Traditionally, the primary function of cladding is to protect a structure from the damages that rain can bring. It serves as a rain screen, preventing water from penetrating walls. Many homes in NZ feature these protective systems, as they reduce the potential for condensation.
Cladding has gone a long way; you will now find these materials in a wide array of types and styles. These do not only provide protection from inclement weather, but also enhance the overall appearance of a building’s façade and reinforcing the strength of walls.
Uncoated walls, especially their exterior side, easily absorb water. When too much water penetrates the walls, it increases the risk of increased indoor condensation. High-quality exterior cladding creates a weathertight and extremely airtight coating that seals the surface of a wall. No matter how hard the rain or inclement the weather is, walls coated with top-notch cladding will considerably minimise their water absorption.
More than just great-looking walls
Nu-wall Aluminum Cladding noted that cladded walls give you more than just aesthetically pleasing walls. Almost all types, including textured cladding, will provide your home with protection from external elements—with some even boasting of thermal insulation-improving qualities. With cladding materials having undergone significant improvements over the years, residential property owners can now enjoy the benefits they provide to commercial buildings for a more affordable price.
Accurate installation for superior weathertight performance
It is extremely important that installers incorporate movement control expansion or control systems into the final cladding. They should do so while still ensuring the finished coating remains in accordance with the requirements set by the manufacturer. This is primary because the cladding’s weathertight and airtight performance depends greatly on accurate installation.
As a final reminder, make sure you do your research and ask the cladding’s manufacturer and installer for warranties and structural compatibility.