Nortwood Composite Panel

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Most Popular Questions

Why shouldn't I go with timber cladding and siding options?

Compared to traditional wood or timber cladding and siding options, NORTwood products are: 

Maintenance-free – Our products come pre-stained and painted.

Moisture and pest-resistant – NORTwood panels are 100% moisture-resistant and waterproof. Keep mold and pests at bay.

East to install – We incorporate clip technologies in fluted and slatted panels for quick and efficient DIY installation.

How do I clean wood composite products?

A. Our wood composite products require little to no cleaning, but dust and dirt can accumulate after a storm or in a year. We recommend warm, soapy water for cladding boards. Use a soft bristle brush or sponge to clean the panels but not harsh steel wool. Wash chalked and marked areas with hot water, soap, and detergent.

We recommend power or jet washing that isn't more than 3100 PSI for a deeper clean. Please also use the fan attachment to prevent splintering and damage to the finish.

Can I use nails to install NORTwood composite materials?
We recommend using composite screws rather than traditional nails to prevent damage when installing our wood composite products. 
Can I paint composite siding?
Yes, but the best thing about our composite siding products is that they are almost entirely maintenance-free. It will remain pest and moisture-repellent without a coat of paint.
Is composite siding waterproof?
Yes. Composite wood siding doesn't expand or rot if it is exposed to moisture and, thus, doesn't attract mould. This ensures the structural stability of your property compared to wood and vinyl, which can crack under extreme temperatures. 
What are the advantages of composite panels?

Composite panels offer several advantages. Firstly, they are lightweight, reducing the load on the building structure and making installation easier and more cost-effective. Secondly, they provide excellent thermal insulation, helping to regulate internal temperatures and reduce energy consumption. Additionally, composite panels are durable, weather-resistant, and have superior fire resistance. They also offer a wide range of design options, including different colors, finishes, and textures, allowing for customization and aesthetic versatility.

How do composite panels contribute to energy efficiency?

Composite panels play a significant role in improving energy efficiency. The insulating properties of the core material help reduce heat transfer, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment and minimizing the need for excessive heating or cooling. This leads to lower energy consumption and reduced utility costs. By incorporating composite panels into building designs, energy efficiency standards can be met or even exceeded.

Are composite panels environmentally friendly?

Composite panels can contribute to environmental sustainability. They are often made with recycled materials, reducing waste and promoting recycling efforts. Additionally, the energy-saving capabilities of composite panels contribute to overall energy conservation. It is important, however, to ensure that the manufacturing processes and materials used in the panels align with sustainable practices and comply with environmental regulations.

How do I maintain composite panels?

Composite panels require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient to keep them in good condition. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that may damage the surface. Inspect the panels periodically for any signs of damage or wear, and address any issues promptly to ensure their longevity and performance.

Can composite panels be customized to match specific design requirements?

Yes, composite panels can be customized to meet specific design requirements. They are available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and finishes, allowing architects and designers to create unique and visually appealing facades. Whether you prefer a sleek modern look or a more traditional aesthetic, composite panels offer the flexibility to achieve your desired design vision.

Can composite panels be used to enhance the acoustic performance of a building?

Yes, composite panels can be used to enhance the acoustic performance of a building. Composite panels are typically made by combining different materials to create a panel with improved properties. These panels can be engineered to provide sound insulation, absorption, or both, depending on the specific requirements of the building.

Here are a few ways in which composite panels can enhance acoustic performance:

  1. Sound insulation: Composite panels can be designed to reduce the transmission of sound from one space to another. They can incorporate materials with high sound transmission loss properties, such as dense cores or viscoelastic layers. When properly installed as walls, floors, or ceilings, these panels can effectively reduce airborne sound transmission and provide a quieter environment.

  2. Sound absorption: Composite panels can also be engineered to absorb sound waves, reducing the overall noise levels within a space. By using porous or fibrous materials in the panel construction, such as mineral wool or perforated metal sheets, the panels can effectively absorb and dampen sound energy, preventing excessive reverberation and echo.

  3. Vibration damping: Some composite panels are designed to dampen vibrations caused by external sources, such as traffic or machinery. By incorporating materials with viscoelastic properties or using layered constructions, these panels can absorb and dissipate vibrational energy, minimizing the transmission of vibrations into the building and reducing the impact of noise.

It's important to note that the specific design and configuration of the composite panels will depend on the desired acoustic performance goals and the characteristics of the building. Acoustic consultants or engineers can help in determining the most suitable composite panels for a particular application and provide guidance on their installation for optimal acoustic enhancement.

Which one is better – composite or vinyl siding?

PVC panels, in general, are less expensive than WPC. Composite sidings are designed to be durable and can last for 50 years compared to vinyl siding (PVC product), which can last for half of that duration. So if you are looking for long-lasting siding solutions, go for wood composite products.

Are composite panels suitable for regions with extreme weather conditions?

Composite panels can be suitable for regions with extreme weather conditions, but it depends on several factors, including the specific type of composite panel and its construction.

Composite panels are engineered to combine the properties of different materials to create a panel with improved performance. The choice of materials and their composition can affect the panel's durability, thermal insulation, moisture resistance, and overall suitability for extreme weather conditions.

What is another name for composite siding?
Wood composite siding is also known as engineered wood siding since it is made of wood waste bonded and compressed with special resins. The result is a cladding and siding material that is stronger and more cost-efficient than traditional wood.

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