What’s the difference between cladding and a façade?

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Peter Overton
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PETER OVERTON

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The terms façade and cladding get thrown around a lot, both referring to a building’s exterior design, but do you know what the difference is? Learn more about what cladding is and how it differs from a façade with Kladworx. 

Is there a difference between cladding and a façade?

Whilst both cladding and façade refer to a building’s exterior, cladding and façades are different, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably. However, cladding can be used to complete the exterior front face of a building, and therefore could be considered to be part of a façade. But what is a building façade?

The term façade refers to the main exterior design of a building, usually the side that is made to be attractive and faces the street. The term describes the appearance of a building, including the style, design, and colour. 

When you think of Buckingham Palace, for example, the side that faces out onto The Mall is the façade. Similarly, the front of your home that faces out to your neighbours is a façade, but there isn’t necessarily any cladding on the building. 

What is cladding?

Cladding refers to an external layer that protects the building from the elements, whilst also providing style and design elements. Often, cladding is associated with the material that covers apartment blocks and office buildings. 

Common  types of cladding include stone cladding, metal cladding, cement cladding, timber cladding, glass cladding, and brickslips to name a just few. 

Cladding and Façade Systems at Kladworx

Kladworx are consultants, estimators, and suppliers of some of the most bespoke facade systems on the market. With the change within the facade industry causing uncertainty amongst specifiers, we can make the process simple, working with manufacturers and fabricators to ensure specification, costs, and design are all in hand. Get in touch today to discuss your project. 

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