There are so many different exterior linings to choose from when you’re building a new property. Exterior lining varies so much depending on whether it’s a commercial or residential build. It also depends on what type of look you want to achieve and what your sound and aesthetic requirements are. The type of exterior cladding you use will also be influenced by the type of building it is – is it just a singular house, or is it a unit? Or is it an apartment building? Is it a commercial building and if so, how many storeys will the commercial building be? Then you need to consider the environment. Is the building in an area that is prone to cyclones and flooding or is it in a bushfire prone area? You’ll also need to consider your budget which we can discuss with you when you get in touch with the experts at Oz Set who have been in the construction industry for years and know all the types of exterior lining, also referred to as exterior cladding that can be used. Some of the exterior cladding options we have available include:
• Matrix cladding;
• Linea cladding
• Fibre cement cladding;
Matrix cladding has a bold paneled look that you can tailor to suit your individual tastes and what you want the aesthetic to look like. Basically, you can choose between a large tiled look or you can choose smaller panels. You can also choose the shape and the angles of the panels, so if you want vertical or horizontal then that’s an option. Martix cladding is constructed out of fibre cement making it sturdy and durable. It can either be painted or you can leave it in its natural state. The choice is yours. Matrix cladding also offers excellent thermal resistance so you’re protected from outside temperatures making it cooler in the Summer and warmer in the Winter. It also offers protection from fires so the building will be safe giving you peace of mind. This type of material is excellent for apartment buildings or commercial buildings where there will always be a lot of people in the building at any given time.
Linea cladding offers a classic look. Lines cladding is commonly used on suburban houses and offers a homely feel. Lines cladding is made out of weatherboard and can be painted any colour. If you’re in the suburbs then you’ve probably seen it on most single storey houses. It is a popular choice due to its versatility. It can also be used for multi storey houses and garages. Linea cladding gives you the opportunity to customise the look and feel of your building and it is low maintenance. Linea cladding is constructed from premium fibre cement so unlike timber it won’t catch fire, or if it does it will withstand the heat much better than wood or another type of construction material.
Fibre cement cladding was first developed in the 1980s and and while it can be used as an internal cladding material, it is more frequently used as an external lining material. Fibre cement cladding is made from cement, sand and cellulose fibres. It’s very easy to install so if your construction project has a tight deadline looming then it could be the right choice for you. It can withstand different temperatures without warping so it can be used in areas that are prone to high temperatures and those that are subjected to cyclones or strong winds. Fibre cement cladding carries zero risk of being affected by termites so you won’t need to worry about regular pest treatment on your house or commercial building. It also offers brilliant temperature control giving you more comfort in the Winter and Summer.
When you want a raw minimalist look, barestone panels should be your go to option. They are available in court colours depending on your tastes – original, ash, graphite and lunar so you can choose a light shade or a darker shade. The panels give the appearance of tiles on the outside of the building and can be cut into different shapes and sizes depending on the aesthetic that you want. Most new apartment buildings feature barestone panels so if you’re driving around or walking past an apartment building you can get a feel for the type of look that it gives. Barestone panels are lightweight and blend into the background of the surrounding area.
Easylap is another type of exterior lining that is a popular choice that we offer. Easylap is a pre-primed fibre cement sheet that can be joined, so you’ll often see panels joined together side by side. It’s especially designed for residential buildings such as apartment buildings and can often be used for additions to the building. While it can be used side by side with other easylap buildings it can also be used with timber or steel-framed houses making it versatile. It is durable and isn’t at risk of being affected by termites. It can also withstand damage from moisture and won’t rot. Unlike bricks it is also lightweight.
ExoTec is constructed from high quality fibre cement and is available in various shades of grey and comes in a variety of patterns and can be cut to suit. It is a high quality external lining choice and has clean edges offering a crisp finish that won’t yellow, warp or degrade over time. It is non combustible and so it meets Australia’s strict building standards. It also offers long term stability and a contemporary concrete look and feel.
Not everyone wants a clean look though and that’s where Equitone comes in. Equitone is an untreated fibre cement base material that is made from cement, cellulose and mineral materials. This is reinforced by a visible matrix and nothing else. Each of the panels is unique so when you want your building stand out, this is the choice for you.
If you’re still undecided on the best material for your building then give us a call on 040 772 3372. We have had thousands of clients over the years and can show you some of the work we’ve done and discuss your project requirements in further detail. We work all over Brisbane and pride ourselves on our high quality craftmanship.