Budget accurately for your home improvement plans with this guide to metal cladding pricing.
Cladding might not be something you think of every often when it comes to home upgrades. But its also one of the most important materials that’s working to protect you home from the elements.
After all, it’s what separates the inner structure of your home from the great outdoors. As such, cladding systems need to be waterproof, thermal, sound insulating, and decorative to boot.
That sounds like a lot to ask of a material, but metal cladding stands up to the challenge and then some. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular types of cladding, compared to timber or masonry, because of its many insulating and aesthetic benefits. How much you’ll pay for the upgrade is going to vary depending on a few factors, but we’re breaking down metal cladding costs in this article to help you budget properly.
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Why bother with metal cladding?
Metal cladding is one of the most versatile options for covering your home, and with good reason. Let’s start with the fact that it can look absolutely stunning. And you are able to mix colours to create trims, patterns, or contrast with focal points, too. Metal wall cladding is sleek and modern in style but can be mixed with other materials for a diverse design.
Aside from how amazing it looks, metal cladding is easy to maintain and incredibly durable. It’s resistant to pretty much everything including the elements so you never have to worry that a storm will damage your home’s exterior. It’s also doesn’t corrode over time, and it doesn’t make host to termites.
Metal cladding can also compliment metal roofing by giving a streamlined appearance to the whole home. And upgrading your cladding in general to a material that can last up to and onwards of 100 years is a great bet not just for your budget but for the environment as well. Plus, it will add value to your home in the event you want to sell someday.
Factors that affect the cost of metal cladding
When it comes to metal cladding, there’s materials and then there are brands, and both will affect the cost of your project in one way or another.
One of the most popular brands is Colorbond steel because of its bevy of, you guessed it, colours available for roofing and wall cladding applications. This is a locally produced product that’s been tested in Australian climates and proven to work well at a price point that’s reasonable.
Of course, steel isn’t the only option available when it comes to metal cladding. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective alternative, you can consider aluminium, which also comes in a variety of surface finishes. Copper is available especially for accents and is known for a variety of finishes including patina and can even come pre-weathered. Zinc is another material that will change its appearance as it ages but is well up to the challenge of any wall cladding tasks you have. And as you’ll see in the table below, the type of metal dictates the cost rather drastically.
So how much does metal cladding cost?
Metal cladding is priced out per square metre, so the last factor to consider is, of course, how much of it you will need. That said, there are average costs per m2 that you can count on as averages when it comes to the cost of metal cladding here in Melbourne.
|Metal Cladding Type||Average Cost Per Square Metre|
|matt range Colorbond||$85-$95|
|standard range Colorbond||$80-$90|
Keep in mind that these are material costs only. A good portion of the expense is going to come from the installation of the cladding. Most installers charge by the hour, so be sure to get a firm estimate in writing before your project starts. Typical installation costs fall between $50-$80 per hour.
Are there any other hidden costs when it comes to metal cladding?
While you might pay a bit of a premium compared to vinyl or other cheaper options on the market, you’re going to be glad you did once your metal cladding is in place. Metal cladding requires nearly zero maintenance once it is installed, so long as its installed properly with the right fittings. While you’ll have an upfront cost to account for, you won’t need funds for upkeep, and metal cladding is designed to last for decades upon decades.
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Learn more about metal cladding from the experts at Advanced
One of the keys to getting a proper estimate for your cladding project is to have a measure and quote done on your actual property. This will help any installer determine exactly how much material you will need as well as how long the job should actually take to complete. With these components in place, you’ll be able to get an accurate idea of how much you’ll actually be looking at spending on your new metal cladding.
At Advanced Metal Cladding, we’re experts in all things cladding from design to installation. We’re more than happy to help you choose the right metal material and brand for your project and provide quick and easy quotes so you have zero questions when it comes to budgets.
For a fast free quote, call us on 0497 009 390 today!