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Cladding is essentially a type of extra layer on the outside of a building that is typically attached to a building's framework or an intermediate layer of battens or spacers and primarily used to stop wind and rain from penetrating a building. It can also provide sound and thermal insulation as well as make a building's exterior look more attractive. Unfortunately in numerous instances contractors tend to use cheap combustible substitute materials such as plastic based materials, recycled polystyrene or straw fibres in an effort to cut costs but at the expense of proper health and safety standards, which poses high risks to fire safety. Other material types used include wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials such as aluminium and cement blends.

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Thinking of getting  rid of your cladding? 

Cladding is essentially a type of extra layer on the outside of a building that is typically attached to a building's framework or an intermediate layer of battens or spacers and primarily used to stop wind and rain from penetrating a building.

It can also provide sound and thermal insulation as well as make a building's exterior look more attractive. Unfortunately in numerous instances contractors tend to use cheap combustible substitute materials such as plastic based materials, recycled polystyrene or straw fibres in an effort to cut costs but at the expense of proper health and safety standards, which poses high risks to fire safety. Other material types used include wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials such as aluminium and cement blends.

Concerned About Combustible Cladding?  

Under the Building Code of Australia, cladding is only required to meet the minimum standards therefore it is important for owners to ensure buildings have elements such as non-combustible external walls to stop fire spreading. There is potential for fire to spread quickly upwards in a building if inappropriate products are used and panels with a higher proportion mineral core are considered to withstand fire better, but can still be considered combustible.

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Some cladding is has decent fire resistance qualities such as brick or high fire resistance cladding in the form of planks or weatherboards made from fibre cement or steel. Good fire resistance cladding is usually made from aluminium or reconstituted timber products while poor fire resistance cladding is generally the timber weatherboards or plywood sheets type.

Reasons For Cladding Removal 

During a fire, cladding can act like a "chimney" for the flames by allowing the fire to spread upwards through the gaps between the cladding and the building walls. Between the cladding and the wall there is a cavity where rain can run down and this acts like a chimney, drawing the hot air up through itself and making the flames burn brighter in the event of a fire. This is extremely hazardous because it allows the fire to travel all the way up from the base of a building to the top.

 

 

We can upgrade health and safety standards and reduce fire risk! 

Installing sprinklers and escape routes could make a building compliant with fire safety laws but if the cladding used on your building is combustible, there are significant threats to the safety of your property and its occupants. We can expertly remove the cladding currently on your building and restore it to safety. Whether it’s removing old or unsafe cladding, we’ll ensure you get the peace of mind you rightly deserve and make your home safe and happier place to be.

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