of your project.
GENERAL COST OF FINISHES:
Bear in mind that per individual company prices may vary widely but below is a general industry average of the options available;
Ecoscape UK Forma composite cladding – £54/m2
Fibre cement weatherboarding – £65/m2
Softwood timber cladding (painted or treated) – £50/m2
Hardwood timber cladding – £90/m2
Heat-treated timber cladding - £80/m2
Tiles (concrete) – £40/m2
Tiles (slate) – £100/m2
Natural stone – 100/m2
Metal – £50/m2
PVCu cladding – £50/m2
Brick slips – £50-60/m2
Rendering – £60/m2
Masonry paint (three coats) – £15/m2
BRICK SLIP CLADDING
Exterior brick slips are thin cuts of brick and are fixed to a sub backing panel with a high strength adhesive. Mortar is then inserted into the gaps to create a realistic, pointed look. Ranges include reclaimed and handmade finishes, and you can expect to pay from £50 per square metre including metal lath substructure and mortar joints.
Timber cladding can be so naturally beautiful especially Cedar detailing IMAGE
Timber cladding is a popular and diverse choice but comes with a high maintenance load. With hardwoods and softwoods, starting at around £15 per square metre for untreated pine, to £60+ per square metre for something more durable (including treatment/paint).
Timber can be treated to minimise colour fade and greying brought upon from UV exposure this may also improve insulation properties.
WOOD EFFECT CLADDING:
Wood effect cladding offers the same look as popular timber cladding options, but requires less maintenance. They are usually pre-painted fibre-cement boards, which are designed to look like wood. These are highly durable and are available in a wide range of colours. Expect to pay around £65 per square metre, fitted.
Crisp white render has been used to clad this home by Selencky Parsons
(Image: © Selencky Parsons)
Render can be applied to create a smooth, textured or patterned finish, and comes in a wide range of colours. It can help improve your home’s insulation and can be applied to both old and new properties.
Consider the type of render you use carefully – lime render will suit old, historic buildings, while new, silicone-based renders are flexible, breathable and low-maintenance. Modern renders are a big improvement on concrete renders widely used until recently. Prices typically start at just under £60 per square metre.
METAL CLADDING PANELS:
Exterior cladding panels are ideal for contemporary homes to create a streamlined look and a low-maintenance finish. Available in a range of materials, including vitreous enamel or metal, they will cost anything from £50 per square metre, depending on the material and chosen finish.
WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITE CLADDING:
If you like the idea of a natural timber cladding but treatments such as painting staining or sealing are holding you back there is an alternative. Wood plastic composites are a low maintenance alternative to timber without many of its drawbacks and additional benefits. There are multiple constraints for natural timber cladding such as time spent maintaining, hard to reach or restricted access areas, or just the fear of not being able to keep up with its demands and your property staring to look shabby. There are also restrictive installation systems that do not allow for expansion and contraction; causing buckling/splitting, or adequate enough airflow. With Ecoscape UK’s unique expansion clip installation system there is a neat screw free finish that stands board proud10mm for ventilation. There are also and array of finishing trims for every possible requirement. The cladding its self has a 25 year warranty and comes in 7 beautiful and natural colours. Prices start at just £54 per square metre.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR CLADDING AND RENDER:
The majority of exterior cladding options are fixed using timber battens or a steel/aluminium frame behind, which is attached directly to the structural walls.
Using either cladding and render is also the perfect opportunity to improve your home’s R values.
It is important to consider your finished look wisely. Do you need to clad or render the whole house? Cladding just the upper half of a property can be a more than effective facelift.
Before purchasing consider warranties on offer from the manufacturers, and that the material is compliant with your building insurance policy – check with your provider.
Changes to your home’s exterior appearance may be subject to planning rules set by local authorities – so always check with it first too.
Looking for a money-saving option? If you’re an experienced DIYer, you may be able to make a good job of fitting timber or composite cladding or even applying a textured render yourself. Otherwise we would always advise to look for a reputable builder or opt for a business that offers an installation service.
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