Choosing the Right Wall Cladding

Defined as a decorative covering, interior or exterior wall cladding can add style to your project. It can sometimes even provide additional protection such as insulation or waterproofing to your existing walls. In this guide, we will look at the key characteristics you need to think about when choosing wall cladding. If you are currently looking for help choosing facade cladding, you can read our buying guide here.

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  • How can I choose the right wall cladding?

     

    HUNTER DOUGLAS Wooden Wall Cladding

    HUNTER DOUGLAS Wooden Wall Cladding

    Wall cladding is an extra layer of material added to interior or exterior walls for decoration and protection. When choosing your wall cladding, the main things to consider are where it will be installed, technical characteristics, material options and finish options.

    • How the wall cladding will be used
    • Material choice
    • Technical characteristics
    • Motif and finish options
  • How can wall cladding be used?

    WONDERWALL - Wooden wall cladding

    WONDERWALL – Wooden wall cladding

    Wall cladding is great for finishing walls with decorative designs or patterns that can mimic traditional wall constructions (such as stone or brickwork) at a fraction of the thickness. Unlike solid walls, wall cladding can be changed often to keep up with current trends.

    When considering where you want to use the wall cladding, think about how it will coordinate visually with other fittings in your project such as flooring, woodwork, doors and windows. For example, If you want your patio walls to connect seamlessly with indoor living areas, you might want to consider using the same wall cladding for the interior and exterior. Wall cladding can also be used for a single feature wall, or around fireplaces to create a focal point in a room. Think about the wall surface area that will need to be covered and the cost per square meter (or square foot) when calculating the price of the wall cladding.

  • What materials are available for wall cladding?

    NUOVA SERPENTINO D'ITALALIA Stone wall cladding

    NUOVA SERPENTINO D’ITALIA Stone wall cladding

    Wall cladding can be used to cover a multitude of surfaces and comes in a large variety of materials. Here are the most common materials used for wall cladding:

    Stone wall cladding is popular for its timeless look and can be made from real stone or engineered stone panels, which tend to be cheaper and have a more homogenous pattern and thickness.

    Cladding brick is available in a wide range of colors, style and materials. It’s relatively easy to clean, weather-resistant and fire-resistant. Cladding brick is also adapted to a number of traditional, modern and industrial styles and can even be used to fit in with surrounding buildings.

    Concrete wall cladding is versatile, low-maintenance and generally less expensive than real stone wall cladding or cladding brick. Concrete can be molded into panels to imitate brickwork, stone or even used to produce 3D geometric designs.

    Composite wall cladding can come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, motifs and panel sizes. As composite materials can be made up of different combinations of different materials, check the product specifications to make sure the one you choose is suitable for your project.

    Wooden wall cladding can add a warm natural touch to interiors and is sometimes even designed to improve room acoustics. Some designs use sustainably sourced or recycled wood. Wooden wall cladding is available in a number of patterns and 3D designs.

  • What technical characteristics do I need to consider for wall cladding?

    GEOPIETRA Mortar Fixed Cladding

    GEOPIETRA Mortar Fixed Cladding

    Make sure that the type of wall cladding you choose is appropriate for the application and the type of support. If your wall cladding will be used in outdoor or moist environments, make sure it has adequate protection.

    Wall cladding designed for outdoor use will need to be weather and fade resistant. In interiors, wall cladding used for areas such as bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes should be easy to clean and moisture-resistant, while cladding used around fireplaces will need to be fireproof.

    Consider how material, size and installation of your wall cladding can affect the budget and time to complete your project. While wall cladding panels in large formats are often quicker to install, smaller panels might be favored if they are easier to transport, handle or if the overall design is more appealing. The three most common installation methods for wall cladding are mechanical fixings (such as bolts and anchors), mortars and adhesives.

     

  • What do I need to know about wall cladding trends, motifs and finishes?

    CRAFT STONE Brick look wall cladding

    CRAFT STONE Brick look wall cladding

    Although wall cladding in traditional materials such as stone, brick and wood continues to be popular, molded materials such as concrete, composite and engineered stone have made it easier to produce a wider range of designs in larger formats. Motifs such as stone look, wood look and brick look can be produced with a variety of different colors, textures and finishes to adapt to a range of styles. For a modern look, 3D wall cladding can be an interesting alternative to traditional wall coverings, adding geometry and texture to spaces.

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