Your walls are susceptible to all kinds of damage, and the best way to protect them is to use cladding. To make sure you are choosing the best cladding for your home or commercial property, you must first know the different types of interior wall cladding. There are many advantages and disadvantages of all materials, which we have detailed below so you can make the best decision.
Your guide to the differnt types of interior wall cladding
If you are renovating your home or office, cladding is definitely worth considering. Internal wall cladding is renowned for adding depth and character to any room while the sound and thermal insulating qualities it provides have proven to be beneficial for private and commercial properties alike. Restaurants, hotels, offices and gyms all utilise wall cladding for their interiors as they can completely transform the whole space without the need for any major construction. However, like most things, cladding is not exempt from deteriorating over time. For this reason, we offer onsite spraying and commercial spraying services to keep it looking brand new. The material of the cladding will determine how often it will need to be sprayed, so carry on reading to find out about the various materials used for cladding, the maintenance they require and their pros and cons.
PVC is one of the most common materials used for interior wall cladding because it is exceptionally durable. Plastic wall cladding has the ability to withstand extremes of heat, cold and damp – some can even withstand hurricane-strength winds! In comparison to other materials used for cladding, such as wood, brick and stone, PVC cladding is very cost effective. This type of cladding can easily retain its look and shape for many years, saving you money in the long term on repairs and replacements. However, it is not indestructible, so if you find your cladding has been damaged in any way, our cladding panel repair service can help restore your property to its prime condition. PVC cladding is ideal for your interior walls as it makes them easier to clean and they come in a huge range of colours, meaning you can choose a style to match your decor.
Most metal cladding panels are made from aluminium or steel, which are arguably the most popular and advantageous materials to use. As well as providing the ultimate protection, metal cladding is easy to transport and install as a result of innovative lightweight aluminium honeycomb cores. It should also be noted that metal cladding panels can be made from recycled materials, making it a very eco-friendly wall lining solution. Furthermore, being made from common metals means that when their useful life as cladding comes to an end, they can be recycled. This is beneficial for the environment as it significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with metal cladding panels.
The International Building Code, created by the International Code Council, recognises metal building materials as non-combustible. While this doesn’t mean that buildings which have used metal cladding are exempt from fire regulations, it does mean that the significant advantages of using non-combustible metal panels compared to wood and other materials are recognised. Being non-combustible is an important feature to consider when picking your interior wall cladding as it improves the safety of your property. However, it should be noted that even though metal cladding may be non-combustible, it can still deteriorate in appearance over time and suffer from damage and general wear and tear. If this is the case, instead of spending an unnecessary amount of money on replacements, take advantage of our specialist metal effects coatings and create bespoke cladding panels, perfect for adding a personal touch to your interior.
Aside from practical and safety reasons, metal cladding is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing options. This type of cladding is available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, including sleek stainless steel and rustic mental, making it easy to find cladding panels to complement your interior design.
Wooden cladding is an ultra-modern way to add style and character to your interior and is considerably stronger than aluminium and vinyl alternatives. Aesthetically, wooden cladding is hard to compete with as there are so many styles available. This type of cladding is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, for example, you could opt for a single accent wall, follow it through onto the ceiling, or take it to the next level with an entire cocoon of warmth and texture. One of the most notable advantages of timber cladding is, of course, it’s environmentally friendly nature. As a renewable, sustainable and recyclable material, wood cladding has become a staple for eco-homes across the world. As impressive as wooden cladding is, its biggest downfall is the maintenance it requires. Not all wood is naturally resistant to rot and decay, so to keep it looking its best, a protective coating may need to be applied to prevent any unattractive issues. If you do decide to utilise wooden cladding and it begins to look lacklustre and dull, you can rejuvenate it by painting it or applying a stain. To do this, you will to apply a good primer beforehand as it will not only protect your timber cladding, but it will ensure that you will end up with a professional and smooth finish. Alternatively, if DIY is not your forté, our fully qualified team are experienced with internal coatings and can easily improve your cladding by applying a perfectly blended layer of paint.
In comparison to brick cladding, stone is considered to be a more fresh and natural alternative. Stone cladding is very popular for interior design, with many people using it in their bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens. This type of cladding has a huge visual impact, is cost-effective and durable, making it the perfect addition to any interior. The natural texture and tonal variation of stone boats authentic quality, effortlessly adds depth to a room and helps connect your interior to the surrounding landscape. Stone is also one of the few materials that actually improves over time, so very little maintenance is required. Probably the biggest benefit of stone cladding is its versatility. Internally, you can use stone wall cladding to finish off a fireplace, as a bathroom feature wall or to create a visual division in an open floor plan.
Improving your interior one panel at a time
There is no denying that cladding can significantly improve the appearance of your home or commercial property interior. No matter what material you use, you are guaranteed to benefit from an aesthetically pleasing space with long-lasting results.