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Exploring Australia’s Top 10 Cladding Options

It has become the trend in Australia to add wall cladding to new and renovated homes to give them a “personality”. There are multiple materials available and we will provide a list of 10 of the top options in Australia.

1. Bricks

For years, an Australian house not cladded with bricks was the exception. Builders and architects still use them because of their practicality. They are especially suitable for buildings near the sea, because they resist the salty air so characteristic to coastal areas.

2. Fibre Cement

This mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose fibres is shaped into coloured sheets. The sheets are versatile and can be installed on timber or steel frames. In Australia, the sheets comply with bushfire requirements.

3. Vinyl

This cladding is a durable solution. It’s popular because it looks like timber. Most vinyl brands offer a 50-year warranty and guarantee that the material will not peel or crack. It needs only basic cleaning and doesn’t have to be repainted after a few years. According to installers, Vinyl will be part of Australia’s building scene for many years to come.

4. Natural Stone

Different natural stones, such as quartzite, bluestone, and slate are popular and ideal for fireplaces, stairwells and garden areas. Although natural stone is expensive, it will always stay popular for the higher-priced homes.

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5. Timber

Timber is often used because it installs very easily and is available at relatively low cost. It looks beautiful as cladding and is not damaged by extreme weather too much. Timber is ideal for the cladding of houses.


Because of its long lifespan and ongoing good look over years, steel cladding stays popular. Designers like to experiment with the colours of the material.

7. Brick veneer

It looks like natural brick, and is easy to install on almost any type of wall. Brick veneer doesn’t need paint, and it is in general, easy to maintain.

8. Aerated concrete

Aerated concrete panels install easily because they are not as heavy as concrete. They are also popular because they insulate against cold and heat, and thus, save power.

9. Composite panel cladding (non-metal)

In Australia, non-metal composite cladding is a mixture of wood fibres and plastic. It is used for locations where weather exposure can be extreme. Even in constant extremes, the homeowner doesn’t have to paint or reseal it frequently.

10. Aluminium composite panels

Aluminium composite panel brands, such as Alucobond, are popular composite panel cladding in Australia.
Reasons for the popularity, include the following:

  • Aluminium composite panels Sydney are strong despite their light weight.
  • They can be moulded in different shapes,
  • The cladding can be used for homes and large constructions.
  • Aluminium composite panel Sydney requires low maintenance.


Because of the variety of cladding material in Australia, including aluminium composite panels Sydney, it is recommended that homeowners discuss options with installing agencies.

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