Modern plinth panels have replaced heavy and expensive finishes. Such material is actively used for cladding the house and its foundation, facing gables, walls, decorating facade elements — entrance doors, porches. Buildings finished with basement siding look neater and more beautiful than the rest.
Facade panels for the plinth — the pros and cons
Facing panels for the basement of the house is an innovative material, it includes several components that provide protection and durability of the building. Siding has many advantages due to which it is gaining its popularity:
- The building takes on a refined style.
- Durability, reliability in operation.
- Withstands harsh climatic conditions — high humidity and temperature fluctuations from -50°С to +50°С.
- Resistant to mold and fungus.
- Does not give in to processes of corrosion and rotting.
- Withstands operation for up to 50 years, while maintaining an attractive appearance.
- Requires minimal care.
- It has a low weight and does not increase the load on the foundation.
- Easy to install.
- Has a low cost.
- Wide selection of colors and textures.
- Flammability of polypropylene material, they are not recommended to be installed on buildings associated with fuel. In a fire, the siding will melt, but it won’t let the fire go any further.
- If the siding is not properly secured, it may crack.
Cladding panels for plinth
Facade panels for the basement of a house are made cast or pressed, can have a different structure and imitate the surfaces of natural materials such as brick, stone, board. Depending on the composition from which they are made, siding is divided into polymer, metal and fiber cement. Each type of finish has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Plastic panels for the basement of the house
In the production of plastic panels for the plinth, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and acrylic plastics are used. They are perfect for protecting wall insulation in a ventilated facade, finishing the foundation. Plastic siding is lightweight, does not rot, allows moisture to pass through, and does not deform. It does not emit harmful fumes and is not subject to combustion. PVC panels are inexpensive, durable, do not need maintenance and periodic repairs.
Facing the plinth with plastic panels is easily done on your own, without inviting specialists. Thanks to the unique system of locks, finishing elements for corners, cornices, windows, the installation of siding is much faster than other finishes. A large selection of material that imitates natural materials allows you to decorate the building in any color and style.
Artificial stone panels for plinth
Facing panels for a stone plinth are made of cement with sand with the addition of mineral chips. In their production, dyes and forms are used that give the siding the necessary color and relief, imitating various natural materials — granite, marble, onyx, travertine, slate, sandstone. With the help of the material, you can decorate smooth, torn, hewn or antique masonry. The luxurious appearance of the stone, reminiscent of stately country estates, will make the house truly beautiful.
The characteristics of the material are no different from natural analogues, such a finish attracts with strength, moisture resistance, frost resistance, and retains heat. At the same time, the cost of decorative panels is much cheaper than natural stone. The material does not require special care, its installation can be done independently, observing a certain technology.
Sandwich panels for plinth
Socle sandwich panels are a modern, inexpensive and durable material for high-quality insulation of the foundation. They consist of two layers of cement-based boards and a core of heat-insulating material — high-grade foam, expanded polystyrene or mineral wool. Their installation is carried out very quickly, advance leveling of surfaces is not required — only a crate is needed.
Sandwich panels for the basement of the house are characterized by high thermal insulation and sound absorption, withstand severe frosts and temperature fluctuations, their service life is 30-35 years without the need for restoration. They are fireproof, environmentally friendly, do not rot, have low thermal conductivity. The owners are attracted to this material by the low cost and excellent savings on heating the house.
Fiber cement panels for plinth
Fiber cement siding is a new environmentally friendly material with significant strength. Its soundproofing qualities are superior to plastic and metal counterparts. Such siding is made of cement and cellulose fibers, its main advantages are frost resistance, durability, absence of corrosion and rot, non-combustibility, resistance to fading and temperature extremes.
The main disadvantage is high water absorption, so the plinth is finished with fiber cement panels on a layer of moisture-proof film. The siding does not have lock joints, it is mounted with an overlap using self-tapping screws or metal plates. The outer coating is made using polyurethane, acrylic, it is possible to spray with stone chips, due to this, the lining can imitate various materials.
