Bring a Wow Factor To Your Outdoor Walls With Porcelain CladdingDarwyn Rabey
Porcelain Cladding is a beautiful way to finish of any outdoor makeover project! With an array of different colours, patterns & designs, porcelain cladding can take your outdoor transformation to the next level. Most commonly, porcelain cladding is used on walls, pillars or even fireplace hearths. It can provide protection to your building or outdoor walls whilst looking the part. Porcelain Cladding is a fairly new concept providing a contemporary feel when used.
What are the main benefits of using Porcelain Cladding?
Porcelain as a material for any indoor/outdoor surface is strong, durable and weatherproof.
Caledonian Stone’s Porcelain Cladding is one of the most durable on the market which will stand the test of time and last for years to come. The ease of installation is what makes this a firm favourite among the professionals!
Unlike other cladding materials, Porcelain Cladding panels are typically very light-weight meaning there will be no damage to your building or walls structure overtime. This also makes them easier to install.
Similarly to Porcelain Paving, Porcelain Cladding is available in many different finishes making it sure to turn heads when your project is complete. Porcelain Cladding is also very low maintenance. This means that very little cleaning is required, a simple brush down & hose or jet-wash is usually all that is required.
Is Porcelain Cladding waterproof?
Yes! Porcelain Cladding will serve as a watertight covering to any wall or surface it is used on. Porcelain Cladding is weatherproof and resistant to sun, water, fire and changing temperatures. The low porous nature of the material means little to no water absorption and thus meaning it won’t need replaced for many years to come.
Is Porcelain Cladding environmentally friendly?
Thanks to the longevity of Porcelain, it is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly paving options.
The man-made material is composed of clay, sand & other natural, easy to source materials such as kaolin, feldspar and water.
These materials are heated to very high temperatures in a kiln which produces a low density, non-porous & hard-wearing material. This means no harsh chemicals are required to clean your Porcelain Cladding, making it more environmentally friendly in the long run. Porcelain can also be effectively recycled and re-used.
Is Porcelain Cladding expensive?
Porcelain as a material is known to be pricier than Natural Stone as it boasts durability & longevity compared to Natural Stone.
Our Marston range of Porcelain Cladding comes in 3 different options – panel, external corner & internal corner. This range starts at around £21 per piece and varies between the pieces required for your project. Some projects will simply require only panels with no corner pieces so will cost less in total. If your chosen area is larger, you may require more pieces and additionally a few of our internal or external corner pieces. In comparison to other options like zinc, aluminium or even timber cladding, the price & benefits of Porcelain Cladding definitely make it one of the most popular choices!
Is it easy to keep Porcelain Cladding clean?
Yes! It’s very simple to clean your cladding. Simply use a hose or pressure washer to remove any surface dirt or debris.
Being a non-porous material, there are rarely instances where deeper cleaning would be required. Occasionally, rust or algae spots can appear depending on the external environment. A simple, non-toxic cleaning solution can be used in this case to remove any stubborn spots or stains. Our team will happily help you with this, just get in touch!
Can I paint on top of Porcelain Cladding?
You can paint on top of Porcelain Cladding although the process can be a bit more time consuming than painting a normal exterior wall.
Porcelain Cladding is designed in such way that the patterns, colours and finishes are built to last and can usually achieve the look to complete the project thus no further painting or finishing is required. Painting over your outdoor Porcelain Slabs or Cladding won’t be long lasting. The paint has to be applied properly with specific primers & paint to ensure adhesion to the porcelain and prevent colour deterioration or chips.
How do I install Porcelain Cladding?
We recommend finding a trusted professional to install your Porcelain Cladding.
Installation is simple however if you do not have experience with the material and installation methods, it can affect longevity or cause it to break easily meaning lengthy and costly delays to your project.
You can get in touch with our experts on 01346 532747 to recommend a trusted installer in your area or keep an eye on our ‘How To’s’ for a full breakdown on how to properly install Porcelain Cladding!
Is Porcelain Cladding easy to fix?
Just like installation, repairing Porcelain Cladding can be a simple task for those who have the experience & know how.
Depending on how large the area is that needs to be repaired will determine how much it will cost and how long it will take. There are a few different repair steps to consider when doing so.
Do I need special equipment to cut Porcelain Cladding?
Porcelain is a very tough material so needs to be cut with a wet saw using a diamond blade.
This hardwearing blade will cut through your cladding and the powerful water jets will keep the blade cool to ensure clean cuts and little to no breakages. Chips & breakages are somewhat inevitable when cutting porcelain as despite being hard wearing when laid, the pieces are fragile. Marking the cuts to be made with a glass-cutting tool will ensure cleaner and more precise edges for straight or even more difficult rounded cuts. We recommend using our SPT Premium Cutting Disc 250-350mm with your wet saw.
Is Porcelain Cladding safe?
Yes! Porcelain Cladding is safe as an exterior wall material when installed correctly.
The material itself is hard wearing, dense and less porous than other outdoor cladding options, meaning it can withstand extreme external weather conditions and won’t crack in freezing conditions. Similarly, when exposed to fire or extreme heat, your Porcelain Cladding won’t give off any toxic fumes or deteriorate. This is due to the high heats involved in the production process of Porcelain where the mixture of materials – clay, sand and some other recycled ground tile bi-products, are heated to very high temperatures in a kiln to create Porcelain which is then molded into the different forms we see on the market today – slabs, tiles, cladding etc.
What are the alternatives to Porcelain Cladding?
Outdoor cladding can finish off any project by adding that finishing touch whether you choose to match your patio material or go for something more statement.
There are many materials that can be used as cladding with anything from timber to stone. The options are endless and one may suit the requirements of your project more than the other. It is important to research the pro’s & con’s of your chosen cladding material before going ahead with installation to make sure it is right for you.
- Natural stone: This can include materials such as granite, limestone, or sandstone. Natural stone provides a classic, timeless look to outdoor walls and is highly durable. However, it can be more expensive than porcelain and requires regular maintenance to prevent staining and weathering.
- Composite materials: These are made from a mixture of plastic and wood fibres, creating a lightweight and low-maintenance material that can mimic the appearance of wood or natural stone.
- Cement-based panels: These are made from a mixture of cement, sand, and cellulose fibres, creating a durable and moisture-resistant material. Cement-based panels can be painted or textured to create a variety of design options.
- Metal panels: Metal panels, such as aluminium or steel, provide a modern, industrial look to outdoor walls. They are lightweight, durable, and easy to install. However, they can be susceptible to rust and weathering over time.
- Brick or concrete blocks: These traditional materials provide a classic look to outdoor walls and are highly durable. However, they can be more expensive and require skilled labour for installation.
Get in touch with our team of Porcelain experts on 01346 532747 to discuss how porcelain cladding to bring a touch of class to plain outdoor walls!
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