Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. Its purpose in construction is to offer thermal insulation, weather resistance, and enhance the aesthetics of structures. Materials for cladding range widely, including wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composites like aluminum or blends of cement and recycled materials.

Rainscreen cladding, a type of weather cladding, not only shields against elements but also provides thermal insulation. While cladding itself doesn’t need to be waterproof, it acts as a control element to manage water and wind, diverting them away from the building to prevent infiltration. Additionally, cladding may serve as a noise control element. However, improper design or materials can make cladding a fire risk. Overall, cladding plays a critical role in building construction by providing weather protection, thermal insulation, aesthetic enhancement, durability, and fire resistance. It is an integral component of the building envelope and contributes to the overall performance, appearance, and sustainability of the built environment.

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