When you choose timber cladding, you can give your home a warm and authentic look. Many types of wood are suitable as facade finishing and you can also choose to combine the wooden wall cladding with insulation. In this article, you will discover the benefits of timber cladding for sheds, as well as much more useful information on facade cladding.
Timber cladding and its obvious benefits
Preferring wood siding allows you to enjoy a wide choice in colors and styles. Indeed, a large number of wood species are offered to you, of different colours and finishes. Wood is a very aesthetic material and helps to give a facelift to your home. The advantage of wood cladding is that it combines very well with other materials such as brick or concrete: it brings a touch of modernity! In terms of laying technique, the blades can be fixed vertically or horizontally, each technique giving a different effect to your home. Loire Eco Bois will propose a tailor-made project according to your needs, for a cladding, a wooden house or a terrace!
Which wood to choose for timber cladding?
The choice of the wood type will be one of the most important price determinants if you opt for an external wall covering in wood. It is recommended to choose a hard type of wood that can withstand the weather conditions to which it will be exposed. Timber species are classified in different durability classes, ranging from I to V, with me as the hardest species. You should, therefore, choose wood types of durability class I or II. Below are some possibilities for placing a wooden cladding:
A hardwood cladding lasts a long time and gives a warm appearance to the home. The wood ages naturally over time. There are a lot of hardwoods that are used as facade cladding. Among other things, European oak, American cedar, and merbau are among the possibilities. Not every type of wood is always available and scarcity on the market can sometimes lead to high trade prices.
2. Thermowood facade cladding
Thermowood is European wood that has been preserved through a lengthy heating process. During this process, not only does the amount of moisture in the wood decrease, but the chemical structure also changes, making the wood resistant to insects and fungi. Thermowood is a good choice if for environmental reasons, you prefer not to use tropical hardwood or if you find hardwood too expensive. Thermowood requires almost no maintenance and does have the looks of hardwood but not the ecological disadvantages.
Plywood consists of several layers of wood that are glued together. Due to the method of bonding and the crosswise placement of the wood layers, plywood is very strong compared to other wooden facade cladding of the same thickness. In order to be suitable as facade cladding, the plywood must be well protected against moisture. This can be done by staining the wood or finishing it with a special coating. A plywood cladding is a good investment if you are looking for a reasonably cheap wooden cladding and your regular maintenance (staining once every four to five years) is not a problem.
Tip: invest in insulation!
Facade insulation is a smart move to limit heat losses in cold weather and to keep the house as cool as possible in hot weather. The installation of a new facade cladding is, therefore, an ideal opportunity to invest a little extra in insulation. Many people decide on V Tongue and Groove cladding, butthere are plenty of options so do your homework on these.
This will certainly increase the price of the facade renovation, but in the long term, you can benefit from it in the form of a lower energy bill. In addition, there are of course also the ecological advantages of adding insulation.