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House cladding cost guide
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If you’re looking to weatherproof your home, or add an outer layer of insulation, you might want to install (or replace) cladding. In this house cladding cost guide, we’ll talk you through the average costs for the different types of house cladding in the UK.

Not only can cladding improve the physical condition of your home and save you money on your energy bills, it can also give it a fresh new look for a relatively low cost. Goodbye shabby chic, hello sleek and stylish home.

There are also a range of cladding materials to choose from, the most common being wood, aluminium and the lowest cost of them all, uPVC. Choose the option that suits your taste and enhance your home with an eye-catching facelift.

Cladding material (per m2)Range - LowRange - HighAverage cost
uPVC--£20
Timber£20£50£35
Cedar--£40
Aluminium£50£100£75
Zinc--£35
Cedral--£32.50

How much does house cladding cost?

The cost of house cladding in the UK ranges, depending on the material you choose. The cheapest option is nearly always uPVC cladding. The average uPVC cladding cost per square metre is around £20 per m2, plus labour.

Another manmade alternative is cedral (a fibre cement cladding), and the average cedral cladding cost comes in at around £32.50. However, if you’re looking for timber, the average timber cladding cost per m2 starts at close to £20 per m2.

Choosing a premium cladding will also affect the cost, as higher quality cladding options can cost between £60 per m2 and £100 per m2.

If you’re a fan of zinc for your home, the average Zinc cladding cost per m2 is around £35. Aluminium cladding is becoming increasingly popular, but comes in at £50-£100 per m2.

For wood cladding fans, if you want cedar the the average cedar cladding cost is about £40 per m2. The average Larch cladding cost per m2 is around £35.

Average house cladding costs

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For a small single-storey bungalow, house cladding will cost you between £2,100 and £4,200 – for materials and labour.

If you have a 2-bed house, you’ll be looking at a house cladding cost of £3,500 to £5,500.

What is cladding?

Cladding is a layer of material that is added to the outside of a property to add protection from the elements. It is also used to provide a certain style look to the exterior of the building.

Available in a range of materials, both natural and manmade, cladding is commonly used as a weatherproofing measure. However, it also increases the property’s insulation, provide fire resistance, and acts as a decoration design choice too.

In the USA, cladding is a very popular choice for house exteriors. Although it’s not so common in the UK, it’s certainly gaining popularity – mainly due to it being cost-effective.

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Cladding costFactors affecting the cost of a house cladding

The total cost of your house cladding will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Size and shape of the property
  • Type of cladding
  • Quality of cladding
  • Any prep work needed
  • Where you live

The bigger your property, the more the cladding will cost. It will also be more expensive if you have an unusually shaped or extended property that has a more complex structure.

Benefits of house cladding

There are a number of great reasons to choose house cladding for your home.

Added protection

One of the biggest benefits of cladding is the protection it provides your home. It strengthens the structure of your the building and prevents it from being damaged by the elements. Cladding also protects against fungal growths and mould, sunlight, wind and rain.

Low maintenance

Whatever type of cladding you choose, it will require a lot less maintenance than painting the exterior of your home. Most can stay looking good with a regular wash, whilst some may need a little more care over time.

Insulation

Installing cladding will provide an extra layer of insulation to your property, which can help improve the energy efficiency of the building and reduce your energy bills.

Added style (and value)

For some homeowners, cladding adds character and charm to their home. It can transform a tired and dull house into a fresh, attractive property. And that can, in turn, improve the house value – so it’s a win-win.

cladding cost per m2Additional house cladding costs

In addition to the material and labour costs, there are some additional costs that you might want to consider for your house cladding project.

Replacing or installing cladding is a good time to assess your guttering and drainage. If your drainpipe system needs fixing or replacing, it can make sense to do it at the same time as the cladding. A guttering kit to fit a single-storey property usually costs around £250.

Can I install house cladding myself?

Installing or replacing cladding is a complicated and intricate job, best left to the professionals. If you’re an accomplished DIY enthusiast with an excellent eye for detail then you may want to give it a go yourself. However, we would recommend hiring an experienced tradesperson.

Useful house cladding checklist

  • Research the cladding options and choose the type and style that best suits your home.
  • Speak to local cladding experts for professional advice and accurate costs.
  • Find out if you need to do any prep work before cladding can be installed.
  • Always shop around for fair and competitive prices.
  • When hiring a tradesperson, always choose someone with cladding experience and a proven track record of great work – and check they have the right insurance to carry out the work.

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