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What is Concrete Cladding?

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Concrete cladding is a type of cladding which is made from a mixture of concrete and is applied to the outside and inside of buildings for both aesthetic and durability purposes. Compared to other cladding materials, concrete cladding is not only incredibly cheap, but is also very durable and reliable in nature. Along with this, concrete cladding has many other benefits that have made it a widely-used material for both interior and exterior applications.

Cladding itself is the most exterior layer of material found on houses in buildings. It is commonly used to not only protect the building from the elements, but also to add aesthetic value. Cladding comes in a wide variety of materials, including brick, stone, and even wood. While different types of cladding require different installation methods, most cladding types require no maintenance and can come in a wide variety of textures and colors—this means cladding allows for a home to retain its aesthetic value for very long periods of time without regular maintenance. Cladding is also resistant to rust, moisture, and invasive pests, such as termites.

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Concrete cladding, however, is slightly different from other types of cladding. This is because it has an incredibly wide range of benefits in regards to cost, aesthetic quality and overall material quality. One of the most looked-upon benefits of concrete cladding is that it is incredibly inexpensive to install, with concrete being incredibly abundant and widely sold. Along with this, concrete is a more inexpensive solution to other surface materials, such as stone facing. Stone facing can be very expensive, as each stone must be individually cut and stacked into place; concrete, on the other hand, can be molded into shape to achieve the same look.

Since concrete can be molded into nearly any shape, pattern or texture. In some applications, it can be shaped and molded into smooth textures. In other areas, it can be kept rough, while some concrete may even require special moldings and patterns that would otherwise be very difficult to carve from stone. Concrete can also come in an incredibly wide variety of colors. This is done through either adding a coloring agent during the mixing process or simply painting it after drying.

Concrete is not only very resilient against bad weather and erosion, but can also resist rust, fire and termites. It is also considered a great insulator. Apart from regular cleaning or re-painting, it requires almost no maintenance or upkeep work. Concrete cladding is also both recyclable and environmentally-friendly.

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