Tile Style Cladding
Cladding is wonderful stuff. Made of PVC material, it is durable, easy to apply and water resistance. It often comes in large sheets which makes covering large areas easy for both DIY home renovators and for contractors. But what if you don’t want big sheets of cladding? That is where tile style cladding comes in.
Tile Style Cladding Explained
Tile cladding over has an overlapping edge that allows it to fit almost seamlessly into the next tile. This overlapping system helps keep the tiles watertight without the use of slotted trim seals. You can still use the coping, corner seals and end caps used with panel cladding to create that professional finish that will make your tile work stand out from the ordinary.
Appearance of the Tiles
The tile style cladding comes in a variety of patterns and types, mimicking the stone tiles. But with cladding tiles, you do not need grout or similar sorts of installation helpers. The method is very similar to that used when applying cladding panels, except for the overlapping tongue that creates a tight fit.
The tiles are 2.8 metres by 25 centimetres and are 8 millimetres thick. This is a nicely manageable size, with plenty of toughness to take heavy wear and tear.
Tile Colours and Patterns
- Light Grey with Grout Lines - This is a pretty tile, very simple. It is also the least expensive choice of the cladding tiles.
- Modern, Silver Small Tiles - Super for bohemian or modern décor. The pattern mimics narrow stone tiles with grout.
- Beige Stone with Grout Line Effects - Imagine beige sandstone tiles in small staggered squares, and you have a good idea of what this cladding tile looks like. The implied grout lines are white.
- Loft Rusty - Loft rusty imitates rusty metal that has weathered for a while. The flaking, rust colour, and implied rough texture bring to mind an industrial space converted to living quarters.
While this is not an extensive palette with which to work, it does allow some mixing and matching, especially if you are using the tiles with cladding panels. They also work well for small spaces where the panels would require too much cutting.
Advantages of Tile Style Cladding
Every building material has its pros and cons. The big pluses for tile style cladding are the reducing the need for connective trim, smaller pieces that are easy to handle, and resemblance to traditional materials. You can mix or match two colours in a room for a varied visual effect.
All cladding is a boon for DIY projects. They are lightweight, easy to handle and require only very ordinary tools. Glue, screws and a screwdriver will take care of most cladding jobs. A few will require furring strips, nails and a hammer. Depending upon the condition of the room, which could range from new to old and in dire need of repair, most jobs are well within the range of home do it yourself projects. In a day or two of starting the project, you can step back and admire the results of your work.