Timber claddingWhen you buy a new house, you may not know that it has some type of cladding on the outer walls. Cladding is a thin layer of material that protects the outer surfaces of the home from water and outdoor elements. It also makes a home more attractive and boosts its market value.

If you are building or renovating, you may want to consider timber cladding:

Choosing the material

As Peter Bracey explains, the material you choose for cladding will have an impact on how well it will suit your needs. Some materials require little or no maintenance, but may not be recyclable. Some may be reusable, but are not as durable as other materials. You need to think carefully before choosing the right kind of cladding.

Some of the factors you have to think about include:

• Appearance • Texture or profile • Environmental impacts • Durability • Finishes • Maintenance • Installation • Insulation • Weatherproofing • Cost • Vermin resistance • Regulations

The case for timber cladding

There are many types of timber cladding available in Australia. Producing timber cladding takes the least amount of energy compared to other materials. It is non-toxic and recyclable. This makes timber cladding the most environmentally friendly material of all cladding types.

Timber cladding is generally waterproof. It has good insulation against heat, cold and sound. It also provides better aesthetics than other materials.

While not as strong as concrete or metal cladding, timber can still provide sufficient protection for the home. Most materials are designed to meet Australian building standards. Manufacturers are very meticulous in terms of craftsmanship, as well.

Timber cladding is just one of the cladding options available to Australian homeowners. Choosing one over the others will depend on the situation of a particular home. Consult with a cladding specialist to find out what would be the right material for your home.

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