Composite Cladding

Composite vs wood. Composite cladding is a synthetic material made to look like a natural material, most commonly wood or stone. When you are choosing an exterior material for your building you want a balance between an attractive material and a weatherproof surface. The facade of a building is the most visible part and as such you want it to look its best. Cladding is an extremely simple way to do this. It can be applied quickly to lift the look of a building. Once it's erected it can insulate your house better and make exterior walls last longer.


Sustainability

Composite cladding is made of plastics and timbre off cuts. While it is less sustainable than using wood, some cladding companies produce their product from recycled plastic to reduce its impact. Wood was the traditional material for cladding. While most sources of wood cladding are sustainable the material relies on careful forestry. Cedar has been farmed in North America for half a century and is proven to be sustainable.



Weatherproofing

Composite cladding, like most plastics, is extremely durable. It doesn’t rot, is watertight, and is hard to break. Weatherproofing wood cladding is done in two ways. Softwood is pressure treated with chemicals to provide the correct firmness while hardwood doesn’t require a surface treatment. Coatings can increase the waterproofing of timber without maintenance; there is a chance of rotting, chipping, or swelling.


Maintenance

The solid structure of composite cladding means it can be cleaned and its surface requires little maintenance. Wooden cladding like most outdoor wooden furniture requires cleaning. Seasonally brushing, cleaning, reapplying any wood stain or coating,


Appearance

If you’re looking at breaking up large stretches of brickwork or render, wood cladding gives a warm natural appearance that tends to