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Cladding on a Budget

Last Updated Jan 24, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

Cladding is the perfect way to decorate and protect your walls and it really is available in so many different systems.  However, how do you know where to start looking if you’re on a budget?  Here we’ve put together a list of some of the more economical cladding options.  If you’d like to know more, simply have a chat with your local cladding professional.

Vinyl Cladding is an Excellent Option

Perhaps the ultimate option for cladding when you’re on a budget is vinyl cladding.  Why?  Vinyl cladding is incredibly long lasting and it is practically zero maintenance, which means that once it’s installed, you can forget about it for years to come!  You don’t have to worry about painting it, treating it for termites, it fading, warping or corroding, or anything else.  You just have to give it a wash every year or so.  Vinyl cladding is also perfect if you really want the look of stone or timber cladding but can’t afford the real thing as it is available at a fraction of the cost of real stone or real timber.  Most people won’t even know it’s different unless they are looking up close.

The Style of Stone without the Cost

If you’ve got your heart set on stone cladding, you’ve probably had a look at the costs of it and realised that it can be expensive.  If your budget is tight, another option is to use wall tiles that are up to 20mm thick in the stone of your choice.  These easily affix to internal or external brick, besser, or concrete walls and look just like real stone boulders without the cost.  To keep costs down even more, avoid the temptation to use complicated borders Aor patterns.

Old but New Fibre Cement Cladding

When you think of fibre cement cladding, you might think of the old 50s and 60s houses, and thus automatically think that it’s a bit old fashioned.  That’s simply not the case anymore.  The new fibre cement is incredibly cost effective to buy and install and it is being used on even the most expensive of designer homes.  You can even render over it for smoothness and style.

Stylish Corrugated Steel Cladding

Corrugated steel may conjure up images of roofing but now it’s actually an excellent option for external walls as it gives a beautiful modern look and it’s also something that little bit different.  Being metal, it also curves well, allowing you to create looks that aren’t possible with other types of cladding.  Corrugated steel also reflects the heat, keeping your building cooler and it’s incredibly easy to install and maintain, which also helps to keep costs down.  You also have the advantage of choosing from a range of colours.
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