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Composite materials now provide a genuine alternative to wooden cladding

By Stuart Burns February 25, 2014

Having spent a great deal of time developing high quality, composite decking for exterior use, making the progression to creating an alternative to timber cladding was only common sense, and thanks to our extremely talented development team, we are now able to offer one of the most attractive and long lasting composite cladding solutions available anywhere!

As anyone involved in building design will tell you, there are a great many factors that need to be considered when it comes to deciding on the material to be used for the exterior of a building. Foremost, however, are the following issues…

Aesthetics

Obviously, as the exterior of your building will be the first thing visitors see when they arrive, the appearance of your wooden cladding is of paramount importance. First impressions are crucial and issues such as mould and discolouration can put potential customers/clients off before they have even set foot inside your building!

As such, it’s important to choose a type of timber cladding which is impervious to issues such as mould, rot, UV damage and cracking/flaking – something that is not necessarily true of traditional wooden cladding materials. Despite its attractive sanded wood finish, Dura Cladding will experience none of these problems and will stay looking pristine for years to come.

Not only does Dura Cladding come in three different styles, including flush and weatherboard, should you want your cladding to be a bespoke colour, this can also be arranged (given sufficient volume and a suitable lead time).

Installation

Because of their precarious position on the side of buildings, all cladding systems need to undergo rigorous testing in order to ensure they won’t fall or become dislodged during extreme weather conditions. This includes testing wind loading, screw pull through and other key elements.

Whilst the majority of timber cladding boards are typically secured to the wall at 400mm centres, testing revealed that Dura Cladding can be fixed to the wall every 600mm and still fulfil all the necessary pressure and loading requirements. Combined with the benefit that all our cladding boards come with pre-drilled holes, this can significantly improve installation time!

Further, thanks to Dura Cladding’s remarkable strength to weight ratio, getting the individual boards into position requires minimal effort and wastage.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials over traditional wooden cladding, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.