CLADDING OPTIONS

There are many cladding options when building with light gauge steel including:

¬ Elsek Cladding ¬ Brick Veneer ¬ Light Weight Concrete ¬ Fiber Cement Board Cladding ¬ Many Other Options

Essentially any cladding used with traditional wood frame construction can be used with steel. Also most traditional methods of cladding can be adapted to work with light gauge steel framing.

Elsek Cladding

Elsek Cladding is patented specifically for the required preference on the African Continent to create a stronger and more solid wall panel. This type of cladding is directly applied on the surface of the Fire retardant E.P.S. ( Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam ) and its strength equals that of concrete. To do this type of cladding two applications are made:-

  1. The first application is applied by spraying or throwing (by man power) a very light layer of Elsek’s special chemical / concrete mixture which bonds to the EPS surface. The chemical strength of the first application is stronger than the second application. We will give you mixture ratio of the sand, cement and the chemical during the construction period.
  2. After this dries (approximately within 5 days) the second application has to be made. This second coat is simple plastering mixture of the sand and cement and can be very thick or thin depending on the customer requirements.
Elsek Cladding

Elsek Cladding

Brick Veneer Cladding

Brick veneer is simply a veneer with a thin brick surface on the front. There are varieties produced for both indoor and outdoor applications, with installation varying greatly between the two. Some veneers look very similar to traditional red brick, while others opt for a more rustic appearance.

A mortar is spread on the wall and the bricks are set into place on top of the mortar. Plastic spacers separate the bricks during the drying process to create even spacing between them. Once the mortar has set up, the brick is then grouted. Indoor brick is most popular for decorating walls around inset fireplaces, or for producing an industrial feel in apartments that were once old factories.

Outdoor installation of brick veneer is very different than its indoor counterpart. The veneer is not installed directly on top of the house, but rather as a free standing wall anchored to the house. The anchors, also called brick ties, are connected to the house through joints in the mortar. The bricks are set on a foundation and built from the ground up and are supported by their own weight.

elsek_cladding-options-01There are a few disadvantages that should be considered by someone interested in installing brick veneer onto the outside of their home. The installation is not as easy as it may look, and most home owners without serious contracting experience are recommended against taking it on as a do-it-yourself project. Since the veneer is a separate structure when installed properly, it does not improve the structural integrity as one might easily believe it would. It can also be subject to water damage, although this can be minimized by providing drainage holes in the bottom of the wall. Like any brick structures, the veneer will need to be pointed in time. This process is a difficult one that involves grinding out the old mortar, and setting new mortar in its place.

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Light Weight Concrete Cladding:

This product can be created by the addition of either polystyrene beads (nonstructural) or a lightweight aggregate (structural). These products, although both are lightweight have several important differences and these must be noted before ordering.

POLYSTYRENE LIGHT WEIGHT CONCRETE (Non-structural) Specified by Density Lowest density [450-1000kg/m3 (3-5MPa)] Cement Type 100% OPC where available Aggregate Size elsek_wall-silversPolystyrene beads Slump +/- 60mm LIGHT WEIGHT AGGREGATE CONCRETE (Structural) Can achieve up to 30MPa dependent on density requirements – (800kg/m3 – 1600kg/m3) Cement Type 100% OPC where available Aggregate Type Combination 19mm and light weight aggregate Slump +/- 75mm Minimum Standard For Light Weight Concrete Note Concrete.

WHERE TO USE: Polystyrene light weight concrete

  • (Non-structural) • Insulation • Leveling/Screeds • Void filling LIGHT WEIGHT AGGREGATE CONCRETE
  • (Structural) • Structural light weight concrete requirements • Architectural finishes eg. Cladding

Careful consideration has to be taken when matching density and strength.

POLYSTYRENE LIGHT WEIGHT CONCRETE

  • (Non-structural) • exceptionally low densities are obtainable • Superior insulation • Can be hand packed • Minimal compaction required • Cost effective solution LIGHT WEIGHT AGGREGATE CONCRETE
  • (Structural) • Structural strengths obtainable at lower densities Time saving with backfilling
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