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Why Choose Timber Cladding?

Throughout history, timber has been a popular and reliable material choice for a wide range of construction and garden landscaping needs. Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, wood is renowned for its versatility, durability, and natural aesthetic—and remains the go-to solution for a variety of outdoor design projects.

As well as the myriad of practical and visual strengths of timber, thanks to its sustainability as a natural resource, it also scores high with its environmental credentials. There really is no substitute for good quality timber. If you were looking for a perfect showcase for the numerous benefits of this miraculous raw material, then look no further than timber and natural cladding.

Practical Advantages of Timber

Timber cladding is known for its durability and long-lasting performance. Through a combination of wood's natural hardiness and treatment technologies—such as pressure-treated tongue and groove boards or the high heat treatment seen in our superb new ThermoWood® range—timber cladding is able to withstand the full gambit of weather conditions. Rain, snow, UV exposure, temperature changes; this high-quality product will not warp or deteriorate. This makes for a hugely reliable choice for outdoor use.

By and large, timber cladding is also incredibly easy to maintain. Durable, linseed oil-treated Linax cladding, for example, with a 50-year guarantee against rot, only requires minimal maintenance, with a recoating needed every 12 years.

linax cladding
waney edge cladding

Aesthetic Qualities of Timber

Timber cladding is available in a wide range of species, finishes, and profiles, making it a versatile option for achieving a variety of design styles. Whether it's loglap boards or waney edge boards for that traditional aesthetic, or something more contemporary with our range of IRO external cladding, there's something to suit each specific project requirements.

Thanks to the natural properties of wood, by which no two pieces of timber are the same, our range of cladding offers unique visual qualities that add warmth and character to any building project. Through the varying grains and colours available, endless design possibilities are achievable, encouraging innovation and creative freedom for the user.

Meanwhile, planed timber cladding, such as shiplap boards, can be easily stained, painted, or varnished—making it a timeless choice that can be customized to suit various design styles and preferences. From modern and minimalist to rustic charm, timber cladding can enhance the visual appeal of any building or structure.

iro cladding
iro dolphin cladding

Environmental Benefits of Timber

As climate change continues to be a pressing concern, the environmental impact of construction materials comes under greater scrutiny. Timber cladding offers significant environmental benefits over other materials such steel, aluminium, and plastics. As trees grow, they naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which is locked it into the wood. This makes timber a wonderfully renewable resource and a natural carbon sink. In contrast, the production of materials such as steel and concrete requires large amounts of energy and generates significant carbon emissions.

Timber is a natural insulator and its use will reduce the energy required to heat and cool a building. With a low embodied energy compared to other materials, meaning it requires less energy to produce, timber's overall carbon footprint is significantly reduced. Timber is also a highly durable material that can last for decades, and at the end of its life cycle, it can be reused or recycled, contributing to a circular economy and reducing waste.

dark bamboo cladding
iro coloured cladding

How can we help?

If you'd like to find out more about our extensive timber and natural Cladding range, to see how your construction project might benefit from the significant aesthetic, practical, and environmental qualities associated with this versatile product, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Whatever the nature of your design project, we have the timber cladding product you!

Posted on April 28th 2023

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