9 July 2019

5 Trending Exterior Cladding Materials in 2019

Our short but awesome list of exterior wall cladding materials that give your home that stylish layer of protection.
How to Select the Right Home Exterior Finishes for Your Project

There are a lot of exterior wall cladding materials available in the market today. While it’s good to have options, there are times when it’s hard to choose one over the other.

Selecting the building materials for your home exterior requires extensive decision making. Your home’s exterior design sets the mood for the entire house. It impacts your home’s kerb appeal. To help you out, we listed our most recommended exterior cladding solutions. Continue reading to find out what they are and why we love them to bits!

Best exterior wall cladding materials

Recycled timber

Reasons to love it: 

Using recycled timber is eco-friendly. It promotes the conservation of forests and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 

Homes and structures that use recycled timber get a higher green rating from government authorities. Going green can increase the likelihood of getting approved, especially when the committee lauds green building practices.

Design wise, recycled timber cladding gives your home a warm, distinctive look. It still looks like newly cut timber. Look at how it becomes the hero of this home: Apart from external cladding, feel free to use recycled timber on your floors, decks, beams, posts, exposed trusses, benchtops, or furniture.

Exposed Brickwork and Blockwork

Reasons to love it: 

Brick is an old and well-known building material. It offers a timeless look. You can never go wrong with it.As you can see, brickwork and blockwork give your house a cozy appearance from the outside. Many of the clay and concrete bricks sold in the country come in Earthy colours which blend well with the environment. It can be painted and limewashed when you want a different look. Apart from aesthetics,  brickwork and blockwork are great building envelopes. It possesses great thermal mass, offers excellent sound insulation, and is fire and vermin resistant. 

To save money on construction, consider recycling bricks and blocks from carefully demolished buildings. Clay bricks, stone blocks, precast concrete blocks, and aerated blocks live up to 200 years. You have to ask permission before you reclaim some from a construction site, of course. 

We also recommend using brick veneer. Not all brick homes today have solid brick walls.

Standing seam

Standing seam is an architectural metal panel system that can be used on your home’s façade or roof. It surrounds the renovated dormer window you see above. 

Reasons to love it:

It’s the cladding material you need when you want to give your home a contemporary and modern appearance. It is sleek and flexible — it won’t break when you may use it on flat, curved, domed, concave, and convex surfaces. 

In addition, standing seams are low-maintenance. It won’t rust or fade. For a more timeless look, we recommend using dark grey or black metal cladding on your façade.

Try: Euroclad


If you’re building/renovating a Queenslander, Colonial, Hamptons, or Beach style home, then weatherboards must be your top choice. It’s got the irresistible old-world charm that suit’s the country’s historic and classic residential architecture. 

Reasons to love it:

Weatherboards come in a variety of colours and materials. Choose wisely based on your project’s requirements and site location.

We highly recommend using weatherboards made from aluminium, fibre-cement, metal, acrylic and vinyl. Timber weatherboards are the best, but these are notoriously high-maintenance.

Here’s a colonial style home with timber weatherboard exterior cladding and grey metal roof. Try: Linea Weatherboard by Sycon

Cement Sheet

The last item on our list is the cement sheet cladding. It’s becoming more and more popular to Australian homeowners who want contemporary homes.

Reason to love it:

Cement sheet cladding is cost-efficient, low-maintenance, and resistant to water, termites, rotting, fire, moisture damage, and corrosion. It possesses a high thermal mass and has sound insulation properties.Cement sheet cladding is a timeless and flexible construction material. We highly recommend pairing it with another cladding material. 

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