Although steel cladding has been around for decades, its popularity is seemingly on the rise and its benefits are becoming more and more recognised. We often get asked whether we would choose steel cladding when designing permanent buildings but opt for a fabric cover for more temporary projects. The answer is no. We find that many clients start off thinking they only need a temporary fix but it ends up being a long-term solution, therefore we need to be sure that whatever materials we use for a project, they have the potential to be permanent.
There is a mis-conception that fabric is less durable than steel-cladding but actually they are both built to last. It often comes down to personal preference on aesthetics and our clients sometimes feel more confident opting for steel-cladding if security is of high importance.
Steel cladding is undoubtedly a durable option. This material can withstand many extreme external factors meaning the risk of damage is minimal and its lifespan is sustainable. Rarely does it need repairing or renovating and a simple soap and water solution is all that’s needed to keep it clean.
For some of our clients, steel cladding gives them the peace of mind that the mechanical stability of their structure is increased and they have added protection from changes in temperature, wind abrasion, sunlight and pollution. However, again that comes down to their own perception, fabric covers are no more likely to compromise the structural integrity of a building.
If a project calls for steel-cladding then great, its flexibility and versatility make it brilliant to work with. Furthermore, it has the ability to be easily collected, recycled and melted down to create new products at the end of its serviceable life, therefore helping us in our mission to be more environmentally friendly.