Why Is Composite Cladding Better Than Single Skin For a Steel Building?

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5 Reasons Why Composite Cladding Is Superior To Single Skin & Why It's Worth The Investment

When a business makes a big investment, such as a steel building, it's easy to look only at what it will cost now and to spend as little as possible to get the job done. And we'd agree there are times when that's absolutely the right thing to do. However, there are also times when rather than a shrewd saving, the result is a false economy.

We think opting for single skin rather than composite cladding very often falls into the latter category; here's why.

1. Speed Of Construction

While composite panels may cost more initially, they represent a saving in construction time. As insulation is an intrinsic element of the panel, there is no need for further work to insulate the building and/or improve the internal appearance.

2. Stable Environment

Condensation can be an issue with steel buildings. That's not bad design, it's just physics. Say it's warm inside and cool outside; when that warm air hits a cold external surface moisture is deposited, which then drips into the main body of the building. That can lead to discomfort for users and damage to stored items. Composite cladding provides a stable environment, preventing condensation.

3. Thermal Properties

Depending on how your steel building is to be used, it may be necessary to heat it in cold weather. As well as causing condensation, single skin cladding will release that heat into the external atmosphere.

In warmer weather it will absorb heat and transfer it to the interior of the building, so you may have to cool it down.

Composite cladding offers a highly consistent insulation performance, meaning it will help keep the heat in when it's cold and out when it's warm. It maintains a more even temperature, making the building more comfortable for users and saving money.

4. No Limitation To Usage

If internal temperature and humidity aren't an issue, and drips from condensation won't cause problems, single skin buildings can be a cost-effective option.

However, if temperature, humidity and condensation matter, then composite cladding is the best option.

5. Fire Safety

In the event of a fire, you first want to be confident that people are protected and then that property is safe. When it comes to composite cladding fire protection is built into the panels, meaning they will resist the effects of fire.

All products used by DPL are tested extensively to ensure they not only comply with building regulations, but also have insurance industry approval.

Still Undecided Composite Cladding vs Single Skin?

We know cost is a key consideration and that composite cladding can seem like a luxury addition. No one wants to spend money unnecessarily.

However, spending now can mean saving later. We'd encourage you to look at things holistically and long term. How will the building be used now? How do you anticipate it being used in six months, a year, three years?

Composite cladding is an expense that can make savings from day one when it comes to the running costs of a building. It can also save the cost of an upgrade in the near future, with the direct and indirect costs that would entail – not to mention the hassle involved.

If you want to talk things through with an expert, give us a call. You can rest assured we won't suggest you spend any more than is necessary for your building, but we will help you make an informed decision, alternatively, complete the below contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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