By definition, cladding is any material used to cover a structure’s exterior. This type of decorative covering is used to make the wall look like it is made out of a different material than it actually is. It is generally a non-structural element and is almost always intended to be stylistic rather than functional. This means that it doesn’t affect the integrity of a building’s architectural core.
In most cases, it’s designed to be a permanent element of the building. It can be made out of almost anything, but various metals and composite materials are most commonly used today.
Some of the most common examples are on the exterior of buildings. But it can also be used as an artistic element in interior design, and a hygienic, low maintenance option for storefront and kitchens.
Beyond improving the appearance, it can improve the energy-efficiency of the building. Additionally, it protects against the outside elements and shields against environmental conditions.
How Does Cladding Work?
Cladding is the application of one material over another to create a durable layer. In a construction application, it is used by architects and builders to serve a decorative function. It covers the unattractive substrate that underlies the surface and acts as a stabilizer. In an interior design application, it is used by designers to accent a wall or area.
Metal is a popular type of cladding, particularly for building exteriors. The finished product is generally smooth and shiny. However, it can also be textured, weathered or patterned, depending on your project’s needs.
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