How Much Does Cladding Cost?

The Cladding Cost in Australia is not fixed because it can vary according to the number of stories in a building, the type of cladding used, its size, and materials.

Cladding installation averages about $60 per hour. 


A major factor in the cost of cladding is whether or not a building already has a high-quality facade. If it does, that will likely save money but if it does not then there will be more costs involved to address any deficiencies and build an addition onto it.

There are various external cladding types available in the market today, each comes at a different cost and overall look for your project.

Weatherboard Cladding Cost

Weatherboard cladding is a common exterior siding used on buildings and homes in Australia. It is made from compressed wood chips and asphalt and has low solar reflectivity, which means it absorbs heat well in summer and retains very little of it in winter.

HardiePlank, one of the most commonly used weatherboard, may cost:

  • $3.25  175mm wide, for linear meter of baltic square edge 
  • $19.00 230mm wide, for 4.2 meter length of woodgrain 
  • $30.00 230mm wide, for 4.2 meter length of smooth HardiePlank

Aluminum Cladding Cost

Aluminum cladding. This type of material is lightweight and easy to work with, making it a popular choice. It is also economical, durable and recyclable.

Aluminum cladding is a common material used for building exteriors, especially on homes in colder climates. It is a protective layer that reflects heat back into the building. 

  • $16.00 for a sheet in a one metre length
  • $35 for roofing or corrugated cladding per square metre 
  • $23 for powder coated cladding or roofing per square metre 
  • $37 for Colorbond Ultra, works well for coastal areas, per square metre 

Timber Cladding Cost

Is an affordable option that can be used on most types of buildings. However, it does require more maintenance than other types.

Note that the costs below exclude the sealing and installation costs. Timber costs may vary depending on your supplier.

  • $9.00 for standard & $12.00 for select grade Tallowwood 
  • $8.50 per linear metre for Blue gum select grade 
  •  $7.50 per linear metre for Blackbutt
  • $8.50 per linear metre for Spotted gum
  • $7.00 per linear metre for Australian beech
  •  $7.50 per linear metre for Blackbutt
  • $3.50 to $7.00 per linear metre for tight knot pine

Vinyl Cladding Cost

Vinyl cladding is a common exterior material for homes and other buildings. It is used for a variety of reasons: it is relatively easy and inexpensive to apply, it looks good and adds value to the building and, when maintained properly, it provides protection against the elements.

  • $35 to $120 per square metre for Vinyl Cladding

Stone Veneer Cladding Cost

Stone and brick cladding can be used on a variety of buildings and they look particularly attractive when combined with other types. However, this type often comes with higher installation costs because of the size and material.

  • Cost may be between $235m2 and $320m2, including the stone veneer and installation.
  • Without installation cost, can be between $120m2 and $160m2.

How Much Does Cladding Installation Cost?

A cladding expert can charge up to around $60 per hour. The labour costs may vary, depending on materials, size and location-wise.

If you’re in Western Australia expect the installation to be more expensive, exterior house wall cladding can cost up to $65 and even $70 per hour. In total, the price range would be from $35 to $70 per hour.

Which Cladding Is BEST To Use?

If you want a low-maintenance house with a simple, clean look that will blend into the environment, vinyl siding is probably the best choice. It comes in many different styles and colors and it is easy to install.

However, if you want something that will add beauty and value to your home, then using stone veneer as the external cladding is the way to go. Both of these options give your home a more substantial and lasting appearance.

Another option is to use timber cladding. These are very expensive and quite rare. If you choose to use wood, you should make sure it is from a renewable source like a tree that has been grown using sustainable forestry practices.

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