Type of Wall Claddings

Wall claddings are available in several types and forms – from normal wooden panels to 3D wall panels. Their types differ in material, texture and dimensions. Some of the common indoor wall cladding types are wood cladding, steel cladding, stone cladding, etc.

Important types of indoor wall cladding available in the market are discussed in this article.

1. Stone Cladding

Among all the cladding types, the stone cladding is regarded as the most natural and fresh-looking cladding. It can be installed over a surface either made of concrete or steel. These are referred to as lightweight simulated stone products which have a concrete type-base that facilitates its instalment.

Stone Cladding
Fig.1. Stone Cladding

Stone cladding is mainly used in the living rooms, indoor gardens and in bathroom walls. The cladding unit is highly durable but is really expensive to install.

2. Vinyl Cladding

Vinyl cladding is a plastic cladding option provided for the exterior walls of the building. It is applied mainly for small apartments, decoration and for weatherproofing. It is used by the majority of homes as it provides adequate protection and also because it is a low-cost option. When compared with wood and aluminium cladding material, this is not considered a good quality option.

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Fig.2. Vinyl Cladding; Image Courtesy: prosideselect

3. Aluminium Cladding

Aluminium cladding is costly when compared with vinyl cladding units. But aluminium cladding guarantees more durability and longer life than the vinyl cladding. These units are subjected to less maintenance or replacement over the years. Aluminium cladding is used mainly for basement and storage walls of the building. High quality and treated aluminium cladding are used for large commercial buildings and structures.

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Fig.3. Aluminium Cladding; Image Courtesy: AFS International

4. Wooden Cladding

This is one of the highly-rated claddings next to stone cladding. Wooden cladding is stronger than aluminium and vinyl cladding. Wooden cladding brings an attractive finish to the wall when installed. So this is mostly used to improve the aesthetic appearance. Cedar or redwood are mainly used to create wooden cladding units.

Wooden cladding instalment is a very expensive process. Its maintenance is also costly which makes this a costly cladding option.

Fig.4. 3D Wooden Cladding; Image Courtesy: Higgins Cladding

5. Brick Cladding

Brick cladding provides a lovely decorative look to the walls. The installation of the brick cladding unit is difficult and expensive. But in terms of maintenance brick cladding is less expensive compared with wooden cladding units. If you can’t afford wooden cladding, it is recommended to go for brick cladding units.

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Fig.5. Brick Cladding Units; Image Courtesy: Deco Stones

6. Fibre Cement Cladding

Fibre cement cladding unit is an alternative for people who are looking for strong and beautiful cladding units for the building walls. These units gain high strength and are almost similar to wooden cladding units. These unit are very easy to install and are less expensive. Fibre cement cladding units have zero maintenance.

Fibre Cement Cladding
Fig.6. Fibre Cement Cladding

7. Stainless Steel Cladding

The stainless steel cladding is a very durable cladding solution. It has high resistance to environmental effects. It is manufactured with a minimum of 10% of chromium so that when exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere an oxide of chromium is formed. This oxide forms a passive layer on the surface of the cladding that is a protecting coating towards further corrosion.

Stainless Steel Cladding Units Image CourtesyArchiExpo
Fig.7. Stainless Steel Cladding Units; Image Courtesy: ArchiExpo
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