The use of cladding in building is not new, but over the ages the materials have improved significantly. The first instances of cladding can be seen everywhere, from the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt through to the Anglo Saxon houses and timber cladding of Germanic tribes.
From ancient times until the 19th Century, the cladding in use was a hard material like wood or stone, or something that would react to corrosion like copper, brass and bronze.
Cladding was applied to the building in various ways, though one of the most common methods was to place an exterior layer of individual bricks, clay tiles or shingles which were then held in place with mortar, wood or pegs.
So why use cladding in a construction project? The main reason for choosing cladding is that it adds a layer of protection to a building. Cladding actually increases the mechanical strength of any building, while offering protection from a range of elements. Buildings that incorporate cladding are more resistant to cracks caused by temperature or climate change, water absorption, sunlight and all kinds of pollution compared to non clad structures. Cladding surfaces can also offer protection from rain, humidity, mould and strong winds.
Importance of Cladding
External cladding scores in a number of ways – including its protection against weather elements, relatively lower maintenance (as compared to the exterior finish of painting) which is achieved by a mere regular washing, ability to reduce water absorption into the building, providing resistance to pollution and increasing the mechanical strength of a structure. It further provides thermal insulation and reduces the temperature variation inside the building and improves the acoustic.
Benefits of Cladding Your Home
Cladding protects your building’s structure from wind and rain, allowing your building to last longer. It is very effective in creating an insulation shield for your home, as well as being an attractive design solution.
Buildings are constantly being exposed to the elements and as a result, experience natural wear and tear of the structure and build. With cladding, you can minimise much of the damage to your home and enjoy a range of other benefits including:
- Noise control
- Heat control/insulation control
- Deterioration avoidance
- Greater environmental focus
- Greater breathability of walls
- Improved aesthetic appeal of your home
In iCloudHomes we are using FunderMax products,Contributing to green concepts in buildings, FunderMax offers to its customers green products and is a part of IGBC and few ongoing Green building projects too. Elaborating on this, Dr Reddy says,” Traditionally and in general, Indian facades are all closed systems, but contrarily FunderMax being a natural material follows the Rear Ventilated Façade system concept which helps not only in thermal insulation of buildings, thereby saving energy costs of heating / cooling, good acoustics but also makes the building sustainable by increasing the lifespan of building. One could get upto 6 LEED points using FunderMax panels.” Additionally, the firm is coming up with energy efficient façades, Spandrel area cladding (Part of Glazing) and artificial walls (unitized system).
Max Exterior from FunderMax, is a highly durable exterior wall cladding product that is constantly undergoing further development to ensure both of these aspects can be depended upon. Just as the range of rainscreen applications is becoming increasingly diverse, so the range of decors is also achieving continually new dimensions in terms of nuances and variety. Now you can even choose your very own ‘individual’ décor for your rainscreen cladding so that you can really express your creativity. FunderMax exterior wall cladding collection remains true to its success factors and, whatever décor is used, will always stand for consistent protection and uncompromising strength. As a contemporary, cost effective rainscreen facade it is resistant in the face of all external influences.