Wood Cladding is a popular choice for many homeowners. It’s a time-tested material that gives homes a distinct look and a natural, timeless beauty. Before choosing wood cladding for your house, however, you need to weigh its advantages and disadvantages to decide if it’s the right choice by your home.
Pros of Wood Cladding
1. Wood Cladding Is Easy to Paint
Wood is the ultimate chameleon, being easy to paint or stain to suit your home’s character or your aesthetic preferences. If you buy pre-painted of factory painted cladding some our ranges have 10 years or 15-year warranty, as these are painted in a factory-controlled environment in the Whitewood Spruce from the Timber Focus, Protac, Woodmood, Puidukoda Ranges.
2. Wood Cladding Is Eco-Friendly
When it comes to cladding, wood is one of the most eco-conscious materials available.
Wood is environmentally friendly because it is:
- A Renewable Resource: Some types of trees – notably cedar – grow especially quickly, making them a sustainable resource. We also supply wood cladding that is FSC or PEFC Certified.
- Biodegradable: Even if wood ends up in a landfill, it will decay to a compost-like substance.
- Energy-Efficient Production: Wood siding takes less energy to manufacture than petroleum-based wood cladding options.
For homeowners focused on reducing their environmental footprint, choosing wood facade can be a proactive decision.
3. Wood Cladding is Easy to Repair
Wood cladding is easy to repair and replace if it’s damaged:
- For small holes, use wood putty to fill them.
- With warped cladding, you can screw it tight. You might also need to shorten it with a saw.
- Replace boards completely if the damage is extensive
As you’re making repairs, make sure you investigate what’s causing the problems and fix underlying issues quickly.
4. Wood Cladding properties can be improved e.g Fire Resistance or fire performance of wood cladding can be improved e.g Euroclass B-s1-d0 (s1 Smoke Production – d0 Flaming Droplets).BS EN 13823 & BS EN 11925-2 Single Burning Item Equivalent to the UK “Class O” BS 476: Part 6 & BS 476: Part 7 or Class 1 and Euro Class C. This is available from Timber Focus for both fire treated internal and external wood cladding.
Wood Cladding aesthetics can be improved with different textures e.g brush, sawn fine sawn, charred, burnt, or Charred-Burnt-Scorched-Cladding, aged look, rustic look to give a modern, shabby chic look
Cons of Wood Cladding
1. Cost of Wood Cladding
Although it is attractive, wood cladding is also can suit a wide range of budgets from as low as in the spruce whitewood pine £5m2 to over £100/m2 shou sugi ban, SertiWOOD Cedar- Clear Durable Hardwood the most expensive types of siding available on the market, though it might be an investment worth making depending on your home – including its location and how long you plan to live there. If you are looking at mid or the range of average wood cladding prices you will be looking in the region of £25/m2 this is in the painted cladding in spruce whitewood with a minimum 10 year to 15-year warranty or in Siberian Larch AB Grade, thermowood all readily available
2. Maintenance Requirements
To keep wood looking its best and protect your home from the elements, you need to proactively maintain your wood cladding:
- u’ll need to repaint or re-stain your wood cladding every 3-7 years on average depending on the finish or wood type you select.
- Inspect your cladding regularly to locate any problems (including mould and mildew). Leaving issues unattended to can lead to rotten wood, which means you’ll have to replace your cladding – a costly undertaking that can be avoided with simple, routine maintenance.
- Protect against pests by routinely checking for and plugging weak spots. Animals like squirrels have a bad habit of gnawing on wood and can fit through holes as small as 3.8cm, so it’s important to find and fill holes early to prevent further damage.
Remember, do not plug holes if you suspect animals might be already living in your home as that will only trap them in. If you suspect animals might be making a house out of your home, call a professional to assess the situation and remove any critters before you close off access points.
Ultimately, the best way to keep your wood cladding looking and performing its best is to inspect it routinely and perform regular maintenance – whether you can handle it yourself or need to call in a professional cladding contractor to ensure your cladding is in tip-top shape.
Composite Claddings: The Best Alternative to Wood Claddings.
In your search for cladding, have you considered composite cladding?
Composite cladding is commonly made from wood fibres, which are heated and compressed to transform them into hard boards these can be mixed in with plastics or cement fibres.
The benefits of composite cladding include:
- Minimal Maintenance: With composite cladding, the colour is baked in, which means there’s no need for you to paint or stain it.
- Superior Variety: Composite cladding is available in a range of colours, textures, and styles that can mimic other siding materials.
- High Affordability: Compared to wood, composite cladding is a more affordable option for many homeowners.
- Proven Durability: Composite cladding is engineered to keep moisture out and resist warping, buckling or shifting.
- Environmentally Friendly: Wood-based composite sidings are energy efficient, helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer
Caution has to be taken on the end of life of composite cladding as some of them cannot be recycled
Work with an experienced home contractor to help you choose the right siding for your home.