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Which Cladding Is Best?

External cladding is used to wrap the exterior of buildings with a type of layering material. It helps protect buildings from the elements, reduces noise, offers insulation, and provides a beautiful aesthetic when completed. There are lots of different types of cladding options available, from timber to aluminium – and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Whether it is timber roof trusses and wall frames or aluminium premade framing, your choice of external cladding will depend on its purpose, your budget, and the properties of the cladding.


To help you find the best external cladding for your needs, this article is going to look at the most popular types of cladding and explain their unique properties. We will also let you know what we think is the best type of external cladding to use.

Timber cladding

Timber cladding is an incredibly popular layered material for walls and roofing. It is beautiful to look at, but its popularity stems from its durability and low environmental impact. Moreover, timber cladding can be recycled when it is time for a renovation. It will require maintenance over time to keep it in good condition, but it is an excellent choice of external cladding.

Plywood sheet cladding

Plywood is another cladding material that is quite popular thanks to its natural properties. Plywood emulates the beautiful aesthetics of timber but costs a little less so it is good for a smaller budget. It is also flexible and performs well against the elements in a similar fashion to timber. It can look a little less appealing than timber, though.

Vinyl cladding

Vinyl cladding is a good all-around cladding material. It is easy to install and offers decent insulation from the elements. As it is made from PVC, vinyl cladding is very good at protecting against temperature fluctuations, so it is worth considering if you have variable seasons. It is not the prettiest to look at, though, especially when compared to timber cladding.

Brick cladding

Brick cladding is a type of layering material that works both indoors and outdoors. It offers excellent insulation and protection from the elements and is reasonably easy to maintain over time. It is quite expensive, however, and it takes quite a while to install. If you are on a tight deadline or budget, brick cladding might not be the best option for you.

Aluminium cladding

Aluminium cladding is another great option with a lot of benefits. It is very lightweight which makes installation quite easy. It is also an environmentally friendly option as it can be recycled, however, it is prone to damage over time so will need to be repaired or replaced.

Which cladding is best?

We feel that timber cladding offers the most advantages and is the best type of cladding to use. It is a beautiful, resilient material that is relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. If you are considering cladding for your next project, we would recommend timber cladding.


If you require assistance with your next cladding project, contact our specialists at Heyden Frame & Truss for a fast quote.


We can provide quotes, budgets, and advice, so please contact us today on (02) 4351 2616 and speak to one of our experts. You can also visit us at www.heydenframeandtruss.com.au, if you need additional information about our products and services.


We service the regions of Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle, Central Coast, and surrounding areas.

4. Preparation

Rafters can be installed almost immediately. They don’t require the kind of planning and precise measuring of timber trusses.

5. Property height

Rafters are the better option if you’re converting your attic space for living or storage. They offer maximum headroom.

6. Strength

Timber trusses are studier thanks to their webbed structure. Trusses are better suited to large properties. Rafters can be used in smaller projects.

7. Aesthetics

Most properties using roof trusses have flat, rather than vaulted ceilings created by rafters. People who want a classic sloping roof may need rafters.

Need help with your roofing? Contact Heyden Frame and Truss today

Are you ready to start your roofing project? Whether you need timber trusses or elegant rafters, Heyden Frame and Truss is ready to help. We offer quick quotes that suit your budget, and unbeatable help and adviceContact us on (02) 4351 2616 to speak to a friendly team member. We service the regions of Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle, Central Coast, and surrounding areas.

We supply and deliver all over Northern Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast.

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