When it comes to protecting your building, the first place to look is the roof. And one of the most popular choices for both commercial and industrial properties is roof cladding. This hard-wearing solution offers exceptional protection against adverse weather conditions and general wear-and-tear. You’ll likely have spotted roof cladding on many buildings but may not know whether it is the best solution for you. That’s where our guide comes in. Here, we’ll lead you through everything from why you should choose roof cladding through to what the different types available are.
So, let’s start with the basics – what exactly is roof cladding? In short, it is a specialist, waterproof material used on roofs to form the outside/external surface. This provides a layer of protection for the important, structural elements below. There are various roof cladding options available on the market, some of which we will discuss later, but all of them will offer a basic set of benefits for the building owner.
Cladding isn’t the only option out there when it comes to protective roof solutions. However, there are many reasons why it may be the optimal choice. Let’s take a look at some of the Pros and Cons to help you better understand if it’s the right solution for you.
If you’ve decided that roof cladding is a strong runner for your building, it’s time to look at the different types available on the market.
Available in a wide variety of colours, steel cladding is one of the most popular options. This is down to its cost-effective pricing and longevity. Steel roof sheets are normally galvanised with a zinc or zinc aluminium alloy which heightens its strength.
As one of the most sustainable options on our list, wood or timber roof cladding has two components – a watertight membrane and an overclad top layer. With high impact resistance and good insulation properties, it is a popular choice for residential properties.
A cost-effective alternative to other roof types, composite cladding is non-structural and lightweight. It can be made from expanded polystyrene and has very high insulation properties. If you’re looking to create an eco-friendly property, composite cladding is a viable option.
Entirely manmade, fibre cement cladding is normally used as an alternative to wood or PVC options. It can be made in a variety of colours and finishes which also being very budget-friendly and low-maintenance.
For a very traditional look, stone cladding uses very thin sheets of natural stone. It is primarily an aesthetical choice which is quick to install and has impressive longevity. It is also easy to install and requires minimal labour costs.
Normally made from reconstituted hardwood, weatherboard roof sheets can be painted or stained to suit your home. As with other options, they are extremely hard wearing and are quick to fit.
The longevity and lifespan of your roof cladding will depend, largely on the material chosen. Other contributing factors include the general weather conditions in your area, the likelihood of impact from external sources and how well it is fitted in the first place.
Metal or steel cladding, which is one of our specialisms here at Industrial Roofing Services, can last upwards of 50 years. This is why it is a popular choice for commercial warehouses and industrial properties. If the wooden cladding is treated and maintained properly, it can also last anywhere between 40 – 60 years – however, remember that degradation of wood happens from the moment it is cut. Again, fibre-cement cladding has a lifespan expectancy of at least 40 years And, stone cladding is the most variable with suggestions of between 20 to 75 years, depending on the product used.
Roof cladding is a popular choice for many reasons – many of which we have mentioned in this guide. If you would like more information about steel roof cladding or any of the other options listed here, our expert team is always on hand to help. Get in contact today to discover more.