Is uPVC the best material for cladding?
uPVC is one of the most widely used materials in construction. It’s used for a wide variety of things, including the manufacture of windows and doors and it’s also favoured for cladding, fascias and soffits. It’s widely used because it’s durable and inexpensive and unlike timber, which for thousands of years has been used in construction, it won’t rot or corrode.
Cladding is an essential element of a home’s exterior. Cladding forms a watertight barrier on walls and prevents moisture from penetrating the fabric of a building. Without cladding, a building’s very foundations would be susceptible to the elements.
uPVC reigns supreme as the best cladding material on modern buildings with a wide range of benefits which include:
- Durability; no softening materials used in uPVC;
- Much cheaper than the traditional choice of wood for cladding;
- Minimal maintenance;
- Helps improve a home’s insulation;
- Modernises a property;
- Wide range of colours available;
- Diverse finishing effects, such as different types of wood (oak, mahogany, rosewood etc.);
- Significantly less maintenance required;
- Almost unnoticeable difference between cost-effective uPVC and exclusive timber;
- Excellent protection from salt water and acid rain.
uPVC cladding installation
uPVC cladding can replace existing timber cladding or it can replace older, dirty PVC cladding that was installed during the 80s when manufacturing was not as quality conscious. Modern uPVC cladding will last for over 30 years and over the last twenty years various textured finishes have come to market which replicate the look and feel of timber. This means that uPVC can be installed on period properties, without sacrificing any character or charm.
uPVC cladding installation is relatively simple. A professional roofing company will be able to install new cladding on a medium sized property within a few days. In terms of cost, you should budget a couple of thousand at least for a typical 3 bed semi. While a roofer is working on your cladding, it might be worth having new guttering installed too, especially if your new cladding will not match your old guttering in colour or material.
Alternatives to uPVC
The main alternative to uPVC is timber. If properly installed, timber cladding can last for upwards of 20 years. However, it requires more maintenance over time. uPVC cladding by comparison is low maintenance and lower cost. It might not look quite as stylish as timber cladding, but how often do you focus on this element of your home? And furthermore, for many people the additional weatherproofing of uPVC sways them away from timber.
If you require new cladding on your property, we recommend uPVC. Call us on 0800 037 5669 or from your mobile on 07947 272 606 or fill in our online enquiry form to get started.