Cladding for Homeowners and Self Build Properties
Natural wood look with no need for painting, treating or sealing.
Dura Cladding low maintenance composite cladding has a natural sense of style
If you’re looking to undertake a self-build, renovation or home improvement project using cladding, there are several factors you’ll want to consider before deciding on your final material.
Cladding – or ‘siding’, as it is sometimes known – is a means of covering the external wall of a building with another material, such as wood, concrete, fibre-cement or metal.
Choosing the right cladding for your property is about more than just enhancing its appearance. The right cladding can protect your home from the elements for years to come and will have a dramatic impact on its value and saleability in the future.
Whilst timber has always been a popular cladding choice, as a material it has several major drawbacks. At the cheaper end of the market there are a range of softwoods that can vary hugely in appearance because of the presence of knots and other natural defects. These softwoods require regular painting and staining which can prove costly over the life of the cladding, and is always time consuming. More expensive hardwoods such as oak require a little less maintenance but contain high tannin levels which can leach out during exposure to the elements, resulting in dark streaks.
With its natural wood look and enhanced durability Dura Cladding is the ideal composite alternative to wood cladding. Made from a unique combination of recycled wood and plastic known as composite timber or WPC, Dura Cladding is an attractive, simple to install and economical way to finish your building’s exterior.
Unlike traditional wood, Dura Cladding never needs painting, staining, sealing or treating and is resistant to rotting, splintering and warping.
Enjoy the look of natural wood cladding with none of the drawbacks
Dura Cladding composite timber cladding offers clear advantages over natural wood cladding and comes with a fantastic 10 year warranty and 25 year expected service life. It is ideal for any self-build or home cladding project as a colour-stable and low maintenance alternative to real timber planks.
Dura Cladding also offers advantages over other kinds of exterior wall cladding such as fibre cement which can be challenging to install, may require periodic repainting and can be brittle and awkward to handle.
Dura Cladding’s unique composite timber formula produces a longer lasting cladding that is environmentally friendly, easy to install and requires minimal maintenance.
Dura Cladding composite timber cladding is suitable for a wide range of home projects
If you’re renovating a property, remember that it may not be necessary to clad the entire house. In some cases cladding just the upper storey or including a feature panel of Dura Cladding will smarten up a tired and drab exterior. If you’re planning an extension and want to incorporate cladding, adding composite timber Dura Cladding as a feature on both the new and old walls can help create a cohesive, matching design. A full range of complementary trims and accessories are available, making it easy to work around details such as windows and doors to achieve a smart and uniform finish to your cladding.
If you’re drawing up plans for a self-build or new build home, Dura Cladding composite wall cladding is available in both contemporary and traditional styles, in colours ranging from the darkest Barn Black to the lightest Cedar to suit any style. If you live in a Conservation Area, National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Broads, you may need to apply for planning permission before cladding the outside of your house, so be sure to check your local authority’s requirements before getting started.
Consult our free Technical Manual to help with your installation
Dura Cladding is simple to work with and easy to fit using ordinary carpenters’ tools. To get the best results we recommend working with a professional builder or contractor with previous cladding installation experience.
All cladding designs should be approved by a licensed architect or engineer prior to installation, and remember to refer to the gap guide in our Technical Manual to ensure your composite cladding planks have adequate space for expansion and contraction.
Battening and breathable membranes must be used, providing a fully ventilated cavity. Each Dura Cladding plank must be supported every 600mm, and extra care is required to provide sufficient battening around obstacles such as windows and doors. For more information, view the Dura Cladding Technical Manual by clicking here.