Investing in composite cladding is a great way of adding a unique, contemporary style to your home’s exterior. Whether it’s flush or weatherboard, classic mahogany or modern charcoal, there’s plenty of style options to suit your taste and property style.
When it comes to exterior rainscreen cladding, composite wood is a particularly good choice, being a low maintenance, long-lasting alternative to traditional timber, fibre cement or PVC cladding. It carries all the inherent benefits of timber – the warm look and feel – with none of the downsides. Composite cladding boards are resistant to rot, warping and UV damage, making them an ideal material for exterior walls, and best-in-class fire resistance (especially with Dura Cladding Aluminium) means that they are incredibly safe in a variety of design applications.
Whilst composite materials can be more expensive initially than some traditional timber, they offer a host of extra benefits that ensure a good-looking exterior cladding for years to come!
Can I afford composite cladding?
It can actually be a lot cheaper to add composite cladding to your home than you might think. It all depends on how much of your property you want to cover.
For example, a small area such as a dormer or the top section of a single elevation can cost under £1000 for our high-quality Flush Resist cladding. This means you can add a fresh façade to the front of your property, creating a refreshed look and point of difference between yourself and your neighbours. This sort of option is perfect for a terraced house or semi-detached property.
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger or with a bit more drama – perhaps for a semi-detached or detached house to include cladding multiple elevations or sections then you’ll need to spend a little bit more. The possibilities are virtually endless, allowing you to explore different colours and styles across your property and increasing its personality!
Finally, the cost of full cladding for a larger property or a standalone building (such as a garden room or a garage) will naturally be more expensive regardless of the style of your chosen cladding, but the longevity and low maintenance of composite cladding will definitely pay back in the long run, and will dramatically increase the kerb appeal of your property.
Do I need to hire a professional to install my cladding?
While Dura composite cladding is quick and easy to install, unless you’ve got great DIY skills, it will need to be done by a professional fitter. Someone who has the expertise and industry know-how to get it done as efficiently as possible.
The time it takes to install cladding wholly depending on the size of area of your property that you want to clad. For example, a single façade will take significantly less time than a full house cladding, as you might expect.
The cost of installation will increase with the amount of cladding you’re installing, which is an added cost on the purchase price of your cladding boards that you’ll need to consider before you buy. It’s always important to have your cladding fitted by a professional, as they can ensure a stable, uniform finish that will look great for years.
What about cladding maintenance costs?
One of the main benefits of installing Dura’s composite cladding is that it has the potential to save you a significant amount of money in the long-run. Unlike timber or other raw materials, composite boards do not stain, warp or lose colour over their life-cycle, and with minimal maintenance, they will look as good as new for decades. This is backed-up by Dura’s warranty and expected service life of 25 years across their composite cladding product range. To activate your warranty, you just need to install your cladding as per the instructions in our technical manual and register online with your proof of purchase.
One of the main benefits of installing Dura’s composite cladding is that it has the potential to save you a significant amount of money in the long-run. As discussed, unlike timber or other raw materials, composite boards do not stain, warp or lose colour over their life-cycle. Timber cladding by contrast will need yearly upkeep by way of treating, re-painting and staining, as well as more expensive jobs such as repairing or replacing damaged or cracked boards.
By adding a hard-wearing, contemporary cladding product to your home, you could also potentially increase the property’s value if you ever decided to sell. With minimal maintenance, your Dura Cladding will look as good as new for decades. This is backed-up by Dura’s 15-year warranty and long service life across the product range.
Dura Cladding Flush Resist is a low maintenance, sustainable external cladding, made from high performance composite timber. Ideal for new builds and renovations. Fire rated to Class B in accordance with European and British fire safety standards (BS EN 13501-1:2018).