Wood in Cladding
Photograph courtesy of NORclad.
Timber Cladding (also known as Timber Weatherboarding and Timber Sliding) is an extremely attractive and economic method to enhance the finish of any building project.
Using naturally resilient materials such as Redwood, Cedar and Larch, you are able to create a highly durable finish to new and existing buildings.
In addition to its natural strength and resilience, Timber Cladding provides excellent natural insulation and protection from the elements.
According to the Building Research Establishment, energy use in buildings is responsible for around 50% of total UK emissions of carbon dioxide. This is almost as much as industry and transport combined.
Using softwood Timber Cladding on a typical three-bedroom house can reduce the CO2 footprint of the house by 2.4 tonnes.
The natural cellular structure of wood provides good thermal insulation and protection from the elements.
The equivalent thickness of wood is 15 times better at insulating a building than concrete, 400 times better than steel and 1770 times better than aluminium.
Timber is waste efficient. Virtually all parts of a tree can be utilised during the build process. Even waste products are converted into particleboard and chipboard.
Wood is recyclable; it can be deposed of safely and it is biodegradable.
A timber certification ensures that the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests.)
Not only is Timber Cladding better for the environment and more efficient than other building materials, it is sustainable too.
Treatment helps to hold and protect the colour and aesthetics of the timber.
- Protects the timber from fungal decay.
- Protects the timber from wood-boring beetles or termites.
- Consistently enriches over time.
Choosing to use timber cladding for your project will enhance and enrich your building design.
It is always recommend that the work and installation of Timber Cladding are carried out by a professional installer.
Contributor: Alistair Brown FIMMM
For information about species see Wood Technology Society/Timber Species
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