There are lots of variations for each cladding system that we offer, and, as cladding is becoming more architecturally driven, rather than mainly functionality driven, we wanted to take a closer look at the key considerations to ensure that the right cladding system is used, along with some features and benefits of wall cladding that you might not be aware of.
Cladding’s primary function remains as offering weather protection to buildings, and it’s important to consider the levels of protection from the elements your building or structure requires. Flashings are elements of the panel intended to collect, contain or otherwise divert bulk rainwater. The principal purpose of flashing is simply to prevent bulk rainwater penetration into the area between the outer wall cladding and the inner construction material of an exterior wall system.
We have tested our systems for weather tightness as well as wind loading and impact tests to ensure the correct system is specified in any given environment.
A bespoke system can be utilised to create just about anything an architect can imagine. CGL’s project at the Triton Building in Regents Place, London, is an example of the more unconventional designs that can be achieved. 3mm aluminum PPC panels were used in fabricating the panels for the unique “basket weave” appearance on this 25-storey building, at the heart of one of London’s landmark developments.
A more unique look can be effortlessly achieved with materials such as copper or brass, and can produce some extremely striking results. When using a style such as the CGL Shingle System the unfinished panels can be easily used to easily cover large areas and they are left to develop their own patina as they weather over time, leading to a durable and increasingly distinctive exterior. This also forms an extremely durable and hardwearing surface for excellent weather protection.
Another example is Corsham Street, a high quality Student Accommodation building located just behind the iconic Old Street Roundabout in the fashionable Shoreditch area of East London. CGL Facades Perforated Aluminium Traypanel, post-coated in a vibrant white colour, was chosen for the upper levels while robust charcoal coloured brickwork at the base of the building which together gave the building a real contrasting look.
As well as offering weather protection and producing a striking appearance, cladding can also be used to great effect in increasing a building’s energy efficiency. By rapidly improving insulation, energy bills for the building’s occupants can be greatly reduced.
Rainscreen panels play an important part in improving the weather tightness of the building and protecting the existing structure from the elements, all the while improving on the limited insulation capabilities of the inner wall. A well-fitted rainscreen system onto a previously inefficient building design, such as an older concrete building, can improve heat retention by up to 300%. If improved insulation is a key factor in choosing your desired cladding, and we can perform project specific through-wall calculations to provide guidance to achieve your thermal requirements.
Together, these considerations demonstrate a few of the ways that an effective cladding system can be used to great effect to impact both the aesthetics and performance of a building. If you’re looking for the perfect façade solution, then please get in touch and talk to us about your next project and we can work together to find the right one for you.