All about Wood Cladding
Wood cladding has many advantages when used as an exterior cladding solution on building facades. Firstly, wood is naturally beautiful, creating a warm and earthy feeling. Every piece of wood is entirely unique in its look, with it own unique colour and grain pattern. Wooden cladding features endless different colors and textures, along with numerous finishing options that can be selected. Further to this, wood is a lightweight material that can be easily altered, re-painted or stained throughout its lifetime as a building material.
Timber cladding is also highly favoured as an exterior cladding solution also because of its sustainability credentials. Highly durable, it is completely biodegradable and entirely renewable as a material. Because of its sustainable properties, wood cladding is widely used and promoted within the green building industry and movement.
There are many different types of wood cladding. Among the most common types of wood cladding are timber softwoods. These include Western Red Cedar, European Larch and Douglas Fir. A key aspect of these types of wood cladding are that they do not require preservative treatment in order to gain superior resistance to rot and weather. Hardwoods such as oak are also naturally stable, resistant and durable to the elements.
Other types of softwood, such as spruce and pine and fir require preservative treatment in the form of organic solvents or other chemicals in order to gain the necessary durability to stand up to the elements when used for exterior cladding applications.
An emerging type of wood cladding is that of thermally modified timber cladding. In this case, wood is treated at high temperature in order to remove moisture in order to gain durability and stability as an exterior cladding material.
Naturally beautiful, wood cladding is certainly one of the most versatile and positive cladding solutions available today. It is easy to understand the widespread popularity and appeal of this very natural cladding material.
Manufacturer Spotlight: Accoya
Produced by Accsys Technologies, Accoya® is positioned at the forefront of innovation in wood cladding. An extremely durable, non-toxic and sustainable form of timber cladding, Accoya is a treated softwood product with the look and technical performance of a hardwood. It is designed specifically for exterior cladding applications including furniture, decks, stairs, building facades, windows, structural elements as well as endless interior applications. It is very low maintenance and robust
Accoya uses acetylation technology in order to achieve superior exterior cladding performance. This leading patented technology results in superior resistance to rot, insects and inclement weather. Accoya has a warranty of 50 years when used in applications above the ground.. It features a 25 year warranty when submerged in water or buried beneath the earth.
Accoya also boasts outstanding environmental properties. In addition to being completely non-toxic and durable, its origins as a material lie in FSC forests and plantations that are renewable.
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