Last Updated Aug 6, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Timber cladding is a material that is becoming more popularly used on the exterior of buildings due to its beauty. However, timber cladding not just beautiful, it’s practical and using it on your home means that you’ll be able to take advantages of all kinds of benefits.
Cladding is defined as a material that can be affixed to the exterior of a building in order to provide a decorative and functional finish. In this case, the cladding is made from timber. Timber cladding generally comes in boards that are long and narrow and that are overlapped. However, it can also come in shingle or panel forms. It can be installed horizontally (the most popular way), vertically, or even diagonally, depending on the look that you are trying to achieve.
The first thing you think of when you hear of timber cladding is that timber is beautiful. It is a classic material that is suitable for use on traditional or contemporary styled homes. It is available in different finishes to allow you to choose one that you like the best. You can leave the timber natural where it will fade to an attractive silvery gray colour, or you can finish it using stains, oils or paints. Timber cladding is also very flexible design-wise. For example, you can use it to clad the entire exterior of your home or you can choose to combine it with other materials so that the timber cladding becomes a “feature wall”, so to speak. Using timber cladding on your home will also increase its resale value.
You may be surprised to learn that timber cladding is actually quite environmentally friendly. The timber itself is taken from sustainable sources (such as plantations) and requires much less fossil fuels to manufacture than other types of cladding. Timber cladding can also be recycled effectively once it is at the end of its useful life. Timber is also a great natural insulation material and using timber cladding can reduce the need to use bulky masonry foundation walls. If you combine the timber cladding with other types of insulation, your home will become even more energy efficient. Timber cladding also has good sound absorption qualities so exterior noises will be fainter inside the home.
Timber cladding is relatively lightweight so it is quick to install and easy to work with. It is also a relatively strong material. The timber is generally treated before installation or a naturally resistant species of timber is used.
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