Exterior Cladding Materials for Wow Factor

There’s a world of cladding options out there for your next project, if you know where to look then Spinryde Home Renovations can help you with selecting the most suitable one for you.

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External material selection can often make or break your project – no matter how well-designed your new home or addition, the right cladding can take it to the next level in both form and function. Let’s explore the benefits of a few well-known cladding systems, and a few that you may not have considered for your next project.

Silvertop ash
There are so many different timber claddings available from Wood Solutions, but one that looks better as it ages is silvertop ash. Sometimes referred to as coast ash, this hardwood can come in a series of profiles and is definitely on trend at the moment. This species is a Class 2 timber, so it is very durable when installed above ground, especially if it is well maintained with oils or repellants.Many people prefer to let the timber ‘grey off’, which can happen over varying periods of time depending on the location; for example, it will grey off faster by the sea. It provides good fire resistance and can be used for decking, screens, flooring and furniture so you can create a consistent appearance inside and out. Most stock comes from re-growth forests and is usually less expensive than a Class 1 cladding timber such as ironbark.
On this home, the off-form concrete walls were built up with featured timbers to create a mould, and then concrete was poured into the cavity between the boards to set, with reinforcement. The pattern can be varied – ribbed, flat or wood-grained, for example. The result is a highly-textured concrete panel.Used widely during the modernist and Brutalist periods, off-form concrete from Kurangai Civil has several beneficial properties, such as thermal, fire and acoustic performance, and longevity. The concrete can come in a variety of colours and the quality can vary. The product should be sealed for longevity.
Used for roofs and drainage for more than 150 years, Rheinzinkprovides an innovative solution for any project. The products range from roofing and drainage systems to dynamic facade systems. With superior durability, the product forms a natural patina over time. Our practice often uses Rheinzink in areas affected by Heritage Overlays, due to the longevity and uniqueness of the material. Titanium zinc is a natural material and is 100-per-cent recyclable.
Scyon Linea weatherboard
James Hardie released this product a few years ago and it is a favourite when a durable material with the charm of hardwood weatherboards is needed. As ScyonLinea is a cement product, it is resistant to termites, has terrific acoustic and thermal performance when compared to hardwood, and comes pre-primed so it’s easy to paint. The boards don’t need to be painted as often as weatherboards so they are also low maintenance. Scyon Linea comes in classic and more modern profiles to suit many different applications.
Whether natural stone, ceramic or porcelain, tiles add a certain sense of elegance to a project. The bluestone tile from Beaumont Tiles used in this project is playful yet ordered. The tile size is proportional to the overall building mass, and the green wall softens the angular form.
Often seen in coastal and more economical builds, Shadowclad plywood panels have become a staple of many renovations and new homes on a budget. It is a natural wood that is sustainably sourced, and is lightweight so it is easy to handle during the build. Consider using as a ‘background’ material and spend more on a feature material, or use for a bold statement all over. The Shadowclad plywood on this beach house has a black stain/oiled finish.
Green wall
Have you ever considered a green wall as a facade? One of the issues with green walls is the potential for the plants to get out of control and take over gutters and downpipes. The trick is to stop the spiral of green before plants hit your flashings to reduce the risk of the interference. The good thing is that at City Forest you can find green walls that can sit on top of a more economical cladding system.


The natural rustic charm of shingles is responsible for them making a comeback. With the benefits of being low maintenance, durable and having great insulation qualities, western red cedar shingles from American Shingles tick a lot of boxes when it comes to the environment. They can be used in most fire-prone areas and can be easily handled on site.
Bricks were the staple for building in the last century, but with so much choice now, they are often overlooked. However, with so many different textures, colours, patterns and prices, bricks give homeowners an energy-efficient, weatherproof, sustainable and secure building material. With the right design, Austral bricks will offer your project a chance to stand the test of time.
Polycarbonate and translucent panels
Many homeowners may draw a connection between polycarbonate sheet, and products such as Laserlite, the corrugated sheet that you may see over pergola beams. However, there are more sophisticated versions of microcell sheets available, including Danpalon Glazing Systems. These are light-emitting, easy to install and have free thermal movement. The system gives your home privacy during the day and ambience at night. If you require light and privacy, this could be your solution.
This is where you can differentiate your finish from a flat, cement render. Using a larger aggregate in the binder, stucco can be applied to a variety of more economical materials such as concrete brick, Hebel (autoclaved aerated concrete), or even foam cladding. You can use a colour in the mix, or paint it afterwards.

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