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The Advantages of Cladding your Commercial Building

When you need to overhaul a commercial building, one of the best solutions to consider is cladding. Cladding is a technique of adding a material envelope to your building using materials like galvanised steel, aluminum, stone, or wood. It can transform the appearance of your property while providing many functional benefits.

Cladding your building is as if you are giving a new dress to wear. Some building styles can look old and dated after several years, making it unprofessional and unattractive to clients.. Re-dressing the exterior with the help of an experienced main contractor will make it desirable once again with the right design and materials. If you want to give your commercial property a new look, here are several benefits to installing cladding:

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How Do We Prevent Another Grenfell?

Cladding in construction is used to provide thermal insulation, some degree of weather resistance, and aesthetic improvements to a building’s exterior wall. It can be fashioned out of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials that are a combination of those materials. The cladding is usually installed with an air cavity between the cladding and the building’s exterior wall to facilitate water rundown.

While usually helpful and effective in doing its intended purpose, the cladding in buildings has been under scrutiny due to the role that it played on the disaster at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The 2017 fire, which claimed 72 lives and injured 70 others, was said to have been exacerbated by the building’s flammable cladding, which helped spread the fire from the lower floors all the way to the top. The incident has since brought attention to the practice of using combustible material for cladding, especially in high rise buildings.

Investigations have concluded that the cladding, which was made of flammable aluminium composite materials (ACM), was chosen to save on the cost.

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What You Need To Know About ACM Cladding

While aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding gives a beautiful touch to any building as well as offers protection for inner layers acting as a rain screen. As alluring as the metallic finish looks to people passing by, keep in mind that the use of ACM cladding materials has been carefully monitored and now heavily regulated since the Grenfell Tower fire.

An expert advisory panel advised the government to undertake identification screening of residential buildings that tower over 18 metres tall for safety measures. ACM claddings come in different types, which means that to be able to utilize these for your structure, you may need an inspection beforehand.

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