Different Types of External Wall Cladding

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Are you looking to refurbish the outside of your building? At Roofclad Systems, we are experts at implementing the perfect external wall cladding, all dependent on what your building and business needs and are looking for. Check out our different types of wall cladding below.

What is exterior wall cladding?

Exterior or external wall cladding is an external piece of material that protects the external walls of a building from the elements and other environmental factors.

What are the advantages of wall cladding?

External wall cladding is available in a variety of materials, including wood, plastic and metal. Cladding can be used for a number of reasons and has numerous advantages, including:


This is one of the main advantages and reasons why businesses will choose to clad their external walls. It adds a layer of protection from the elements and also provides increased mechanical strength of the building. Cladding will make a building more resistant to cracks caused by fluctuations in temperature and water absorption. It can also offer protection from strong winds, mould and humidity. 

Low maintenance

External wall cladding is incredibly cost-effective when compared to a painted surface on a building. It typically only requires a regular wash to maintain its appearance. The low maintenance aspect also applies to any material used in the process.


Cladding an external wall is typically done for practical purposes, however, it can also be used to improve the appearance of a building. For example, our rain-screen cladding is incredible at protecting your building from the rain and other elements, but it also serves as a great visual enhancement.

External wall cladding materials

A number of materials can be used in the process of cladding a building. However, typical materials include Stone, Granite Tiles, Particulate Boards (Trespa), Aluminium Hook on and Discretely Fixed rainscreen.

Different types of exterior wall cladding

Rainscreen Cladding

Rainscreen cladding is designed to work alongside the elements of nature and protect your building from rain, wind and hot temperatures. The great thing about our rain cladding system is that it is visually appealing, as well as it being great at performing as it should. Making sure your building is waterproof, fireproof and truly damage-free from the elements is vital and at Roofclad Systems we know how to create all of this effortlessly. We even work with a range of materials such as stone, granite, tile, aluminium, particulate boards (Trespa) and discretely fixed rainscreen – all with a vast experience profile.

Wall Overcladding

Sometimes referred to as ‘Single Skin’ wall cladding, this can be a lot cheaper in comparison to other wall cladding options, however, this only applies if the existing wall surface is in good condition. It involves installing a new profiled metal skin over the top of the existing wall with insulation and support bars installed in-between.

Composite Wall Cladding

Composite wall cladding is mainly used to simplify your roof installation. With it being a pre-made all-encompassing panel, it makes for a speedy external finish. There is no need to spend a long time completing your refurbishments, and let’s be honest, no one really has the time, especially in such a fast-paced business environment.

Although they provide the luxury of being able to be fitted quickly, they are also highly sought after as they are available in a range of coatings and insulation thicknesses. Composite Panels also provide consistent insulation throughout the roof area, with their airtight technology – this will save you time and money!

Traditional Built Up Wall Cladding

Traditional built up wall cladding consists of an internal metal liner, insulation layer and an external face. This is the most traditional industrial wall cladding system that you are used to seeing. It has a mineral wool core for insulation and a twin [this suppose to say twin or thin??] metal skin. All of these elements impact the thermal performance of the existing building, as well as adding value to your design.

You can choose from numerous options that are available for the external face, which means, as a client you are able to fully personalise your building and get a truly bespoke finish. In addition to this, the U-value built up can be changed up depending on the client’s needs.

Contact Us

If you are needing an external finish to your building, whether this be with wall cladding or roof cladding, at Roofclad Systems we can help you! We are able to help whether you’re in Scotland, Yorkshire or the North East of England. Just contact us depending on your location and we will be glad to help you.