Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. In construction, cladding is used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings. ( Source: Wikipedia )
In construction, cladding is used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings. … Cladding may also be a control element for noise, either entering or escaping. Cladding can become a fire risk by design or material.
WHAT IS CLADDING?
- Cladding is a type of “skin” or extra layer on the outside of a building.
- It can be attached to a building’s framework or an intermediate layer of battens or spacers.
It is mainly used to stop wind and rain from entering the building.
- Cladding can also provide sound and thermal insulation as well as fire resistance.
- It is often used to make a building’s exterior look more attractive.
WHAT IS CLADDING MADE FROM?
- Wood, metal, brick, vinyl, composite materials that can include aluminum, wood, blends of cement and recycled polystyrene, wheat/rice straw fibers.
IS CLADDING FIRE RESISTANT?
- Excellent fire resistance cladding: brick.
- High fire resistance cladding: planks or weatherboards made from fibre cement or steel.
- Good fire resistance cladding: aluminium, reconstituted timber products.
- Poor fire resistance cladding: timber weatherboards, plywood sheets.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES WITH ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE CLADDING PANELS?
- There is potential for fire to spread quickly upwards in a building if inappropriate products are used.
- The panels consist of two aluminum faces and a core material such as polyethylene, a mineral-based material, or a combination of both.
- Panels are between 3mm and 5mm thick.
- They may look similar on the outside, but their core materials may differ and affect their fire resistance.
- Panels with a higher proportion mineral core are considered to withstand fire better, but can still be considered combustible.