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Building exterior cladding (commercial and condo building)

When looking at the exterior envelope of your establishment (whether it's for a commercial or a residential building), your exterior cladding aims to protect your building, but also contributes to its aesthetic appearance! Just as you choose your clothing for its colour, shape and style, you should do the same with your commercial exterior to give it the best look possible! A modern, intriguing and unique look will catch the attention of your customers and improve the aesthetics and integrity of your business.

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Choosing the right siding for your property can be painless…with the right people behind you

Since there are countless siding solutions available to you, choosing the best option can be daunting, particularly if aesthetics and budget are priorities for you. The right siding contractor can help you choose the exterior siding that best protects the thermal envelope of your property — and installs it properly, so you get to enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.

Each condo, apartment or multi-dwelling building siding solution has its advantages.

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Make your building as unique as you and your business

You'll find a wide variety of exterior siding solutions on the market and your choice may become more complex than expected. How can you properly evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each material? The best option may be different for each building depending on your budget, the desired look, the association with the brand that you want to convey with a selection of colours, for example, and much more. Nevertheless, be aware that it's wise to prioritize your choice of commercial exterior cladding by the protection it offers to the thermal envelope of your building. The most commonly used exterior cladding materials on the market are:

  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl siding
  • Fibrocement
  • Wood fibre (CanExel)
  • Brick
  • Natural stone
  • Treated wood
  • Acrylic coatings

Aluminum exterior cladding

Positive points:

  • Good resistance to bad weather
  • Finish that can remain intact over the years if it isn't subject to significant physical impact
  • Coating available in a wide range of colours

Negative points:

  • Can be fragile due to its density. It's not invincible against shocks and scratches. In opting for this choice, one must make sure that no heavy object, such as vehicles, will come in forceful contact with it

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Vinyl exterior cladding

Positive points:

  • Requires little maintenance
  • Good weather resistance
  • Good protection against parasites and mildew
  • Easy to install and maintain

Negative points:

  • Material made in-part with nonrenewable natural gas
  • Must, in some cases, be manufactured with additional materials to increase its fire resistance

Fibre cement exterior

Positive points:

  • Very resistant to mold, pests and high winds
  • It's easy to install
  • Requires very little maintenance over the years
  • Doesn't require additional materials to increase fire resistance

Negative points:

  • It's not the most resistant of all. Its lifespan can reach 40 years if it is well-maintained, otherwise, it will degrade before this period

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Wood fibre exterior cladding (CanExel)

Positive points:

  • Less expensive than wood (being a synthetic imitation)
  • Good weather resistance

Negative points:

  • Its installation is a little more rigorous than other materials (important to have the right experts at the time of installation to avoid the risk of water infiltration due to improper installation)
  • Looks a little less prestigious than other materials

Exterior brick cladding

Positive points:

  • Very popular all over the world, since it brings a certain elegance and value to your business
  • High weather resistance
  • High performance as a firewall
  • Lifespan can reach 100 years if properly installed
  • Its maintenance is minimal and if your brick is well installed, it is not affected at all by pests and mildew

Negative points:

  • Due to its weight and its installation being more than rigorous, one must call upon masonry experts in the field
  • Its cost is often the highest in the market compared to other materials

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Exterior cladding of natural stone

Positive points:

  • Offer a unique style to your business
  • High weather resistance
  • High performance as a firewall
  • Long lifespan
  • Its maintenance is minimal and if your brick is well installed, it won't be affected by pests and mildew

Negative points:

  • Due to its weight and rigorous installation, one will need to hire masonry experts
  • Its cost is often the highest in the market compared to other materials

Wood exterior cladding

Positive points:

  • The most ecological of all
  • Production is very low in pollution - generating a minimal amount of CO2
  • Several types of wood are available on the market depending on the colour, style and desired strength
  • Rustic and elegant style
  • The wood coating has an average lifespan of 25 to 55 years depending on its maintenance

Negative points:

  • Not very weather-resistant
  • More difficult to maintain and not effective as a firewall
  • Vulnerable to pests and mildew

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Acrylic exterior cladding

Positive points:

  • Insulation against variations in temperature
  • Durability over time

Negative points:

  • A low-quality acrylic can be risky in the face of infiltration upon being damaged.

How do I identify the best cladding materials for my commercial building?

It is best to seek advice before making your choice on any of the materials available on the market. With the help of experts, it will be easier for you to make an informed and justified choice and arrive at the optimal solution that meets your criteria.

RenoAssistance can help you make your commercial exterior cladding project a success.

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One way or another, you'll need to protect your building

Whether you are looking to choose completely new exterior cladding for your new commercial building or to repair damage to your existing cladding, it can have a significant impact on the aesthetics and value of your building. We can assist you in all stages of your project and recommend the best-suited contractors to carry out the repair or replacement of the cladding of your commercial building.

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At the first signs of deterioration, it's important to take action to prevent further damage from water infiltration. Waiting could cost you more in the aftermath of repairing water damage, such as decontamination of mold, the rebuilding of structures, etc. Repairing or replacing the exterior cladding helps to protect your building and ensure its durability. Therefore, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a specialized exterior cladding contractor before major damage is caused to the thermal protection membrane or structural materials of your building.

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Your RenoAssistance advisor can provide you with valuable assistance in choosing the contractor who will carry out the cladding or siding work on your home. From simple advice to obtaining qualified contractor tenders, your advisor is there to help you identify the best solutions. Our goal is to put up to three 360° Verified Contractors in competition for your commercial exterior cladding project to get you the right market price and maximize your chances of having a successful project with the experts in the field!

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For your commercial exterior cladding project, you need to make sure you only hire contractors who are verified, experienced, and who will ensure you achieve the desired end result for your business. Our contractors and commercial architects have all gone through our stringent vetting process to ensure they have the right licences, valid insurance, no unresolved official complaints, no concerning litigation history, strong history of financial health and especially that they have a consistent track record of satisfied customers!

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