Cladding on the side of a multi-storey building

How To Know If Your Buildings Cladding Is Safe

The majority of buildings are designed to house and protect people and/or businesses. The majority do this extremely well, but like the contents or people, buildings need protecting too.
One element of a buildings external protection is its outer layer, it’s envelope you could say, and one product which is being used more and more to do this is cladding. Cladding is an addition to your facilities outer surfaces, protecting it from extreme weather, offering thermal insulation, and improving the building’s aesthetics.

Unfortunately, some building cladding can be incredibly hazardous, especially when it comes to fire. This is because some claddings are/were manufactured from combustible material that may aid in the spread of fires and cause a real threat to people’s safety.  This was seen before in instances such as the tragic Grenfell fire. If you own a building, it is wise to call your cladding contractors to inspect the property for safety reasons. Here are additional ways to ensure that your buildings cladding is safe:

Bring in, or discuss your cladding with an expert contractor

One great way to understand if your cladding is safe is by discussing your situation with a cladding contractor or inspection house. This way, you will be able to figure out what is currently installed, or due to be installed, along with discussing the alternative products and specifications for use on your building.

If there is dangerous cladding in place, then putting in a plan to replace with safer materials is a must, lowering the risk to all those working or living in the property.

Speak to your property manager

If you are a tenant of a building, or reside in a block of residential apartments, you should know that you have the right to enquire about your building’s safety. One way to tell if your building’s cladding is safe is by speaking to the property manager.

If you are renting a space, your estate agent will provide the necessary contact information of your apartment or building’s property managers.

Review local government regulations

If you have enough information about your building and the products and materials used to build it, it is best to review government legislations about structures and necessary risk assessments.

It is the landlord’s/freeholders responsibility to understand the government requirements. Understanding these and staying up to date will help you keep track of what is required to ensure building safety. You will need to carry out risk assessments and comply with your local government’s building, health, and fire safety regulations.

Many government organisations inspect and identify buildings that do not comply with safety standards and laws. You should always make sure that your building follows all necessary regulations to make sure that everyone is safe, and your business is protected.

Replace all combustible material

Not all claddings are safe and fire-resistant. When you speak to your inspectors or cladding contractors, discuss the type of material your building’s cladding has, and ask them to replace it with a non-combustible material for everyone’s safety.

Because of recent events, many homeowners and business owners are required by law to ensure their cladding is safe. Changes are being made across the UK by landlords and owners, many are still in the works but you must ensure that the cladding used has passed safety standards.


It is your responsibility to know if your building’s cladding ensures everybody’s safety, or if you are putting them at risk, even unintentionally. Working with a reputable cladding contractor will help you figure out the most effective materials to use in protecting your building, the tenants and your business. Full understanding of the materials and situation is crucial in ensuring safety.

Are you looking for cladding advice, support and service for your property? StanLil can offer you these services. We are a team of expert main contractors and fit out specialists covering the UK and the South of England and we provide exceptional services for commercial and residential properties.

We offer full scale build and fit out services across all industries and also provide cladding solutions. Check out our services or give us a call on 01243 558075 to discuss.

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It is a venture that involves your full attention and expert, experienced contractors to bring your ideas and needs to fruition.  There are however a few common themes we have seen in the pre-construction phase that can turn the journey into a money, or time pit.

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Whatever purpose that may be, you need the right contractor to ensure the success of your construction or renovation project. These professionals have the experience and the expertise needed to deliver your requirements from start to finish without any problem.

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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:


Cladding provides thermal insulation 

Cladding systems can help retain heat within your structure. It also keeps warmth from escaping quickly through porous concrete walls. Insulation is installed in between the cladding material and the surface of the concrete exterior, making it easier for the building’s heating system to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.


Cladding increases a building’s resistance to extreme weather conditions

 Cladding is as much a practical solution as it is an aesthetic one. By having a main contractor add an envelope to your building, you increase its overall mechanical strength. When it has this exterior shield, the building becomes less prone to the effects of weather damages like holes and cracks. Cladding helps the building’s exterior withstand drastic changes in temperature, prevent water absorption, and minimise exposure to the sun which can not only ruin the outer appearance but weaken it as well.


The right cladding will improve your commercial property’s value

With cladding, you can increase the value of your property without massive demolition and reconstruction work. You can give the facade a more modern, contemporary look if its previous state is dull and unattractive. Newer buildings tend to command higher rental rates, have better chances of lease renewals, and attract longer-staying tenants.


Cladding will reduce your maintenance costs

Maintaining the exterior of a building can be a massive burden on a commercial property owner’s time and expenses. Without cladding, you will need to paint every few years and patch up unsightly holes or veins on the outer surface. A beautiful exterior is especially important to commercial buildings because it plays a part in a client’s first impression of the business. To keep maintenance costs down while ensuring an impressive exterior, consider cladding.

Whether you use wood, steel, or stone, cladding is much easier to maintain, doesn’t require a specialist contractor to clean, and needs only infrequent washing once a year or so.


You can customize cladding to suit your needs

You can customise the design, colour, and materials of cladding to your needs and tastes. It can even be a form of advertisement—the exterior of the style can reflect the identity of your business inside. If you want to make sure your building stands out from the ones nearby, you can give it a unique and eye-catching facelift that customers are sure to spot.

If you are looking for methods to update a building’s current style while improving its overall function, cladding is an excellent construction solution. With the right cladding contractor, you can overhaul an existing building quickly and easily with minimal work involved.

Do you need a specialist cladding contractor in West Sussex? We have over 20 years of expert experience in interior and exterior construction. We can provide you with reliable, safe, and efficient building exterior solutions for your commercial property. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

Grenfell Tower

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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You can always continue with your design and building plans, and now is actually the best time for you to do it. The current lockdown means you’ll be stuck inside your house for an indefinite period. Your activities at home will be limited, and you’ll have more time for yourself than you usually have.

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