Decorative Cladding

VIVALDA rear ventilated facade cladding systems: the ideal solution for the energy saving measures required today, both for old and new buildings.

The traditional solution to keeping rainwater out of buildings has been to provide walls that are fully sealed against the weather by the use of barriers, joints and sealants. Unfortunately the failure of such walls due to material degradation, poor workmanship and unexpected building movements has been far too common an occurrence. Ventilated rainscreen facade cladding offers a solution which utilises the natural wind airflow to control rainwater and prevent it from entering the building.

The concept of a rainscreen cladding façade offers a relatively simple solution to the problem of keeping rainwater out of buildings and although there are several variations, the principal concepts are:

  • The careful design of ventilated cavities that use wind pressure to dissipate the energy of driven rainwater
  • Properly designed drainage paths which collect and direct the water away from the cavity

Today, ventilated facades are applied worldwide because they enable architects to meet every requirement in any climate. By creating a two leaf construction for the external wall, the ventilated air space between the cladding and the construction serves to maintain a healthy indoor climate. The effectiveness of a rear ventilated cladding system is maintained even under unfavourable internal or external atmospheric conditions, e.g. in the textile industry, swimming pools, breweries etc. No other wall construction is currently able to fulfil the growing requirements for protection against heat, dampness, noise and fire.

Penetration of rain is minimised and condensation is drained out through ventilation inlets and outlets. The ventilated air space serves multiple functions. The air in the cavity will circulate due to air pressure and thermal differentials over the height of the building. In a cold climate this causes condensation at the rear of the cladding to dry. In a warm climate the moving air will cool the inner layers of the construction thus reducing the demand for cooling energy.

Ventilated cladding systems have a space between the cladding and the outer wall – an ideal location for insulation materials. Rain water and condensation are removed naturally by air flowing through the cavity – so that the insulation material remains in good condition and remains effective over time.

The continuous circulation of air in the cavity between the inner structure and the outer cladding skin helps moisture to evaporate and keeps the building dry and well-insulated, greatly minimizing the possible development of mould and mildew.

In today’s building designs there has been a distinct move to a more dynamic and modern appearance of homes, places of work, public and private buildings; with clean lines and fresh facades. The range of decorative cladding that VIVALDA distributes allows unlimited creative opportunities for designers to produce aesthetically interesting projects more in line with the modern trend in architecture by moving toward smoother lines and brighter colours. This is evident in the appearance of façades, fascias, soffits, gables, eaves and window panels finished with decorative cladding because it not only produces a great look, but offers an economic and maintenance free exterior

VIVALDA’s portfolio includes all the major cladding brands such as Trespa, Equitone, Cembrit, Steni, Parklex, FunderMax Exterior, Formica, Werzalit, Rockpanel and Prodema which are manufactured from various natural materials and finishes, providing a wide choice of product options including cement bonded particle boards, high pressure laminate, stone aggregate and fibreglass.


EQUITONE is one of the leading providers of roofing and cladding solutions to the construction industry.

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An autoclaved fibre cement sheet which is manufactured from a mixture of cement, organic fibres, fillers and water.

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Parklex Prodema's work and dedication in development and production are combined to offer a product that meets the standards of even the most demanding projects.

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Rockpanel Cladding

Rockpanel is a sustainable board material which is mostly used in ventilated constructions; façade cladding, roof detailing, soffits and fascias.

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Formica Cladding

Formica Group is on the cutting edge of building envelope art and science with the innovative exterior lightweight rainscreen cladding solution that redefines the landscape of contemporary construction for both new builds and renovations.

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Cembrit Cladding

The Cembrit range of fibre-cement claddings offer a choice of panels with strong technical specifications.

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VIVALDA supplies all Fundermax external cladding panels range that includes 3 different models accordingly to the surface finishes: Fundermax Max Exterior F-QUALITY, Max Exterior NG/NT and Fundermax Max Exterior HEXA.

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WERZALIT® façade systems offer all the advantages of a back-ventilated curtain façade which are built to last with innovative wood materials and offering lasting weather protection for exterior walls.

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Parklex Prodema has an exclusive composition for its products and creates beautiful panels with high standards of quality and durability.

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Viroc® is a composite panel consisting of a mixture of wood particles and cement called the Cement Bonded Particle Board (CBPB). It combines the flexibility of wood with the strength and durability of cement, allowing a wide range of applications both indoors and outdoors.

Image supplied by Investwood: Architect: Transversal Atelier Architecture & Design Photographer: Joao Rosado Photography

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Aluminium Composite Materials

Aluminium Composite Material is the ideal facade choice for buildings to create a contemporary design concept.

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Steni Cladding

Design with colours, graphics, textures and gloss levels. With STENI façade panels, the design possibilities are unlimited. Colour, texture, shine and patterns offer freedom in the creative process – combine the elements to give a building project its own unique identity.

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James Hardie

Durable beauty. Economic solutions. Easy to install

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ALPOLIC – A strong brand for strong partners and large projects.

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