Choosing the Right Wall Cladding Material

Choosing the right cladding can be a difficult task. At Austim, we specialise in all things timber, including multiple colours and finishes of indoor and outdoor timber cladding. We are also committed to providing you with the right advice and information necessary for your project.

Some things to consider when choosing a type of cladding are the location suitability, availability, and fire performance. Is the cladding going to withstand the elements? Is it easily accessible? And, does it comply with the current fire safety standards?

 

Best types of cladding for Perth

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Weatherboard

Weatherboard comes in a range of natural tones for you to choose from. Made from reconstituted hardwood or timber that can be painted or stained, weatherboard offers you the freedom to customise an inexpensive option to your liking. It can be fixed to all kinds of underlying materials like brick or fibre cement. This option leaves you with unlimited freedom to design. 

Weatherboard will offer a neat appearance, great insulation during the colder months and durability if maintained properly. Fantastic for external and internal use, this versatile product can be useful for all your cladding and lining needs. However, high maintenance is required for external cladding.

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Brick

Bricks are a unique option that is often compared to the process of cladding which adds a protective coating to the house. Bricks, on the other hand, require little maintenance and will stand up against the elements for years to come. Robust and earthy, this fire and extreme weather resistant material are ideal for Australian conditions. Easy to purchase, low maintenance and durable - properly installed brick can prove to be a great option.

Some downsides are brick’s lack of insulating ability and its limited design potential. It also has the potential for wear and tear to the mortar which can diminish structural integrity. Check with the supplier and designer for premium mortar options.

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Stone Veneer

Stone Veneer cladding gives your home an elegant and earthylook. Stone Veneer is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to install, and is a great alternative to stone. This beautiful option can be customised with cohesive colours, shapes and sizing.

Stone Veneer offers excellent insulation for the home. It can be used as an internal lining or external cladding with minimal maintenance required for both. Artificial stone veneer, however, is often mass-produced. If you look hard enough, you're likely to find two identical pieces.

Since one of the appeals of stone is its naturally unique appearance, the repetitiveness of mass-produced stone veneer siding can be a drawback.  It is also important to note that some stone veneer isn’t waterproof or fireproof, so it is essential to buy the right veneer for your climate and needs.

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Timber Cladding

Timber Cladding gives your building a timeless, warm and inviting feel. It can provide good insulation and durability to your home or business.  Timber Cladding is also easy to install, energy efficient and versatile. You can use timber cladding internally and externally.

Available across Australia, recycled timber can be used in the cladding process as an environmentally friendly alternative to new wood. Timber cladding can come in horizontal, vertical and angled profiles with a variety of timber species to choose from, giving your home or business a bold look.

Austim offers a large timber cladding and lining range with a huge number of choices to suit any project. Our timber cladding and lining range includes:

Vulcan Timber is thermally modified meaning it is durable and stable. It is H3 treated, rot and pest resistant backed up by a 25-year warranty. Vulcan Timber also comes in a range of Protector Oil colours.

Australian IronAsh or Goodwood Victorian Ashis produced by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods and is environmentally responsible, energy efficient and sustainable. This timber is beautiful, strong and durable.

 

Timber Cladding Designs

As mid-century Modernist-inspired architecture grows in popularity, crisp edges and severe materials are becoming common materials in home design. Concrete, steel, copper, timber and other industrial finishes are architectural staples that are here to stay. This is one of the reasons that timber cladding, with its warm, timeless look, has been used more and more frequently in architecture.

Timber exterior cladding is often used in projects to enhance a building’s durability as well as its aesthetics. 

Final finishes are easier to apply correctly in a factory or warehouse rather than on-site and have the potential to speed up the construction process.

Austim offers machining and pre-oiling capabilities; our two coating machines can apply oil to all four faces of timber boards, be it timber cladding, timber decking or screening.

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Ready to choose the right cladding?

It is important that whenever you are looking into any cladding, to check with the supplier to ensure the product fire safety and waterproofing approved.

Contact us to find out more information on how you can choose the right cladding for your home or business.

Mike Rowney