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- So what exactly is Roof Cladding?
As one of Ireland's premier providers of quality roof cladding, we're surrounded by various types of cladding daily. However, we know that some people won't understand cladding and what it's actually used for. In this article, we hope to answer some of the questions individuals have about cladding. WHAT IS CLADDING In the broadest strokes possible, roof cladding is used to cover a roof, sealing a property against the elements. Suitable cladding should, of course, keep a property's interior dry and warm. However, while most people likely have a clear idea of what cladding is, some will still have questions regarding the different types of cladding. Most cladding falls into the below categories: Fibreglass Cladding Plastic Roof Cladding Fibre Cement Cladding Copper Cladding Steel Cladding Let's discuss the various cladding types in detail. FIBREGLASS CLADDING First created back in the 1940s, fibreglass is one of the most used pieces of manufactured materials. Fibreglass is an excellent cladding solution as its robust and has a reported service life of 100 years. Fibreglass can also be moulded to any shape making it a perfect cladding solution for any roof. PLASTIC ROOF CLADDING When people mention plastic cladding, minds inevitably wander to plastic sheets over conservatories. Along with transparent plastic cladding, a wide variety of plastic cladding options are available. Plastic is strong and light and can be moulded to various textures and shapes. FIBRE CEMENT CLADDING This material is a mixture that includes cellulose and cement. For those with a limited budget, fibre cement is an excellent alternative to roof slates. What's more, the flexibility of this cladding means it can be painted to your unique requirements. This is a fire-resistant material that has a lifespan of about 40 years. COPPER CLADDING Copper is probably the oldest material still being used on roofing cladding. It had an incredibly long service life. There are quite a lot of copper roofs still in use that are well over 100 years old. The natural colour of a copper roof is attractive; therefore, this roof is often used in churches, etc. STEEL CLADDING Steel cladding is cost-effective and robust and used in buildings like manufacturing plants, factories, workshops and warehouses. There is a range of steel roofing types, corrugated steel roofs being the most common. Steel roofing has a service life of about 50 years. Hopefully, the above has given you a better understanding of roof cladding. Still not sure what the right cladding is for your structure? Please get in touch with us today; our experts will provide you with the best advice possible.