Building a new home requires a lot of decision-making brainpower. You will be faced with multiple options along the way, from what colour to paint the walls to which tapware to use in the kitchen. One of the biggest decisions you’ll make is selecting a material for the exterior cladding.
Unlike other materials, cladding is clearly visible and sets the style for your home. You’ll want to choose a material that is tidy, durable and aesthetically pleasing.
According to a report by Perceptive Research, 71 per cent of people look to their builder or designer for advice on exterior cladding. However, cladding is often a matter of personal preference. What if you disagree with your builder or designer about which material to use? How can you convince the ‘experts’ to let you make this decision?
Below are some ideas to help you get the cladding you want for your new home.
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Do your homework
If you want to hold some decision-making sway when it comes to cladding, it’s time to do your research. Read up on different cladding materials on the internet, or speak to a wide variety of builders, designers and fellow home owners about the pros and cons of each option. For example stay away from uPVC if you like dark colours, or if you are the type of person who repaints the exterior of their home every 5 years.
Use our checklist to choose the right type of exterior cladding
Once you’ve decided which material to use, talk to your builder. Let them know why you chose this particular type of cladding and expand on the benefits. By doing your own homework, you’ll be able to convey your thoughts with clarity and confidence.
Work with cladding Experts
Try to hire builders who have experience with your preferred cladding material. As there are many types of cladding on the market, not all builders will know how to install every option. It makes sense to work with a builder who has been specifically trained in installing the cladding you require. This will give you peace of mind that the job will be completed to a high standard.
Don’t be afraid to wait
Deciding which cladding to install can take time, especially if you have several options. Try to avoid rushing the process; it’s better to take your time to invest in external cladding you’re not sure about. Remember to consider factors such as weather tightness and durability when it comes to making a decision, as well as ask friends and family for their recommendations. Most of all, trust yourself to make the right call instead of handing the decision-making power over to someone else. After all, this is your home.
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