PVC Cladding and rendering are two different types of improvements that can be carried out on the exterior of a home or building. Both are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with PVC cladding becoming a firm favourite with many homeowners across the South West. Each has its own list of benefits and uses. Cladding and rendering can make a massive difference to your home’s appearance, structure, and value. But which is best for your home and how do you decide?

What is Rendering?

Rendering is best described as an external wall covering that is applied to a property by a qualified and competent plasterer or rendering professional. These individuals are specially trained in applying a layer of sand, cement mix, and a mixture of waterproofing solution and lime to the exterior of a property. It is then finished with a top coat of specific paint to help it remain protected. The sand used for rendering tends to be more coarse than the usual bricklaying sand making it more fine and clear of impurities.

How Long Does it Last?

Depending on the smoothness of the job, the condition of the walls prior to application and with the modern acrylic or plant-based renders, you can expect rendering (when done correctly) to last a number of years however, the appearance of render can quickly deteriorate due to a buildup of mould and algae which require professional cleaning to remove it. Often rendering can look tired and dirty within a few short years

What is PVC Cladding?

PVC Cladding is rapidly becoming a preferable alternative to render. While they are both used to improve the exterior of a property and give it a more attractive look, cladding ticks many more boxes. It is more of an insulator to protect against adverse weather conditions, noise, and is fire resistant. Cladding comes in a wide range of materials and creates a more durable exterior, improving the home’s appearance but, in the long run, cladding helps the building to last longer. North Somerset cladding can also provide a high level of sound and thermal insulation that is also fire resistant.

The Benefits of PVC Cladding

Somerset PVC cladding offers a vast amount of benefits to any home or building. As well as improving the appearance of the exterior and adding value, some other positives include;

  • Low maintenance due to its durability and easy cleaning features
  • Cladding is known to increase the mechanical strength of any building
  • Offers protection from a range of elements – especially beneficial in coastal areas
  • Buildings with cladding are more resistant to cracks caused by temperature or climate change
  • Protects from damage caused by water absorption, sunlight, and all kinds of pollution
  • Lasts longer than rendering
  • Provides a high level of insulation

Cladding is also available in several different materials. Here in Weston super Mare, the most favored and popular material is PVC cladding. It looks great, is easy to clean and provides great insulation. It is rapidly becoming the top material for domestic cladding being used in the construction of many new builds. It is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing materials used for cladding.

Other Materials Include:

  • Stone cladding
  • Vinyl cladding
  • Brick cladding
  • Glass cladding
  • Timber cladding
  • Weatherboard cladding
  • Fibre cement cladding
  • Metal cladding

It is vitally important you choose the right material for cladding, and our Somerset and North Somerset cladding service, can help you with just that. One of our trained and skilled professionals will be on hand to offer support and advice on what material is best and will give your home a clean and beautiful finish.

How Long Does PVC Cladding Last?

Cladding boards are expected to last an average of 50 years if not more!. In fact, we offer a 50 year guaranteed on all of our cladding work. This makes cladding a lower maintenance and more cost effective alternative to rendering in the long run. Although sometimes more expensive than rendering, cladding is guaranteed to last longer and this reflects in the cost.

Do I Need Planning Permission When Cladding My Home?

Just like rendering, planning permission is normally not required for cladding a home as it is classed as repairs, maintenance and minor improvements. As long as the materials used are similar to those used in construction you are not required to submit any applications. If your house is a listed building or sits in a conservation area, you will require the correct planning permission when cladding your property.

Deciding to render or use cladding on your home can be a difficult decision. Our team are here to talk you through the positives and negatives, the pros and the cons and more importantly, what will be best for you and your property. Give us a call on 01934 824005 to discuss in more detail and receive a quote from one of our highly trained experts.