Over the last few years you may have heard of the word ‘cladding’ in relation to some of the issues that have been caused in commercial and industrial buildings. Cladding is an incredibly important part of any building construction as it essentially the application of one type of material over another one that will provide a protection layer or extra skin that helps with insulation. It also helps to prevent the elements such as wind, rain and snow from penetrating the internal structure of the building and causing damage and further issues. Cladding also helps to create an internal environment that can be controlled and allows for the temperature to be adjusted using the relevant heating system within. The addition of these materials can also help to create a sound barrier allowing for a quieter internal environment than that of the immediate outside environment. It is important that any cladding work is carried out by a professional company to ensure that it is put in place correctly and that the correct materials are used for the works.

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Industrial Cladding such as that found at places like https://www.modbayltd.co.uk/industrial-roofing-wall-cladding/ can improve the look of a building as well as helping with weather resistance and creating an insulation layer. There is often a cavity layer between the external building material such as concrete and the cladding material. It is this layer that allows for the insulation layer to be created. Cladding itself is not a structural element in building construction, in that it is not load bearing,  but is attached to the external building structure that is already in place.

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Cladding is an umbrella term that covers a number of different materials that can all be used to achieve the same outcome. Either to provide insulation for a domestic property or commercial building, or to improve the exterior aesthetics of the building. There are a number of different materials that can be used to create cladding, from brick, metal and wood right through to recycled polystyrene and other fibres. It is important that the material chosen is fit for the intended purpose and that it is also checked for its fire safety levels. The chosen material will determine the levels of protection that are given to the property, the noise reduction levels as well as the thermal insulation levels that can be achieved.