From boosting curb appeal to adding insulation, there are plenty of good reasons to add cladding to your property, but you’ll need to be careful when it comes to choosing the material. Some people are tempted to choose artificial materials such as uPVC due to its lower cost, and yet this is almost always the wrong decision.
Here are just a few reasons why wood makes a better choice.
Adding cladding to your property isn’t particularly difficult, but it’s not the sort of task you want to repeat every couple of years. With that in mind, it only makes sense to pick wood over other options. If properly treated, wooden panels can last for hundreds of years, especially if you use an old growth hardwood. Laminate might seem like a long-term solution since it’s a manmade material, and yet the maximum life span tends to be around 15 years. The problem is that UV light makes the material become brittle, so cracks are more likely to develop. Laminate can also fade or discolour under UV light, and that process is going to start immediately.
Some people make the incorrect assumption that wood is not an eco-friendly material to use for cladding. Of course, wood is a natural product, but it’s a sustainable one when sourced correctly and used for projects meant to last for a long time. Manmade building materials are very different, and, from an environmental point of view, much worse. Oil and chlorine are used during production, and it’s a very hard material to recycle. Don’t be misled by the fact that materials such as vinyl can be recycled – the process is extremely costly, making little economic sense.
In many ways, vinyl is very low maintenance, but that’s only because you’ll generally be forced to replace it instead of maintain it. Laminates are quite sticky, so they retain the dirty airborne pollution that comes into contact with it. Mould is a common problem, and stains are very hard to remove. Wood seems high maintenance since it must be refinished relatively regularly, but maintenance is really quite easy. The types of timber typically used for cladding are naturally weather resistant and durable enough to stand the test of time.
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