Terracotta the best option above 18m for the construction industry, according to external cladding supplier, Aquarian Cladding.
Terracotta cladding is the best option above six storeys for the construction industry following the ban of combustible cladding on certain buildings above 18m.
That’s the view of Paul Richards, Managing Director of Aquarian Cladding Systems, who believes that the Government’s decision to ban combustible cladding over 18m, as part of its post-Grenfell fire safety and building design consultation, does not have to be to the detriment of the cladding industry.
Combustible cladding has been banned for all new residential buildings, schools, hospitals and care homes in England and Wales above 18m, of which the only materials approved for external walls will be A1 and A2 class materials.
As a result, architects, specifiers, building contractors and housing associations are being forced to look for clay, metal, stone or ceramic façade solutions, which are easy and quick to install in any weather, robust, fully tested and certified and cost-effective for these types of buildings.
“As an industry we must determine the right cladding option to use above 18m and in my view, a terracotta rainscreen is the best solution to overcome this challenge,” said Paul.
“It ticks all the boxes as it is A1 non-combustible, tested and certified, is quick and easy to install by our approved installers, and it’s cost effective when compared to other high-quality façade solutions.”
The North Somerset-based Aquarian Cladding supplies brick and terracotta cladding systems to the UK construction industry across a wide range of sectors, from residential to commercial, in both the public and private sector.
One example of where the company’s Terreal terracotta cladding can be seen is currently the No.1 Portsmouth scheme by façade contractor Fabrite Group, a 22-storey student accommodation in the heart of the city centre.
Paul said: “Terracotta is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for architects and contractors as a non-combustible cladding solution for high-rise buildings for a number of reasons.
“It is a 100 per cent natural material composed of clay, fired at high temperatures and it can create striking façade. It’s robust, weather-resistant, recyclable, sustainable and UV-stable, so is also very eco-friendly.”
Terracotta is suitable for use in both traditional and contemporary buildings and has proven to outperform alternative cladding systems for durability as well as offering design freedom and flexibility.
It can be dry-fixed so it’s not weather dependent, it can be used to create stack or stretcher bond in portrait or landscape format, and is available in a wide range of colours, finishes and sizes.
Paul added: “Our proven terracotta rainscreen cladding system, combined with more than 10 years of cladding experience, means we and our network of approved installation companies can offer guidance around fire safety, façades detailing and building regulations.”