Exterior cladding is one of the most important aspects that ensure the longevity of any given structure. Also known as the ‘skin’ of a building, external cladding helps add a layer of protection against elements such as rain, wind, moisture, and external temperatures. While there is a wide range of exterior cladding options to choose from, it is essential to pick a cladding that is the right balance between both aesthetics and functionality. Continuing on the subject, we present a comprehensive guide to understanding the three main variants of exterior cladding.

1. HPL Exterior Cladding

Manufactured using cutting-edge technology, HPL exterior cladding offers excellent weather protection, impact resistance, and a high aesthetic appeal. Made from exclusive exterior-grade compact laminate, HPL exterior cladding is suitable for a wide range of properties including rear-ventilated facades, facade claddings, balcony claddings, partitions, and so on. Features such as anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and fire retardancy make HPL exterior cladding a superior-grade exterior cladding. Compared to several conventional cladding solutions, HPL cladding is easier to install and maintain as well. Greenlam Clads manufactures premium quality HPL cladding from compact laminates.

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2. Brick and Mortar Exterior Cladding

Bricks are also used as an exterior cladding solution. Made from natural materials such as clay soil, brick and mortar cladding is known for its durability and high thermal mass that helps capture heat for solar-powered homes. While brick and mortar cladding is known for its long-life and high-performance, producing bricks is a taxing process that emits a myriad of pollutants into the atmosphere. What’s more, the mortar that is used to bind the bricks together contains cement, which is also notorious for its high carbon footprint. Considering climate change and deteriorating environmental conditions, it is highly recommended to opt for eco-friendly cladding solutions.

3. Wood Siding Exterior Cladding

From composite wood to engineered wood siding, one can find a plethora of wood siding exterior cladding solutions. Commonly made from sawdust, wood siding cladding is known to be environmentally friendly, offers a rustic charm, and a traditional look to your property. It is much recommended to opt for FSC certified wood siding cladding to ensure that the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Wood siding cladding is often made from sawdust, which needs to be held together by glue materials that are known to emit harmful gases and VOCs such as formaldehyde, exposing residents of the property to dangerous gases and pollutants. Wood also requires constant maintenance and upkeep, pushing several property-owners towards low-maintenance exterior cladding solutions such as HPL cladding.

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The Last Word

Greenlam Clads presents a wide range of HPL exterior cladding made from environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes. Certified with a Greengaurd, Greengaurd Gold, FSC, and Green label certifications, Greenlam Clads feature excellent fire retardancy, easy installation, light-fastness, design and shade consistency and so on. Unlike conventional HPL cladding, Greenlam Clads do not emit any harmful VOCs and are completely safe to install in both residential as well as commercial properties. To learn more about our interior or exterior wall cladding materials, write to us at info@greenlam.com or simply call +91-11-4279-1399.