9 Benefits and Advantages of Using Timber Cladding
Timber cladding is an extremely versatile material, perfect for incorporating into building designs and creating striking façades. Sourced sustainably and lasting many years, timber cladding is an ideal material choice for many types of projects.
In this guide we’ve explained 9 top benefits of using timber cladding.
Timber Cladding can last a Long Time
If you are looking for materials that will last the years (who isn’t?), then timber cladding is for you. If positioned carefully and treated appropriately, timber cladding can easily last between 40-60 years, if not more.
Here at NORclad, we are able to offer pressure treatment to most of the timber cladding species, which provides a 30-year warranty against rot and fungal decay. For timber cladding that will last, contact NORclad.
Timber Cladding Looks Great
There is no doubt about it, timber cladding is stunning. Timber merges well with natural surroundings, creating a seamless blend between the environment and buildings. It brings nature into urban settings, breaking up the mundane. Timber cladding creates striking façades, catching the eye of any passer-by. No wonder timber cladding is so popular with architects!
Timber Cladding is Sustainable
As timber is a naturally renewable material, indefinitely replaced as trees grow, timber cladding is a sustainable solution. Another incredible environmental advantage of timber cladding is that it is essentially carbon neutral. Trees naturally absorb CO2 and release oxygen, balancing any emissions far better than other popular building materials.
At NORclad, we ensure our timber is sustainably sourced and produced using environmentally friendly methods. Our responsible sources follow strict felling and replanting protocol in accordance with environmental schemes and are FSC and or, PEFC certified. Read our environmental promise here.
Timber Cladding Has Health Benefits
There is a reason timber cladding is popular for modern education and commercial builds, and it’s not just because it looks good. Timber cladding has been shown to have health benefits from reducing stress to increasing productivity. Whether designing a hospital or education centre, architects can impress by incorporating timber cladding and letting users reap the benefits.
Timber Cladding is Dynamic
Timber cladding doesn’t have to manifest on a build as strips of wood. In fact, timber cladding can be used in a variety of ways, coming in a range of profile and finishes according to build design. There are many different applications of timber cladding; take a look at our gallery or case studies to get inspired.
Why not use timber shingles in your build? A fantastic alternative to traditional roof or wall tiles, timber shingles are a stunning addition to any building. Find out more about NORclad’s top grade Blue Label Canadian Western Red Cedar Shingles.
Read more: Using Cedar Shingles in Building Design.
Timber Cladding Naturally Changes Over Time
Weathering is the process whereby timber cladding changes in appearance over time due to the impact of environmental conditions. While this may sound like a damaging thing, weathering can be a wonderful development, naturally changing the appearance of your cladding giving it a gorgeous grey sheen.
We have put together a handy guide to weathering, so you can find out what it is, how it happens, and why it is such a good thing. If you aren’t so keen on weathering, there are treatments you can apply to timber cladding to slow the process. Pressure treatment with our Brunnea option is a popular solution to slowing weathering as it protects the timber without distracting from its natural beauty.
Timber Cladding is Durable
Timber cladding can withstand cold, wind and rain, especially if appropriately placed and cared for. Chips or other minimal dents are often hard to spot against the natural grain of timber cladding, meaning effects of wear and age are less noticeable.
Timber grown in harsher environments will inherently be more durable to the elements, however even more vulnerable species can be preservative treated to slow the degradation processes.
Timber Cladding Has Variation
Aside from budget, durability and a whole host of factors influencing specie choice, appearance plays a large role in the final decision. If you are stuck for ideas and can’t decide which timber cladding you would like, take a look at our helpful guide to colour and appearance of different timber species.
Timber Cladding Acts as Insulation
Timber cladding is effective for both heat and sound insulation, trapping in heat and ensuring sound does not escape. Better at retaining heat than concrete, steel, and aluminium, timber cladding is both functionally and aesthetically ideal for buildings.
Effective insulation from timber cladding and shingles reduce the reliance on heating and cooling systems in a building, promoting environmentally friendly energy usage.
Learn More with NORclad
If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of using timber cladding or would like to source some top-quality cladding for your next build, please don’t hesitate to contact NORclad today.
We are timber cladding specialists with over 40 years of experience in sourcing, treating and providing the ultimate timber cladding. We work closely with architects and builders to find the perfect timber cladding for each individual project, ensuring environmental and design visions are met.
Get in contact with timber cladding specialists NORclad today.
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