Fitting exterior cladding is a great way to insulate your home, protect it from damage, and give it an impressive new look. There are plenty of materials available to create cladding, but timber remains the most sought-after option, and not without reason.
Here are just four reasons why you’ll never regret using timber for your cladding.
First and foremost, timber is a beautiful material that adds a dash of timeless style to any home. Since your cladding will be a very visible part of the home, looks are far more than a superficial consideration. Whether you’re having friends around or trying to sell the property at some point in the future, timber cladding will help strike a great first impression, and it tends to look even better as it becomes weathered.
One of the main reasons people choose to add cladding in the first place is to keep the heat in and the noise out. Timber is perfect for both goals; it offers significantly reduced thermal conductivity compared to metal and is very effective at blocking sound. If you live next to a busy road or really want to see your energy bills drop, timber cladding is where it’s at.
Timber cladding does require some maintenance, but not as much as you probably think. As long as you treat it every year or so, it should stay looking fantastic, and it won’t dent like metal would if struck by an errant football or falling branch. If any scratches are made, they won’t be anything that you need to worry about. In a very short amount of time, those scratches will fade away to become just another part of the timber’s unique character. If serious damage does occur, you will only need to remove the damaged planks.
Timber is a relatively light material that can be quickly cut to size. That makes it both easy and cheap to work with. You’ll get your cladding faster, and you won’t need to spend as much on installation and labour.