Exterior cladding description

Aside from contributing to house appearance and durability, exterior cladding is an important part of the water penetration control strategy. Common types of cladding are made of metal, vinyl, hardboard, fibre cement board or lumber siding; panel siding made of plywood, OSB, hardboard; wood shingles or shakes; stucco; and masonry cladding such as brick and stone.

Most siding can be affected by moisture and must be kept at least 200 mm (8 in.) away from the ground and at least 50 mm (2 in.) from an adjoining roof surface.

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