Cladding and Rendering: What Are My Options?

Cladding and Rendering: What Are My Options?

A decision we encounter on almost every build, especially on conversions and renovations, is whether to render the property with a smooth finish or clad it with materials such as timber or slate tiles.

Choosing either option will give the exterior of your home a complete makeover, transforming it to make it more traditional, modern, or in-keeping with the surroundings. Cladding or rendering also provides other benefits such as insulation and waterproof guarding, which can increase the value of your home.


There are many options when it comes to cladding, but regardless of which materials you use, they must maintain a certain level of thermal efficiency and airflow to fulfil planning regulations. The options that we see people generally using are:

Brick Slips and Stone Tiles

Brick slips are made from clay, whereas stone tiles are cut from actual stone. Both can create a traditional style and feel to the house, and they have the added benefit of having the longest lifespan before a significant alteration is needed.

Wooden Timber

There’s such wide range of different soft and hard-woods available like larch, chestnut, or oak, that any can be used to create the traditional or contemporary look you want. The only downside is that timber cladding requires regular maintenance because wood is more susceptible to weathering and colour fading.


This is incredibly low maintenance and one the cheapest options available for cladding. uPVC cladding can be bought with a wood-effect finish, and in different colours that last generally up to between 15 to 20 years before fading.


Like wooden cladding, there are many options such as zinc, steel, or aluminium, all of which offer superior water resistance and lower maintenance in comparison to other cladding materials. You should also consider how you’d like to shape the metal, as it can be flat or curved and cut into different shapes and sizes.


When choosing to render the exterior of the property, it’s important to decide whether you are going to use cement or newer polymer-based renders. Cement is more durable and offers better insulation, whereas the newer polymers and silicone-based renders are more flexible, breathable, and less susceptible to weathering. Both will transform the exterior of a house into a modern and contemporary style. Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog that goes into more detail about rendering – coming soon!

If you’re planning a renovation or large-scale build, contact Bespoke’s friendly Bristol-based team for a chat to see if we can help you build your dream home.