We hear plenty of myths about wall cladding that we thought needed to be debunked right now! Read on to separate fact from fiction.
- External cladding stops buildings from breathing.
Sure, houses do need good air flow to ensure fresh air reaches residents and emissions and moisture can escape. But, external cladding does not stop buildings from breathing. Of course, homeowners still need to ensure there is adequate ventilation in their home and this can be done by opening windows and using fans.
- External cladding created mold.
It’s the complete opposite. Mold builds up from damp which is usually caused when moist and warm air in a room cools on the ceiling and walls creating condensation. External wall cladding actually works to raise the surface temperature of walls, thereby reducing temperature differences between the outside and inside, making it less likely for condensation to settle on walls.
What’s more, cladding is breathable and discourages the build-up of damp, so there is no reason for it to cause mould, so long as homeowners continue to ensure adequate ventilation.
- Cladding requires more energy to manufacture than the measure it saves over a lifetime.
Absolutely not! While we cannot deny that the energy used to manufacture a chemical-based insulation, the payback when it comes to the energy you will save through installing it makes it well worthwhile. Even with the costliest of insulating materials installed at great thicknesses, you will notice a remarkable savings on your energy bills – and you will increase the value of your property!
- External cladding can be a fire hazard.
External cladding materials are designed to be categorically fire-retardant.
- Cladding can damage your health.
External cladding materials DO NOT contain fibres that are hazardous to one’s health since they come in solid blocks and are typically sealed with a coat of render which is impermeable.
- External cladding encourages algae to grow.
Algae, while it is usually just a cosmetic problem, can be annoying for homeowners. However, external cladding is usually hydrophobic, which means that it repels water and is resistant to the growth of any vegetation. Cladding will work to keep a home looking like new, more so than bricks.
- A living roof is better than cladding.
Green roofs and walls that are planted with flowers and grass won’t have much effect on heat transfer via solid surfaces. While a living roof helps with air pollution in more densely populated areas, the only way they tend to affect temperature is by keeping walls cool in the summer months. With wall cladding, insulation offers a positive impact in both winter and summer and can prevent as much as 40% heat loss from your home.
- External cladding is not aesthetically appealing.
This is definitely a myth! External cladding can brighten up and smarten a property while working to protect the brickwork beneath it. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of colours or even covered in realistic brick slips if they wish to recreate features from certain periods.
These 8 myths should help to clear up any misunderstandings you may have had about cladding.