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The Cost of UPVC Cladding Per Square Metre


Fitting UPVC cladding to the exterior of your home can uplift the look and the market value. Cladding comes in a range of colours and finishes – it’s perfect for homes in any area. Cladding is an attractive, low maintenance and weather resistant solution for making exterior rendering or brickwork more pleasing.

UPVC Cladding is a great alternative to aluminium or timber cladding boards as it’s less costly, offers a better finish, and is an easier material for the tradesman to work with.

Benefits of uPVC Cladding

Background, texture of metal cladding.

The main benefit of fitting uPVC cladding to a home is to improve the exterior quality and attractiveness of the property. External cladding provides a smooth quality finish that replaces the previous brick or rendered exterior and quickly modernises your home. White uPVC cladding is often the most popular, but cladding PVC is available in a range of colours to suit your home and local area.

Furthermore, PVC cladding is easy to clean with minimal maintenance. Be sure to clean white uPVC cladding at least once a year with soap and water, to keep away visible grime build up. Other finish colours, such as grey or brown, may not show as much dirt build-up but are easy to clean every year or so. uPVC cladding is also water-resistant and won’t rot or wear over time, unlike timber cladding boards.

Exterior cladding also improves insulation on your home, and this is true of all effect cladding, including timber cladding, uPVC cladding, and aluminium. This helps to reduce the cost of your energy bills and retain heat in your home.

Types of cladding boards

Builder taking a sheet of chip board cladding from a stack against the wall with his gloved hands indoors in a new build home

Exterior house cladding is available in a range of different profiles:

  • Feather edge
  • Square edge
  • Tounge and groove
  • Shiplap
  • Shiplap tongue and groove

These terms relate to the way the uPVC cladding is cut, and how the individual pieces of cladding fit together. This choice is mostly for aesthetic reasons, but if your home is an irregular shape, choosing a particular profile may be essential to ensure the effect cladding fits together correctly.

uPVC Cladding board finishes

White chip board stacked against the wall inside a new build house with work table visible in the background in a spacious room

Depending on the area you live in and the look of local houses, there may be a community feel for the type of cladding that’s commonly used, and so you may want to match your cladding. For example, many homeowners on the coast choose a light blue external uPVC cladding to reflect the colour of the water and bring the seafront closer to home.

PVC wall cladding is available in a range of shades, blue, brown, black, and white. White wall cladding is often the most popular material and most commonly used in claddings across the UK.

Partial or full Cladding Covering

House with wall cladding

Houses across the UK vary in shape and style, and uPVC cladding can add to the unique design of your home. You may choose to install cladding across all brick or rendered areas of your home, which can be a costly undertaking. If the brickwork of your property is in a bad state, you may need cladding across the whole property to make it presentable.

Alternatively, you may wish to clad the top half of the front of your home, which is a good way to give your house a small facelift at a reduced cost. Many people across the UK complete this type of work – where the top half of their house has a wrap of uPVC cladding.

The lower half can remain as brickwork or render, in keeping with the style of the street. Cladding is also more popular on semi-detached or detached homes, rather than terraced houses, as the finish of the cladding is neater, and all edges match up seamlessly.

Costs of uPVC Cladding

Wall with cladding

uPVC Cladding is one of the less expensive types of rendering and has less cost than timber cladding boards per square metre. Depending on your budget, there is a wide range of uPVC cladding available, with white uPVC cladding as the least expensive.

The cost of uPVC Cladding ranges from £20 – £50 per square metre, depending on the quality of finish you’re choosing. Wall cladding prices can be cheaper through your tradesman’s suppliers or bought directly from a home improvement shop. It’s a good idea to research the type of cladding boards you have in mind, and understand the uPVC cladding prices for your project.

DIY or professional for exterior wall cladding?

A worker installs panels beige siding on the facade

As you can purchase cladding boards directly from a home improvement store or supplier, it’s possible to install external cladding to your own home, and many people do complete this work on smaller projects like sheds or outbuildings.

If you’ve had previous experience in building and working at height, this may be an easy job for you to complete. Watch out for unexpected challenges, including the shape of your home and hard to reach areas. You’ll also need a safe area and the correct tools to cut the timber material or white uPVC cladding boards to the correct sizes for your home.

If you are considering this as a DIY project, we strongly advise hiring scaffolding professionals to make sure that you are operating them safely. You’ll need to bring the heavy material up to the wall level, and properly secure them. Installing exterior render is often a two-person job.

Overall, we advise hiring an experienced tradesman to complete the work, which can add some cost to your project, on top of the cladding prices. Use Quote Check to find a much-needed tradesman to complete this work.

Professional Additional Labour and Equipment Costs

Two workers polish the apartment building with vinyl siding.

When considering a home improvement project, it’s essential to include labour costs into your initial budget estimations. Most properties will need scaffolding to reach all areas of the home to complete exterior cladding work.

This is also for the tradesman to work safely and effectively. Scaffolding can cost around £200 per day, depending on the size of your home. Use Quote Check to get quotes for installing cladding boards on your home. We help you to find many reliable and affordable tradesman in your area. We estimate labour costs for installing cladding to be around £150 – £200 per day. Search now for a more accurate quote.

Example pricing: Cladding on one exterior wall of a pitched roof house

Modern house

There is a wide variety of homes in different styles across the UK, which makes it difficult to estimate the cost of installing exterior cladding. Use Quote Check to find a local quote and get a better idea of the costs involved.

Here’s an example of the costs involved in cladding one exterior wall of a standard UK pitched roof house, which includes the following:

  • Standard white uPVC shiplap
  • Fittings and accessories
  • Labour costs for two tradesmen working for two days
  • Scaffolding, including erecting and dismantling, for two days
  • Waste removal from site

The total estimated cost for this work comes to £1700:

  • Total materials at £800
  • Labour costs at £500
  • Scaffolding hire at £400

This is a guideline cost for installing cladding to the pitched roof wall of an average UK home. This is helpful when scaling up to the size of your home and estimating the costs of this work.

You may find additional costs depending on the type of uPVC and finish you choose, the size of your home, the accessibility of your walls, and the experience of tradesman.

Get a quote today from Quote Check to find out which local tradesmen are available to complete this work on your home. We have a wide network of builders, roofers, plumbers, and more to help you with your home improvement journey.