What is Thermal Cladding? What does the upgrade entail and what are the benefits?
Thermal cladding is a technique used for limiting heat loss from buildings through the use of insulating panels fixed to the external surfaces or internal perimeter walls of the building.
The principal benefit of thermal cladding derives from reducing the need for winter heating and summer cooling as it creates a barrier between the living areas and the hot or cold temperatures of the external environment. However, the presence of this barrier doesn’t just improve thermal comfort: the cladding also improves living comfort by reducing humidity and providing soundproofing.
There are two types of cladding: thermal cladding and ventilated facade thermal cladding. Thermal cladding consists of panels fixed to the perimeter walls of the building which can then be plastered. Ventilated facade thermal cladding consists of insulating panels with a structure assembled alongside them a few centimetres away from the surface of the building. This structure supports ceramic, metal or marble panels which, thanks to the space between them and the wall, creates an air channel which further insulates the living areas.
As well as offering improved levels of thermal insulation, ventilated facade thermal cladding, since it's finished using resistant, durable materials, requires extremely low levels of maintenance even if the building is located in an area presenting typically aggressive environmental conditions, such as those found in coastal or industrial locations.
Both types of cladding provide energy efficiency benefits, improve the aesthetic look of the walls they're installed on and help to increase the value of the property.