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Choosing the right type of wall cladding will mostly come down to style and appearance, but also consider cost, quality and the benefits of the materials involved when you are shopping around. We look at the approximate costs for a wide range of cladding options, as well as the applications and the final look that can be achieved for your property.

Cladding describes any type of material that covers the exterior of a building, attached either directly onto the walls or fixed to supporting battens. Cladding can offer added protection from the elements for the outside walls of a home or commercial building. Cladding can transform the look of a building, from timber cladding to fibre cement and tile cladding, each bringing its own benefits and unique set of properties.

How much do types of cladding panels cost?

Wall cladding prices vary depending on the materials and the properties each one offers for the exterior of your building. From wood, brick, and metal, to tiles and glass, the below table shows how much you might expect to pay for each wall cladding type.

Wall Cladding Costs Table

Glass cladding, per square metre, is the most expensive building material out of the range of cladding systems in our list. uPVC and metal sheets come in at the cheapest average cost per metre, however this will vary depending on the finish and thickness of the metal.

Fibre Cement Cladding

House clad in Fibre Cement Wall Cladding

Fibre Cement Wall Cladding Boards give a house a high-quality finish and feature a subtle woodgrain effect. This is a low-cost board type that also boasts low-maintenance properties so upkeep costs are minimal.

  • Fibre Cement cladding systems are popular on the exterior of residential homes, giving a durable and easy to maintain cladding surface
  • Fibre Cement cladding is a composite material made from a mix of cement, cellulose fibres, clay, iron and limestone. Sand improves the boards' resilience to weather and the elements, bonded together with water, additives and chemicals.
  • Fibre Cement cladding is an easy to install wall cladding material, using a simple feather board technique.
  • This type of wall cladding has weather resilience, with minimal expansion or contraction. Available with a woodgrain pattern, Fibre Cement panels are an attractive cladding option for a property.
  • Expect to pay from £25 per square metre.

Composite Cladding

House clad in Composite Wall Cladding

Composite cladding comes in a range of colours and finishes to suit your design. Boards have been installed vertically in Charcoal colour, pictured above, contrasting the red brick underneath. Composite cladding boards are easy to wash and work with.

  • Composite wood cladding is a popular system for homes looking for an external refresh. Many choose composite cladding as it can be installed horizontally or vertically, protecting the structural exterior or covering render or bricks on a property.
  • Composite cladding is a mixture of FSC Certified recycled wood fibres and recycled plastics, making for an environmentally-friendly, external cladding material.
  • One of the most adaptable external cladding options on the market, Composite Boards can be cut with a wood saw and finished with matching trims.
  • Composite cladding comes with a range of colours and finishes, including an original or woodgrain finish. There's also no need to sand, varnish or paint composite wood cladding boards.
  • Expect to pay from £34 per square metre.

Wood / Timber Cladding

House clad in Timber Cladding

Timber cladding is one of the most natural types of cladding. When applied to the outside of a home it looks warm and traditional. Easy to work and self build using DIY tools, timber cladding will however require annual treatment and maintenance to keep it looking new. From a structural point of view, timber is very stable and is popular with contemporary or traditional designs.

  • Timber cladding has proven to be one of the most popular cladding in recent years due to its versatility and natural properties. One of the best environmentally friendly and reusable exterior cladding systems available on the market.
  • Timber cladding can be used either indoors or outdoors, creating a natural and warm aesthetic for a house.
  • Available in varying colours and styles, timber cladding offers a wide range of options for modern cladding materials for buildings.
  • Depending on the style of your project, wood cladding can be installed in different directions to other cladding systems, for example vertically, diagonally or horizontally.
  • Wood panels come in different types, including hardwood timber, softwood timber and treated timber, providing varying weather protection properties to the external of a house.
  • Expect to pay from £40 per square metre.

Stone Cladding

House clad in Stone Cladding

Layers of natural stone make up this cladding type, creating a rustic exterior popular with houses located in more rural settings. The variations associated with stone cladding, as well as simulated stone panels, make this type of cladding a popular choice.

