Wall paneling and cladding are both versatile home design products. The difference between wall paneling and cladding is the purpose, materials, and installation. However, there are circumstances where the two are used for the same function.  


In this post, we’ll dive into the ins and outs of wall paneling and cladding to determine which one is the best choice for your home. We'll also review the various panels and cladding materials to choose from, such as fluted wall panels


What Is Wall Paneling? 


Wall paneling is common in interior spaces because it creates visual interest. Paneling adds a layer of texture and style to a room while concealing any imperfections on the wall. It's available in a variety of colors and materials to complement your design aesthetic. 


Wall Paneling Costs


So, what is the cheapest wall paneling? One of the most affordable wall paneling materials is medium-density fiberboard (MDF), an artificial wood made from wood fibers and is similar to particle board. Other affordable wall paneling materials include wood-plastic composite (WPC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). 


You can get the same wall paneling design made from any of these materials. You can find beautiful, fluted paneling in these affordable materials at 27estore–these panels feature vertical grooves that can provide visual interest and dimension to any room. 


Measuring for Wall Panels


Next, it’s important to know how to measure fluted wall panels. When purchasing wall paneling, you must measure the space it will cover. You want to avoid ending up with not enough panels to complete the job. Here is a step-by-step guide to measuring your wall panels:


  1. First, measure the height and width of the wall. 
  2. Next, find the width of the wall panels you want to use. 
  3. Divide the width of the wall by the width of the panels.
  4. Round the answer up and order your wall panels accordingly. 


What Is Cladding? 


While wall paneling is strictly decorative, cladding is typically more durable and protective. You can find cladding on both the exterior and interior of homes. Cladding materials include stone, brick, metal, wood, and glass. 


Cladding can help protect the outside of your home from the environment and provide insulation. One of the most common forms of cladding in the interior of a home is the backsplash‒the tiles behind the countertops in kitchens are considered cladding.


You can make a statement with a large brick fireplace or stone cladding in the main living space. It gives a natural element to the interior and provides an impressive focal point. 


You could also create a stunning entrance to your home by adding cladding to the walls of your foyer. The entryway sets the tone for the rest of your space and can be a creative way to make a great first impression. 


Installing Wall Paneling Versus Cladding  


Depending on the material you choose for your wall paneling or cladding, your installation can either be a breeze or a little more challenging to install. Here’s why:


  • Wall paneling: Wall paneling is generally easier to install and can go directly over the existing wall surface. The installation method can include nails, screws, or adhesive. Our fluted wall paneling uses a Z-clip hanging method, and the panels snap together. 
  • Cladding: Cladding installation is more challenging than wall panels. Exterior installations are more involved because they need to be adequately sealed. Interior cladding can also be challenging if you've never installed that particular type of cladding before. We recommend hiring a professional to make sure it looks the best it can. 

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The Final Takeaway


Wall paneling is a great option to elevate the interior design of your home, whereas cladding is ideal for the exterior of your home, kitchen, bathroom, or a statement wall. Paneling is easier to install than cladding, and 27estore offers high-quality fluted panels you can put on yourself!