A beautifully-built home can provide immense happiness for its owners. Nowadays, cladding has become extremely popular as an exterior finishing material. Cladding acts as a shield for your house against harsh weather conditions. Additionally, it makes the outer walls aesthetically pleasing.
When selecting a cladding material for your home, there are several factors to consider, like budget, climate conditions, and your inclination towards the material. The construction material market offers a variety of cladding materials, including aluminum composite panels (ACP), stone, high-pressure laminate, wood, glass, fiber cement boards, vitrified tiles, and more.
Here we have discussed two of the most commonly used cladding materials – stone and aluminum cladding to help you decide what’s best for your needs.
Stone cladding is an in-demand material for cladding walls outside as well as inside your home. Natural stone is appreciated for its tonal variations, organic nature, and irregularities. It is also a sturdy material, with a plethora of stone varieties and finishes.
Stone cladding lends a natural look to your walls while being relatively easy to install. Stone cladding is also low maintenance material and doesn’t degrade quickly due to harsh weather conditions.
Aluminum is a highly prominent material for wall cladding. It has highly desirable properties like rust resistance, low maintenance, cost-effectiveness, easy installation, lightweight, and retaining its original form even in extreme weather conditions. Aluminum cladding is easily available in a diverse range of shapes, colors, and sizes.
Here is a comparison of aluminum and stone cladding materials:
The aluminum cladding material is cheaper than stone. Easy installation reduces time and the cost of labor. Stone, on the other hand, requires a special substrate, which tends to be expensive.
Aluminum is a low-maintenance material. It is scratch-resistant, rust-resistant, and stain-proof. Even though stone is extremely durable, it may get damaged if you tend to use a strong cleansing agent.
Aluminum cladding is incredibly resilient and can be created in any form and size per your requirement. If you want to make contemporary designs, an aluminum composite panel is a material for you. In contrast, stones are generally available in slab form, making it a bit tricky to get the desired shape or form.
Aluminum is lightweight and easy to install, which reduces the installation time. Installation of a natural stone façade can be a long and arduous process, requiring extensively skilled labor.
Aluminum cladding with the concealed setting can take a bit of work to replace. It may require the removal of surrounding panels. However, new panels are readily available and can easily match existing ones.
Stone slabs may also require the removal of surrounding slabs for replacement. Nevertheless, procuring a new slab that matches the existing stone panel can be incredibly tough.
Aluminum cladding is available in a huge array of colors and textures. It can easily match natural material finishes like stone, sand, wood, 3D, and more. Even though stone is available in a wide variety of formats and colors, aluminum panels are available in many more options.
Based on this comparison of stone and aluminum cladding, you can make an informed decision for your needs.
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