  • Stone cladding is a good option for a domestic property, providing a more traditional aesthetic for the exterior of a house.
  • Stone cladding is a top cladding choice for buildings that experience harsh weather conditions throughout the year. The nature of stone reduces the risk of dampness and water leaks.
  • Stone cladding can include a number of natural stone materials, such as marble, sandstone or slate. More people are choosing the more cost effective, simulated stone veneers to achieve a similar effect with lighter and cheaper materials.
  • Stones come in various sizes and cuts and can be installed in regular lengths or random patterns.
  • Expect to pay from £40 per square metre for faux stone cladding, and more for real stone cladding.

uPVC Cladding

House clad in uPVC Wall Cladding

Affordable cladding that requires little maintenance and is quick to put up and repair if needed. Commonly seen on holiday properties and rentals where cladding can be applied quickly and consistently.

  • uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinyl Compound) is one of the lowest-priced exterior cladding on the market, proving to be a popular cladding choice due to its vast colour range and lightweight properties.
  • uPVC is easy to maintain cladding, requiring very little upkeep over its lifespan. Once installed, a simple wash with warm water is generally all that's needed.
  • Offering beneficial properties, such as being fire resistant, to help prevent the spread of fire as well as being UV protected to prevent the surface from fading from exposure to the sun (be sure to check manufacturer's product information).
  • uPVC can also provide thermal qualities during cooler climates, making it ideal for holiday homes.
  • Expect to pay from £20 per square metre.

Brick Cladding

House clad in Brick Cladding Panels

Brick cladding panels can transform a house, with choices available to suit the desired style. You might be looking to replicate a brick type or pattern, or to protect the outside of a house from damage or weathering.

  • Brick cladding on exterior walls can create the same appearance as normal bricks with the added bonus of convenience of installation. Provided in panels, this cladding type can be customised to suit your home.
  • Bricks come in a variety of colours and styles to suit, which is why a lot of homeowners will choose this cladding type over others.
  • Contemporary designs or more traditional brick layouts are available that will blend with the surrounding elements of the exterior of the home. Brick cladding creates a modern, long-lasting wall exterior.
  • Expect to pay from £35 per square metre.

Metal Cladding

House clad in Metal Cladding

Metal cladding materials can be seen on agricultural and commercial buildings, offering an easy to clean metal cladding surface that reflects the industry it represents.

  • Metal cladding is commonly used to cover industrial buildings providing durable exterior cladding.
  • Steel and aluminium are popular metal choices producing a grey sheen to the exterior, with many other colours and finishes available.
  • Metal cladding can provide extra protection from fire, being a non-combustible material. Aluminium is mostly chosen for this purpose.
  • Metal cladding provides a good level of insulation for the building and is a long lasting material that is preferred for larger industrial buildings.
  • The chosen material for industrial applications, metal cladding benefits from its rigidity and industrial appearance.
  • Expect to pay from £23 per square metre.

Tile Cladding

House clad in Tile Cladding

Tile is a popular choice for homes looking to stand out and increase curb appeal. Tile cladding provides insulation and protection from the elements. Shown in green colour above, these can blend into the natural surroundings.

  • Tile cladding panels are commonly seen on internal applications but are also popular on external walls. Tiles can be customised to create different patterns or simply one complete pattern across a building.
  • A variety of colours and finishes makes this type of cladding very adaptable for creative applications. Hanging tiles can give a more traditional appearance, but can come with a higher price tag (£46 per square metre).
  • Handmade tiles can give a building a more modern appearance, increasing expenditure on the initial outlay.
  • Insulation properties make the tiles the ideal choice for colder climates.
  • Expect to pay from £28 per square metre (price depends on the style and finish)

Glass Cladding

House clad in Glass Cladding

Glass cladding panels create a modern external aesthetic to a property, providing plenty of natural light into the building. External wall panels made of glass are a pricey option per square metre, although are low maintenance.

  • Glass cladding has proven to be a popular choice for architects looking to make a statement on a building. From the Lourve Museum in Paris to The Shard in London, glass cladding is commonly applied to a business or commercial project for prominence and style.
  • Glass cladding is low-maintenance and requires annual cleaning. Being weather-resistant, glass cladding is a popular choice for a large building, as it doesn't warp or change shape over its lifespan.
  • Lightweight panels mean glass cladding can be installed easily on support battens, and custom shapes are easy to achieve.
  • Expect to pay from £500 per square metre.

Conclusion:

The choice of cladding will come down to how you want the exterior of your home to look, the performance and quality of materials, and their differing properties. Pick the cladding type that best suits your budget and application. Be sure to gain professional advice before choosing your cladding.

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