Cladding is nothing but an additional layer of material on walls, which provides protection and insulation but also adds an aesthetic effect. Exterior cladding is more widely used than interior cladding, but the latter is just as worthy of a good long look.

Cladding material for exterior facades is usually a non-structural material, which protects the wall against moisture, sun, and wind, while adding beauty. Varieties used widely include stone and wood finishes.

Exteriors: Common stones used are granite, limestone, marble, quartzite, slate and sandstone, which can be fixed with cement mortar. Stone as cladding is durable, but depending on the design it may not be as waterproof as other varieties. Masonry cladding involves the application of carved stone or bricks to the facade of the building, and provides good padding that’s easy to maintain. Timber cladding, used widely in Chennai, is resistant to wind and bad weather conditions, but only if the wood is treated correctly. It’s a good insulator and can be covered in a range of finishes to offer additional protection.

Other unusual materials that are trendy now are steel, aluminium, stone, Shera boards and PVC/vinyl. Steel is popular in extreme climates due to its strength and ability to withstand harsh weather

Interiors: Cladding a portion of your living, dining or bedroom wall to highlight an area or to grab attention is what interior cladding is all about. The options available are endless, especially because it does not require the specifications that exterior cladding does.

Stone is often chosen for its looks, and can be real stone, raw concrete or veneers. It gives a rustic look and is durable. Varieties include marble, granite or other natural varieties. Transparent onyx marble is a big fashion statement, and can be lit up from inside to create drama. Brick cladding is great, as you can create a variety of designs by just using different coloured bricks. You can also render over them if you choose. They are lightweight, easy to install and maintain, and provide insulation. Plywood cladding is done mainly to hide cables or wires and is a non-structural process.

( Reference: Article by NIRTHYA RAJAN ” Designer walls”  Read the full article from the Hindu )

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