5 Reasons To Choose uPVC Exterior Cladding For Your Home

Posted on: 24 August 2023

Adding exterior cladding to your home can protect the property while improving everything from insulation to curb appeal. Of course, there's more than one type of cladding material, but most homeowners will find that uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) is a good option to fit their needs.

Here are just five reasons why.

1. Low Maintenance

Homeowners looking for maintenance-free house cladding will invariably find themselves considering uPVC. Unlike timber, it is completely water-resistant and does not require any retreatment or painting to keep it protected. Once it's installed, you won't need to do anything to keep it functioning properly, and all it will take to return uPVC to a like-new appearance is a quick wipe-down with soapy water.

2. Long-Lasting

uPVC cladding can endure for decades even when facing extreme climatic conditions. It isn't going to warp, shrink, rot, or twist, so it's able to put up with everything from scorching heat to heavy rainfall. It can be vulnerable to discolouration from UV light, but even this can be avoided by choosing uPVC cladding that has been treated to protect against UV damage.  

3. Lightweight

Many exterior cladding materials are quite heavy — you have only to think of materials like brick and timber. This can be an issue since heavy cladding can place additional stress on a property. Even if this is properly accounted for during installation, it tends to make fitting cladding to homes a longer and more expensive process. However, this isn't something you need to worry about with uPVC. It's one of the lightest cladding materials available, so it places very little stress on existing structures.

4. Insulation

One of the key benefits of adding cladding to your home is improving its insulation. This means your home can stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter without having to drastically increase your energy bills. uPVC is excellent in this regard, providing better heat insulation than either timber or cement.

5. Style

Cladding is typically added for practical rather than aesthetic benefits, but it's well worth taking appearances into account. With uPVC, you'll have a wide range of colour and design options that can fit with anything from the latest homes to traditional semi-detached houses. You can even choose uPVC cladding designed to closely mimic the appearance of timber, which is a great choice if you want to combine the timeless beauty of natural wood with the benefits of uPVC.

Contact a professional to learn more about options for maintenance-free house cladding