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How does vinyl cladding compare with other exterior wall cladding?

How does vinyl cladding compare with other exterior wall cladding?

This post has been written in collaboration with Peter & Lesley Bracey Home Improvements for Palliside Cladding.

We all know that first impressions count, especially when it comes to your home. Whether you have a timber exterior that needs some TLC, fibro sheeting or brickwork… the elements can all take their toll. Let’s have a look at one of the options that can give your home an instant face lift – cladding.

If you want to look after your home as well as possible you may be thinking about having cladding fitted to your exterior walls. Having this work carried out can help protect the exterior walls of your home from extremes of temperature and weather. It can also help to insulate your home against external noise. If you are considering cladding as an option you may be interested to know that there are different types of cladding available for you to choose from.


Today we are going to take a look at vinyl cladding which has been in use since the 1970s as a method of cladding Australian homes. We are also going to take a look at other forms of external wall cladding in comparison, including the benefits you can get from using Palliside cladding.

The benefits and downside of vinyl cladding

Not all cladding products are the same. When vinyl cladding first became popular in use it was a lot cheaper than the aluminium cladding that had previously been used. It was marketed as providing excellent weatherproofing and soundproofing as well as being low maintenance. It did not take very long for vinyl to become the cladding material of choice for most home owners. Since those early days of vinyl cladding more has become known about the product and things are not quite as rosy as they first seemed.

The vinyl cladding itself expands and contracts as temperatures change. This can lead to cracks in the cladding where water can get into your home. Vinyl cladding has a thin surface which can easily be damaged and it has a polystyrene backing which can lead to a condensation build-up in your home. You can see that vinyl cladding is not quite as exceptional as it was first thought to be.

Other types of exterior wall cladding

Vinyl cladding is not the only type available. You have other choices such as timber and Palliside cladding. The problem with timber cladding is that wood is always going to be vulnerable to the effects of the weather conditions. This type of cladding can be very susceptible to issues such as mildew and rot. If the aim of having the exterior walls of your property cladded is to protect your family home then you should really try and select a cladding material that has more durability.

Palliside cladding offers this durability; you can click here for more information. If you use Palliside cladding for your home it helps to protect against extremes of temperature and it’s thick so it protects against weather conditions such as hailstones as well, which is all important after the amount of freak storms that have occurred in the last few years! This type of cladding is not susceptible to warping and it maintains its colour. This means that the exterior of your home will never look faded. And who doesn’t want that freshly painted look all year round?!



As you can see, vinyl cladding is still available as a cladding choice but it may not be the best option if you want to give your home the best level of protection against the elements as well as helping it to look great on a day to day basis.

Have you used cladding on your home’s exterior? What are your thoughts?

Nicole xxx


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