Protecting your building from the effects of weathering and water penetration is an essential part of all building work, but cladding and render decisions are usually based on aesthetics rather than purely weatherproofing the underlying materials.
These materials can be used to help a building blend into its surroundings, using natural materials for cladding or colours that suit the local vernacular, or force it to stand out. If you are building in a conservation area, it is likely that these materials will be prescribed by the planning office as part of the agreement to build.
Choosing the right render is a case of balancing priorities and often compromising on one quality to ensure that you have another. There is a huge range of rendering systems available on the market including traditional lime, cement, polymer, monocouche, acrylic, insulated, and coloured renders.
Lime render, for example, is incredibly breathable and flexible which makes it well suited to older or timber framed builds. Polymer options contain silicone water repellents and often don’t require a base coat, while insulted render is an excellent way to reduce the carbon footprint of a building and reduce the amount of heat lost through the walls.
Profiled walls and natural wood cladding are both popular options for creating contrast on buildings and providing a sense of scale on larger builds. These materials are considered over the long term rather than just the initial ‘fresh’ look; untreated cedar cladding gradually turns silver, while metal cladding can be coated to encourage plant growth.
Materials are a priority consideration when designing and planning every build. If there are materials that are necessary for planning approval, our architects will advise you as part of the planning stage to ensure that you have the best chances of success and a building that reflects your needs.