Wood Cladding – A guide to all you need to know

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Wood cladding – Have you ever heard of people talking about cladding, but you don’t know what they are talking about? Or do you wonder what it looks like and what the purpose of cladding is? Look no further, in this article we will discuss what cladding really is, and why to choose wood cladding.

What is the definition of cladding?

Cladding is the application of one material over another with the function to provide a skin or layer. In the construction area, cladding is used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance. Construction also uses cladding to improve the appearance of buildings. Did you know that cladding can be made out of a wide variety of materials? These materials include:

  • Wood
  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Vinyl
  • Composite materials that can be a mix of wood, aluminum, blends of cement, recycled polystyrene and wheat/rice straw fibers.
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What is cladding on a home?

Cladding is a non-loadbearing skin or layer that is attached to the outside of a home. This helps to shed water and protect the building from the effects of weather. Cladding is a key element in the aesthetic appeal of the home and it directly influences both the building costs and the property’s value. Did you know that your choice of cladding has a significant effect on the environmental performance of your home?

The primary roles of cladding are to control the infiltration of weather elements and the egress of water vapor while providing a durable, aesthetically pleasing appearance. The secondary role is that it can include sound and thermal insulation, fire resistance, and the capacity for cleaning in dusty, polluted or vandal prone environments. Your choice of which cladding to [use should be based on a careful assessment and prioritization of each of these roles for each orientation of your home.

Wood Cladding

Wood cladding is an excellent way to protect your home from nature’s unpredictable elements. Individual pieces of timber are installed over the exterior walls to protect the walls. In doing this, it helps to maintain the structural integrity of your home. It also serves as a decorative technique. In this way, it enhances the appearance of your home.

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What are the benefits of wood cladding?

Ease of installation

The relatively lightweight nature of timber enables quick and effective installation of the wood cladding. The installation of the wood is easier to handle. This makes it faster to complete. It also helps to drive down construction costs, which makes wood a cost-effective choice for cladding purposes.

Durable

Did you know that wood cladding can last for several years when it is properly maintained? It has a high impact resistance that helps to reduce damage to your home. Scratches and chips on the wood siding are not as transparent as they are on other cladding materials. You can do special treatments during manufacturing in order to enhance the durability of the wood, including making the wood more resistant to fire.

Energy Efficient

Wood has a high insulation property. Its low thermal conductivity is much lower than steel and concrete. With this, it helps to reduce energy consumption that is required to heat and cool the cladding down. Also, it helps to sustain energy resources on the planet and it saves you money over a period of time.

Versatile

Wood cladding has a variety of home designs because the wood can be trimmed to any size. The wood is also available in various patterns. You can use the wood cladding on various architectural designs. Their flexibility allows any scale or project. Did you know that the wood also allows you to experiment with decorative effects? You can stain or paint the cladding, or allow the wood to go through its own natural process of weathering for a unique and attractive color.

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Environmentally Friendly

Wood is a naturally renewable resource, unlike some non-renewable construction materials. A minimal amount of non-renewable fossil fuels are required to produce wood, in comparison to other construction materials. Did you know that wood is also 100% recyclable? This makes it one of the most environmentally friendly materials that you can use for any construction use around your home.

Acoustics

Your choice of siding can help you to insulate your home. There are some materials that allows noise to filter right through the walls into the house. However, when you do cladding with wood, it can help filter out noises from the outside. This is because wood has an excellent sound-absorbing property, making your home a tranquil haven.

Natural Beauty

The main reason why people choose to use wood cladding is its natural beauty. Wood cladding gives a warm feeling, and once it is weathered it is able to blend into their natural surroundings. This type of cladding allows you to create a transition between buildings and woodland. Now, you don’t want to look at concrete every day, do you?

Customizable and changeable

Wood cladding is way easier to replace than other exterior finishing materials. So if you want a change in the future – wood is guaranteed to be the least hassle. Wood is one of the cheapest materials to customize since it does not require any special equipment. Wood cladding looks fantastic when it is painted, and even with stains (there are various stains available on the market). The design opportunities with this type of cladding are endless for creative homeowners.

How do I treat my wood cladding?

UV Protectant

UV Protectant (Owatrol Textrol HES) can be applied by the brush, cloth or spray method. This type of protective treatment shields the wood cladding from sunlight damage. This results in the wood preserving its color for a much longer period of time.

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Protective Paint

Paint can also be applied to coat the wood. However, this process will hide the natural grain of the wood and replace it with a solid color.

Heat Treatment

There is an alternative option for protecting your cladding. This option is known as heat treatment. It helps the wood to become more weather durable and stable, ensuring that it doesn’t react differently to separate climates and temperatures. Heat treatment also prevents the wood from shrinking or expanding.

The history of the heat treatment is particularly interesting. When building defense fencing, the Vikings discovered that wooden poles did not last as long as wooden poles with a burnt surface. Though studies that have explored thermal modification have been going on for many years, the Thermo wood process was not patented until the end of the 1990s.

How long does wood cladding last for?

Wood cladding is known to last for more than 30 years if it is properly maintained and taken care of.

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