A Comprehensive Guide to Industrial Wall Cladding

Industrial Wall Cladding
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: March 15, 2023
  • Updated On: January 17, 2024

Cladding is a term used in construction to refer to when a new material is installed on top of another material to form a protective skin and increase the aesthetic appeal of a building. Cladding can be done internally and externally to protect the walls against the harmful effects of weather. Adding a layer to an existing wall helps protect it from weather elements such as wind, snow, heavy rain, and sun. 

In construction, industrial cladding help improves weather resistance, thermal insulation, and visual appeal. The cladding system ensures that water or other chemicals don’t come into contact with the original materials used to construct a wall, thereby extending the lifespan of a building. 

Wall cladding Panel takes different shapes, has a wide range of benefits and requires different materials. Keep reading to learn more. 

Types of Wall Cladding

Usually, wall cladding comes into distinct types: 

1·Interior cladding 

This is layering the internal walls with another material to increase their attractiveness and protect them from water damage. 

2·Exterior cladding

The process of installing a material over the original material used to construct external walls to provide extra protection against adverse weather conditions. 

Types of Wall Cladding Materials

According to experienced industrial wall contractors, several materials can be used for wall cladding, including: 

1.   Vinyl Cladding

Vinyl cladding is ideal for those looking for a versatile material with different textures, colours, and designs. It’s cheap, durable and easy to maintain and install. Its downside is that it needs regular cleaning.

2.   Stone Cladding

Stone cladding is unrivalled for those looking for an eco-friendly, durable, and versatile material for internal and external walls. Stone cladding options include sandstone, limestone, marble, granite, and slate.

3.   Fibre Cement Cladding

This cladding system is made of cellular fibre, cement and compressed sand. Its ideal for those on a budget since it’s affordable. The installation and maintenance of Fibre Cement Cladding are less complicated. 

4.   Metal Cladding

Best suited for industrial wall cladding, metal cladding has high endurance power and can last longer. Metal sheet cladding is the most common type in the UK, especially in industries. 

5.   Brick Cladding

This cladding system uses bricks to install a protective layer around walls. It’s an excellent choice for those looking to increase their building’s appeal. Additionally, it’s popular with industrial cladding contractors due to its ease of installation and maintenance. 

6.   Concrete Cladding

Concrete is one of the new cladding materials that come as cladding tiles. Although it’s robust and durable, it takes longer to install. 

7.   Wood Cladding

Wood cladding is considered the most aesthetically appealing cladding used for the longest time. It’s excellent at insulation, durable, weather-resistant and straightforward to install. 

8.   Glass Cladding

Glass cladding is a cost-effective and practical alternative to tiling and other decorations. It’s eye-catching and ideal for different commercial exterior and interior walls. 

9.   External Foam Cladding

External foam cladding has superior insulation properties, is weather resistant and is energy efficient. It’s made from expanded polystyrene, reinforced with fibreglass, which makes it best suited for industrial wall cladding

Now that we know the different wall cladding types and materials, let’s look at some advantages of cladding. 

Benefits of Wall Cladding

  •   Protects a building from adverse weather conditions, such as rain, wind, sun and storm. 
  •   Increases the aesthetic appeal of a building
  •   Prevents destruction of original wall material, thus increasing the building’s longevity
  •     Safeguards wall material against air and chemical pollution
  •   Helps in sound insulation and absorption. 
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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.