Exterior cladding has become a popular design feature for properties over the last few years. Whether it’s a new build house or a modernisation project, cladding offers a versatile and attractive option for enhancing and overhauling appearances.
Traditionally, timber has been the main material used to produce exterior cladding planks. While it is a highly aesthetically pleasing option, timber requires a great deal of maintenance and tends to rot over time, meaning it will eventually need replacing. Depending on the species of wood, the treatment used and how well it is taken care of, timber cladding will last approximately 40 to 60 years.
Innovations in exterior cladding
From the moment wood is cut, it will begin to degrade. Therefore, proper maintenance is essential to ensure it remains looking its best. However, new innovations in exterior cladding have addressed issues with longevity and properties are increasingly being clad in alternative materials with excellent results and numerous benefits.
Here at NYEs, as well as offering timber options, we also supply the increasingly popular alternative to wood: HardiePlank® fibre cement exterior cladding.
This durable, low maintenance cladding provides a stylish and strong alternative that looks just like real wood and has quickly become the façade of choice for many builders and homeowners alike.
HardiePlank® is non-combustible and offers high durability, making it able to withstand the elements even in extreme weather conditions. Extensively fire tested under the 13501-1 suite of fire tests for CE compliance, it offers the highest rating possible (A2, s1-d0) making it a safe and reliable material.
In addition to its safety features, HardiePlank® is also extremely lightweight, making it quick and easy for builders to install – something which is essential in helping to save time and money on busy building sites or home improvement projects.
Fibre cement, which was developed by James Hardie® in the early 1980s, is a composite material made from reinforced cement containing cellulose fibres. This means that not only is it robust and stable, it is also eco-friendly and extremely versatile. HardiePlank® is available to purchase in 21 colours and two different textures – smooth or cedar – so it has all the beauty and charm of its timber counterpart.
HardiePlank® has been used on everything from refurbishment projects to New England-inspired new build properties across the UK. Whether you’re installing it vertically or horizontally, or mixing it with other materials, it is the perfect solution for quick, easy, cost effective applications that create beautiful and eye-catching exteriors.
Whether you’re working on a construction project or making home improvements, we can help. For more information about our products, get in touch and our friendly team will be happy to assist you.