Also referred to as metal siding, aluminium (or “aluminum”) cladding is a material used to finish the exterior of a structure. Compared to the increasing costs of other cladding materials, aluminium siding has evolved into a low maintenance and efficient substitute in home construction.
Aluminium cladding completes the exterior finish of the associated structure and prevents elements such as wind, water, and temperature from gaining access. The corrosion resistant material is easily installed to the structure via aluminium nails or fasteners.
Aluminium cladding is often referred to as the skin of the structure and therefore displays the exterior appearance. A variety of styles and colors are available on the panels, which can be positioned horizontally or vertically to the structure. Textures similar to the appearance of wood and shingles are also available.
Minimal maintenance is required on aluminium cladding particularly due to its reaction to sunlight and water. Other forms of cladding, such as steel, conflict with these elements and rust easily. However, aluminium cladding may be susceptible to damages inflicted by severe weather.
Compared to wood and other metal materials, aluminium siding is a significantly more cost-efficient option for home builders. It is also easily recyclable and fire-resistant.
Unfortunately, aluminium cladding fails to provide additional insulation and is not recommended in locations experiencing severe weather conditions. Though the material is considered reusable, toxic paints and finishes may not similarly be environmentally friendly.