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What Is Terracotta Cladding?

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    September 23, 2022 11:46 PM EDT

    Manufactured with natural and aged raw clay without other chemicals, fired at high temperatures, terracotta cladding is an architectural cladding material that provides certain degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance while creating an aesthetically pleasing facade.Get more news about Terracotta Cladding Texture,you can vist our website!

    Types Of Terracotta Cladding

    According to the installation approach and product form, terracotta cladding can be categorized into 3 types.

    1. Terracotta Rainscreen Cladding

    Terracotta Rainscreen Cladding system is based on the principle of rain screen. Comprised of terracotta panels, supporting track systems, ventilated cavity and vapor barriers, it's a back-ventilated curtain wall system.

    One of the highlight is the ship-lapped open joints, which makes it possible for the air to circulate between the cladding and insulation, thus, minimizing pressure differential inside and outside the wall cavities. Such system can shield most of the rain and snow from entering building envelopes. Meanwhile, a small amount of infiltrated water will be drained away through the system so as to protect the wall constructions of the building.
    2. Terracotta Precast Solution

    In this solution, the terracotta siding is embedded into large precast concrete panels. When it comes to the installation, solid terracotta panels with a thickness of 10-30 mm is often adopted. This type of solid tiles normally features a dovetail profile on the backside. Precast concrete panels are ideal for those projects that require terracotta facing design and also need the strength and durability of precast concrete constructions.
    3. Terracotta Sunshade

    Terracotta sunshade, also known as terracotta sunscreen, is a special terracotta wall cladding product. It can be used together with the terracotta rainscreen cladding to achieve a uniform and harmonious facade or as a separate design element to create a modern and distinctive building appearance. It is a unique terracotta cladding textures while providing shading for the building. There are variety cross-sections of terracotta screens that LOPO normally divided into terracotta louvers and terracotta baguettes.
    Excellent Performance Of Terracotta Cladding

    1. Durability and Long-lasting

    The terracotta cladding is a mixture of natural clay and water, which is extruded in vacuum and fired at a high temperature to a hardness and compactness that ordinary ceramic tiles cannot achieve. When the terracotta cladding is properly designed and installed, its life span is much longer than that of aluminum panels and fiber cement facades, and the color can last for a long time without fading.

    1. Energy Savings and Thermal Benefits

    Terracotta ventilated cladding system provides better thermal performance than conventional masonry cavity wall systems. Due to the constant circulation of air between the terracotta cladding and the insulation, the condensate is continuously evaporated, reducing thermal transfer to the interior of the building, thereby reducing energy consumption.

    With a sandwich wall design, the precast terracotta cladding also enhances the thermal performance of the building.The use of terracotta louvers and baguettes can effectively reduce the direct exposure of the sun. To some extent, this can reduce energy consumption and provide the comfort for the interior space.

    1. Low Maintenance Cost

    The surface of terracotta cladding is not likely to be dusty. It can be easily power washed every 2-3 years (or over even a longer period) and afterwards, it looks as if it were the original.The terracotta rainscreen cladding system does not use grout or sealants, therefore, reducing the need to maintain the joints.

    1. Safety, Eco-friendliness and Sustainability

    The terracotta cladding is fired at a high temperature, and being rated Class A fireproof – it does not burn, and proves to be a very safe cladding material.The terracotta cladding is made 100% of clay, which is environmentally friendly and harmless to humans and the environment.The terracotta cladding can also be recycled and reused as a new exterior wall material or as a building material.