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Head to Norway and almost every home is designed with beautiful timber cladding. Painted in bold reds, clean whites and old-school yellows, it is a trend which provides both form and function in Scandinavia, and now it is becoming more popular in Britain as well. But cladding has been a part of British architecture for longer than you might think and, though undeniably modern in design, has a traditional background. 

If you are considering it for your property, we have put together a list of some of the benefits you can expect to see. Be warned, though – you will not want anything else for your home’s exterior after reading these!

Aesthetic Appeal

Timber cladding lends a natural beauty to a building’s exterior. It is a cosy, warm addition which can suit both minimal, modern trends as well as more old-school aesthetics. The unique grain patterns and textures of timber cladding boards make each project one-of-a-kind, for a visually pleasing facade which can hide all manner of sins beneath!

An Eco-Friendly Choice

We cannot ignore the sustainable perks of timber cladding. A renewable resource, natural carbon store and completely biodegradable, it is a no-brainer if you are trying to create a greener building. Just be sure you opt for FSC-certified or PEFC-certified timber where sustainable forestry is always a priority, keeping your project as eco-friendly as possible. Learn more at EcoChoice. 

Lightweight… But Strong!

Timber cladding is a lightweight building material, making construction a whole lot easier and reducing structural complexities. In terms of sustainability, it reduces the CO? released during transportation, which is a definite bonus. Do not be fooled by how light your timber boards are, though; they are also incredibly strong! This helps them to protect the wall beneath, keeping your property in good condition for years to come.

A Durable Choice

When properly maintained, timber cladding can last for decades. Even if a couple of boards begin to look worse for wear after 10+ years, you can easily replace them without having to take apart the entire structure. Treatment and care will help your timber last longer, with endless products out there which will improve its resistance to rot and decay. 

For an easy, low-maintenance option, why not look into pre-treated timbers? Innovations like ThermoWood and OrganoWood are tough and durable, creating hardier woods without a negative environmental impact. 

Flame Retardant

Despite general belief, timber does not actually catch fire easily – we know, who would have thought it? Your cladding can also be treated with flame retardants, maximising the safety of the product so that you will feel safe and cosy in your home.

Find Your Timber Cladding Boards at EcoChoice

The properties of your timber will affect its suitability for use as cladding, making it crucial you choose the right species for the job. If you are not sure what that is, we can help. As timber cladding and decking experts, we will be happy to learn more about your project before pairing you with a species which suits your needs down to a T. Simply reach out to our friendly team today and let’s get your cladding project rolling!

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