Stone panels for plinth
The use of stone panels for the plinth is a fashionable trend in construction. Their texture has a complete resemblance to natural masonry, but such material is more affordable. The use of modern technologies makes each stone in the panel unique, giving it its own size, shape, color. The laying of the foundation can be supplemented with sheathing and some parts of the facade.
Finishing the basement with decorative panels looks realistic, there is no feeling of artificiality when looking at such a foundation. The slabs have hidden edges, so the floor looks seamless. They do not fade in the sun, do not scratch, tolerate sharp fluctuations in temperature. In the future, the material requires a minimum of care — wet cleaning is enough to make it look great for a long time.
Clinker panels for plinth
Modern clinker plinth panels imitate beautiful brickwork on the surface. They are the standard for frost resistance, fire resistance, water resistance, beauty. The upper decorative layer of the material is made of clinker tiles, it can create a neat glazed, embossed, rough or aged surface.
The color of the material is selected for the design of the house, the range is large — from dark brown, burgundy tones to sand. Such panels are joined together using a system of spikes and grooves, this method provides high rigidity of the skin and its resistance to wind loads. Clinker facade panels for the basement of a house are often made two-layer, using a heat insulator.
Polyurethane foam panels for plinth
The polyurethane foam decorative panels on the plinth of the house deserve special attention. They are made from cellular plastic with the addition of marble chips, which are rolled into a polymer at high temperature. Externally, the material can imitate many textures — stone, brick. It consists of cavities filled with air, has a top coating of tiles.
The plates are light in weight, endure natural disasters and humidity, are durable and wear-resistant. Their fastening is made using the «groove» — »comb» system, competent installation provides the building with good ventilation. Such material can be used to finish the most complex, even curved surfaces. They can be cleaned with compressed air or a jet of steam.
Metal panels for plinth
Metal facade panels for the plinth are made of aluminum or galvanized steel, their surface is protected from above with a polymer layer. The outer tier of siding is smooth, corrugated or perforated. Such material is inexpensive, has a large assortment of colors. It weighs little, is resistant to moisture and frost, and has high strength.
Metal panels for the base have the main advantage — fire resistance. To protect the iron surface from corrosion, it is treated with double protection (polymer + zinc). The service life of such products reaches 50 years. To install them, it is advisable to use the services of professionals, for installation you need to make high-quality markings, build a horizontal profile, you can supplement the finish with thermal insulation.
Basement panels with insulation
Insulated plinth panels are a great way to combine cladding and thermal insulation. They consist of two layers — a decorative one made of tiles imitating stone, brick, other natural materials and polyurethane foam, rolled with mineral chips. There are many variations of colors and textures of thermal panels, they can imitate beautiful masonry.
Plates are mounted using the «comb» — «groove» system, high-precision connections do not allow the occurrence of cold bridges. Thermal panels withstand temperature fluctuations from -50°С to +110°С, have low thermal conductivity, do not absorb water, do not rot, are fireproof, easy to clean. They are durable and last up to 50 years. Their only disadvantage is the toxicity of some components.
Vinyl plinth panels
Front vinyl panels for a socle are made of polymers with addition of modifiers, dyes and stabilizers. They can have a different texture (smooth, embossed) and shade, imitate brickwork, natural stones, even wood. The siding is attached to an aluminum profile; in cold latitudes, it is recommended to install a heater under it.
Vinyl plinth decorative panels are fireproof, waterproof. They do not rot, do not rust, do not burn out, the strips can be cut, they are easy to install and maintain. The service life of vinyl material is 30 years. There is also a significant disadvantage — vinyl does not tolerate low temperatures and becomes brittle, a strong wind can cause cracking of the plates from vibration.
How to install facade panels on the plinth?
You can decorate the foundation with plinth slabs with your own hands, for this you need to follow a few simple steps:
- Sheathing the plinth with panels begins with the installation of the crate. Metal level guides, racks and plates are attached to the foundation.
- The outer corners of the foundation are screwed to the profile.
- The first panel is inserted into the corner, the plates are fixed flush with the upper guide with self-tapping screws.
- If necessary, only the lower part of the cladding is trimmed.
- On top of the plates, the ebb is fixed to the wall on a painted self-tapping screw. Joints are mounted at an angle.
- Sheathing of architectural elements of the structure is being carried out.