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Timber weatherboards, brick veneer, corrugated tin, fibre cement sheets and rendered walls are all types of external cladding. The job of cladding is to line exterior walls and protect the interior of a building from wind, rain and cold. However, it has much more than a functional role.
There’s a wide variety of cladding materials, styles, and colours to choose from. Cladding can be the key design feature which determines the style of a home, office building or apartment building. Home designs with structural wall materials like double brick or stone blocks don’t require cladding. Timber frame constructions dominate in Australia. Followed by light gauge steel frame construction. Both create an opportunity for beautiful designs using cladding.
CSR Cemintel® has an incredibly wide range of prefinished cladding and cladding that requires exterior paint. The range features products with the appearance of timber cladding, timber weatherboards, cast concrete panels and rendered masonry among others. All Cemintel’s cladding products are fibre cement or cement bonded fibrous particle board. It clearly achieves the look of other materials while providing durability and low maintenance advantages.
Frequently asked questions
What is External Cladding?
It’s the protective and decorative covering on the external walls of a building. It prevents wind and rain from entering the building. Exterior wall cladding comes in many styles. Architects and designers consider cladding selection carefully as it contributes significantly to the overall design of a building.
How do you install cladding?
External cladding is easy to install. Nevertheless, it should be installed by a qualified professional with an intermediate knowledge level of building design and construction.
Carpenters are tasked with installing most cladding. Most of the time they install it to timber frames or light gauge steel frames. They can also install it over concrete or masonry walls, providing the substrate can hold the extra weight.
Different cladding styles require different installation methods and fixings. For example, most of the Street Style cladding products can be directly gun nailed to timber. Territory™ cladding uses a clip system that’s screwed onto timber frames concealing all but a few of the fixings. Surround™ cladding, on the other hand, is fixed to metal top-hats using special rivets.
All Cemintel cladding products have comprehensive installation guides. These should be read before installation and followed during cladding installation.
Can you drill into cladding?
You can drill into external wall cladding. People drill into cladding to install exterior lights or house numbers. When attaching something heavy to cladding, it’s best to drill through the cladding and into the structural frame. It’s important to wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when drilling to protect your eyes and lungs from dust. Information is available for working safely with Cemintel.
How much does external cladding cost?
Cladding prices are for single panels or boards. This makes it difficult to compare the cost of different cladding options unless you calculate the cladding cost per square meter.
You can work out a rough cladding cost per square meter as follows:
- Determine the square metre coverage of a single piece of cladding. A Scarborough Weatherboard is (4200 x 175 mm) 4.2 x 0.175 meters. A piece covers 0.735 square metres. But that doesn’t allow for the weatherboard overlap.
- It’s more accurate if you calculate the “effective cover” That’s the size of the cladding when you take way the overlapping joints. Scarborough Weatherboards have a 25mm overlap. The effective cover of a Scarborough weatherboard is (4200 x 150 mm) 4.2 x 0.15 metres. This equals 0.63 metres per piece.
- If we divide 1 by 0.63, we find it will take 1.59 pieces of Scarborough Weatherboards to cover a square metre.
- Find a local Cemintel supplier and ask them for a price on the cladding. Suppose a single plank of Scarborough weatherboard is $5*0. We multiply that by 1.59 and the cost per square metre is $79.36.
- If you know the size of the wall you want to clad. Simply multiply the height by the length. Then multiply that by the square metre cost. Then you have a DIY cladding estimate.
A 3-metre high by 5-metre-long wall is 15 square metres. The cladding material for this wall, excluding waste, labour, accessories, and paint will be $1,190.48*.
*Pricing used in the example is loosely based on a rounded down price of single Scarborough weatherboards as quoted on the website of two Cemintel Suppliers in Sydney in August 2023.
How do you fix external cladding?
You can fix fibre cement cladding or timber cladding onto a timber frame with nails or screws. In building terminology, “to fix” means “to attach”. Similarly, nails and screws are referred to as “fixings”.
“Direct fixing” is the description used when cladding is attached directly onto a frame.
“Cavity fixing” on the other hand, is a cladding solution where battens or top hats are fixed to the frame. Then the cladding is fixed to the battens or top hats. This results in a cavity between the wall and the cladding. This can be good for moisture management and the performance of the building.
How do you clean exterior cladding?
Cladding becomes dusty and dirty over time. It’s best to clean it with warm, soapy water and a brush. Then hose off the soap. Use no more than 700psi of water pressure with a hose nozzle on fan mode at a distance of at least 500mm away from the face of the wall. Apply water pressure in a downward direction and away from joints. For more information see Cemintel’s guide to storage and handling.
Is cladding resistant to fire?
Cemintel’s range of external fibre cement cladding is deemed suitable for use in applications where non-combustible materials are specified in accordance with the building code. They’re also suitable for use in Bushfire Zones. Each cladding product has its own BAL rating (which you can find on the product page), when constructed in accordance with AS3959.
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