5 Reasons To Go With Timber Cladding

It is very attractive. It is a great addition to an insulated system. It’s also one of the most cost-effective options. It’s easy to see why this is a popular choice.

An Intro to Timber cladding

In recent years, timber cladding has seen a revival. It has been an increasingly popular choice for both new and residential extensions. Recent popularity increases in the commercial construction industry are quite notable.
Public expectation has moved to natural and sustainable materials in the built environment. It’s no surprise that architects and commercial clients are choosing wood for their new and existing buildings.

The five main advantages of timber cladding:

Sustainability

This is its most distinguishing quality. Wood is made directly from wood from trees that have been sustainably replanted. These days, many suppliers will provide proof of the origin of the materials. Timber cladding panels are recyclable or can be reused at the end. You can rest assured that your contribution will be a positive one.

Attractive aesthetic appeal


Wood looks amazing. Wood is natural, versatile, and warm. There are many combinations and options available, depending on the type of enhancement or finish. Designers and architects have come up with new ways to use timber cladding to create stunning effects.

Durability and long-term viability


Timber cladding is made from tough stuff. Timber cladding can withstand the elements and hungry insects, from tougher trees to modified species. They can last between 30-60 years and are easily replaceable or repaired if taken care of.

Insulation friendly


Another important green credential. They are very good for use with an adequate insulation system because of their natural insulation qualities. They are also less likely to require green insulation, and they provide excellent thermal efficiency and soundproofing.

Cost


Timber is often the most affordable material as well as for installation. Timber cladding is often the most cost-effective option for a lifetime because of its lower maintenance costs.

Consider these key points when choosing timber cladding to enhance your project:

a. Type of wood
b. Profile or orientation (eg horizontal, vertical or diagonal).
c. Type of building or wall (new construction or existing buildings).
d. Durability and
e. Suitability.

Wood type – There are three main types of timber: softwood, hardwood, and modified wood. The species from which the wood is made refers to the type of tree it comes from. There are many varieties. Modified timber refers to wood that has been subject to additional treatment to enhance its quality (e.g. heat or chemical treatment to increase durability and resist decay).

Profile – Timber cladding is usually applied horizontally. However, a Vertical orientation is growing in popularity. This gives architects more design options. Particularly if you choose a unique diagonal effect, the type of timber cladding panel connection must match the profile.

Building type The way timber is attached to a building will depend on its orientation and the foundation to which it is to be used. For more information on how to install timber panels, please see our Top Tips below.

Durability Timber cladding is durable and can last for a long time, particularly if it has been modified. Different wood types have different levels of durability. This is why clients often opt for modified timber to enjoy the aesthetic benefits and increased resistance to the elements, mold, and insect damage.

Suitability Timber cladding is generally not suitable for high-rise buildings. Another factor is the possibility of using a less durable material in wet conditions, and the effects of natural fluid leakage such as sap or tannins on the surrounding materials. This is why some metals, such as zinc, a very popular cladding material, may be damaged or marked by excretions from certain types of wood.

Some timber cladding options can present challenges


Timber cladding can also have some disadvantages depending on the requirements. It is not recommended for tall buildings. It may not be strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions, especially if it is made from weaker and untreated wood. Depending on the structure they are fitted to, the woods that are harder might be heavier.

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