Traditionally, wall sidings or cladding is made of timber. Even though timber has a pristine look and lends some character to the houses it adorns, you’ll still have to bear with the frequent sealing or painting every year in order to keep it fresh and looking good. Over time, the wood will rot and deteriorate. The solution to the organic timber problem is plastic cladding that not only has a better life span but also fewer maintenance troubles.
What is Plastic Cladding
Plastic cladding is a tough and weatherproof coat applied to protect different parts of a building’s exterior walls. Since the PVC material used to make the cladding is very resistant to the elements, your plastic siding will hold its own against rain, dampness and UV rays.
As it is the case with any artificially made material, the uPVC cladding can come in a wide range of colours, designs, shapes and thicknesses. This has made it a very versatile product that can be used as the cladding material of choice in a wide range of applications.
Plastic cladding can be used in:
- Fascia boards
- Soffit boards
- Internal and external wall cladding
- Window frame sealing
- On doors leading to the outside of the house
What Affects Plastic Cladding Cost?
Most homeowners will use plastic cladding on their external walls. The cost to install the new cladding will depend on the type of plastic cladding you choose and how much work the contractor has to do in preparing the surface for cladding.
For instance, if the contractor has to get rid of the old rotting wood cladding first, you will have to pay some extra pounds to strip off the old cladding.
Plastic cladding could either be the basic plain colour, mostly white or with a wood grain finish. The plain white is the cheapest since the material can be thin and not much goes into detailing the cladding material. Wood grain finishes aim to give the plastic cladding a traditional timber look. The cladding is thicker and looks like traditional wood. The cost per meter can be almost twice what you will pay for plain white.
Breakdown of Plastic Cladding Cost?
A rough estimate will put the stripping of old cladding and installation of plain white cladding at £1,500. This will cater for everything up to the actual disposal of all the waste that will arise from the project. The same project will cost you over £2,000 if you are using wood grained plastic cladding.
- Installing white plastic cladding boards will cost an average of £1,500 and take 2-3 days
- Installing brown or wood grain cladding will cost around £2,000 and take 2-3 days
- Cladding on a porch will cost around £250, taking 1 day
This rough estimate is based on an average sized and moderately complex project. The costs will change depending on:
- Location of the building
- Accessibility of the area to be covered
- Structural complexities that will make the process of covering the wall less straight forward
- The total size of the surface you need to be covered
- Actual cost per square meter of your plastic cladding material finish
The greatest portion of your budget will go into buying the plastic cladding. Other variable costs would be of material and waste disposal, paying the tradesmen who handle the job and renting the scaffolding used to access your walls. A good contractor can work around these variables to give you the best deal without affecting the project’s outcome.