We understand that timber cladding holds many accountable properties, but what exactly is the downside?
Like all timber, wood cladding is susceptible from damage from insect and fungus attacks. Less durable timber like European redwood should always be treated and, depending on how and where it is used, may need to be recoated. If your building is in an inner city or a difficult location, access will prevent a challenge.
In regards to sustainability, the energy that is used when transporting timber will need to be considered. If you’re looking for something more durable, of a higher quality, you may need to search farther afield.
The cladding can shrink and expand along with temperature changes and weather moving from wet to dry and back again. Green oak can shrink as much as 10mm over a 150mm board. Those fitting your cladding should be made aware of this and take it into consideration.
The main issue of exterior timber cladding is the staining from the fixings. If this isn’t done correctly by a timber professional, then you’ll be left with stains on your cladding surface. If you’d like to keep a consistent appearance, bear in mind that external cladding is exposed to the elements and may fade in comparison to areas in sheltered areas.
The weathering of your cladding isn’t a major issue per se, in fact, it’s something of beauty when your cladding fades to a silver-grey. However, bear in mind that your boards won’t all weather evenly, although they will fade to the same colour in time.
To conclude, timber cladding is not at all bad. It just requires proper installation, use and maintenance.