The Solution Purveyor… Timber & Timber Composite Cladding Trends
There is a lot to be said for the beauty and warmth timber cladding can create, softening the built environment. However, the need for arduous and costly maintenance regimes with natural timber claddings, to combat the harsh Australian climate, is off-putting for most.
With a plethora of innovative timber and composite timber claddings on the market, that are offering more durability and less maintenance ‘timber’ cladding, timber is once again a feasible option for both residential and commercial projects.
Some of the trends we are noticing are…
Secret Fix Solutions: There are a number of different cladding solutions now that have secret fixings offering modern, crisp detailing. The Innowood Shiplap Cladding and Snap Fix Batten’s are two popular cladding profiles that offer fast coverage and easy installation. Due to a high proportion of wood fibre in the Innowood composition, it has a lot of natural tonal colour variation which, unlike other composite timber products in the market, stops the Innowood from looking like a plastic imitation.
Factory Applied Coatings: There have been many innovations in different timber coatings in recent times. In order to speed up the construction process, saving both time and money pre-finished cladding products are becoming much more desirable. Another benefit to factory applied finishes is greater consistency and a superior end result. During the manufacturing process of EnduraPanel, a WA manufactured Hoop Pine plywood cladding, the panels are coated in a dipping process using a special anti-rot, anti-fungal coating. As every side of the panel is coated, it performs exceptionally well in Australia’s harsh climate even in coastal environments. This performance is backed by a seven year warranty on the coating.
Timber Colour: There is a trend for lighter coloured timbers in exterior claddings – anything from American Oak through to Spotted Gum and Walnut tones. Influenced by the same timbers that designers are selecting for interior finishes the result is to blur exterior and interior boundaries. There is also a preference for grey, weathered timber aesthetic and in response to demand for these colours, Innowood has recently developed new colours American Oak and Light Weathered Wood. Due to the pigments and UV inhibitors used in the coatings of these new lighter colours, they are more resistant to fading and weathering, and are a great choice for Australian conditions.
Combining Different Profiles: By varying, combining and contrasting different sized, coloured or thickness of cladding profiles a myriad of different effects can be achieved. For example, Modwood traditionally a composite decking product, takes on a completely different persona when planks with varying widths or thicknesses are used in a cladding application as these two examples show.
And the amazing Millboard decking is about to make its debut as a cladding with an entire house being clad – it is under construction in the Perth Hills and we expect to show the finished product to you around the end of the year.