To ensure better energy use, you want to make sure you use the proper cladding. If you are not using bricks or blocks, the next best thing is applying a cladding made of polystyrene and a mesh fibreglass. By taking this approach, you will lower your energy bills and safeguard your wall system. This type of panel can be installed on refurbished or new homes.
Cladding Systems Vary Greatly
To better understand how polystyrene cladding benefits a home, you need to define cladding systems. Cladding, itself, is a non-loadbearing type of material that is affixed on a house’s exterior to protect the building from the effects of the weather, or primarily moisture. Your selection of cladding bears much weight on your house’s environmental performance.
Reducing Sound and Keeping the Interior Comfortable
Besides using cladding for weatherproofing, homeowners also have the product added to provide insulation and reduce sound. Cladding can also be used to protect a home from fire, or keep a home safe in areas that are prone to vandalism or similar activities.
Other Cladding Materials
Besides polystyrene, cladding may be made of metal, wood, vinyl, or masonry. Composite materials are now frequently used in its construction. You can attach cladding directly to a home’s frame or to a layer of spacers or battens. Boards can be made to run horizontally or vertically. Each system uses varying techniques to stop the rain or wind from accessing joints. Therefore, a system’s effectiveness hinges on the speed and direction of the wind and how much a home is exposed to the rain.
What Does Non-Load Bearing Mean?
When people refer to cladding as being non-load bearing, they mean that the product does not hold floor or roofing loads. Most cladding systems usually do not contribute a great deal to insulating a home. That is why cladding made of polystyrene is indeed a unique product. However, the R-value of a composite cladding, such as one made of polystyrene and fibreglass, can eliminate the need to buy bulk insulation. As a result, you can save a good deal of money when renovating or building a home.
An expanded polystyrene material, or EPS, requires that drainage cavities be provided in rain-prone areas. That is because the polystyrene is a known moisture barrier. Therefore, you need to accommodate this requirement.
How EPS Cladding Is Applied
When EPS cladding is applied, it usually is affixed to the frame with rendered finishes. These finishes normally feature polymers that are embodied in the product. Finishes of this type display several layers. When polystyrene is used, it normally is bonded to generic cladding products. Therefore, you receive good protection with an added insulative barrier.
Supporting Australian Building Standards and Codes
By using polystyrene, builders can support the codes issued for condensation in buildings. This innovative material makes it possible for homeowners to save on energy and beautify and protect their home affordably and easily. If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, you need to review the benefits of polystyrene. Take time now to contact a contractor that can add polystyrene and fibreglass cladding to your home’s design.