Warping is an issue that plagues wood cladding and is one of the reasons why homeowners are moving away from installing wood and looking for alternatives. Composite cladding is designed to perform better than wood in general and especially in this aspect. And although it does do just that, composite cladding can still warp to a degree. In this article, we look at why and how it can be prevented.
What Is Warping?
Warping is a state or condition of being physically bent or twirled out of shape. It is the distortion of structural material.
What Causes Warping?
Warping occurs when a structural material absorbs moisture. This can be affected by rain, heat, or dampness. Also, exposure to fluctuating temperatures can make material like wood warp.
Does Plastic-Wood Cladding Warp?
It can warp if it is not installed correctly. Composite cladding needs space to expand; if this is not provided for at installation, the cladding boards will push against each other, forcing them to bend out of shape, crack and eventually break completely.
Composite cladding can sag also if not installed with the support from the battens it requires. Always ensure you have read the manufacturer’s or seller’s guidelines when fixing your composite cladding, and leave appropriate space between the boards.
Due to the composition of composite material, the synthetic aspect will reduce the amount of water absorbed.
Composite cladding can warp if not installed correctly.
Familiarise yourself with the manufacturer or seller’s guidelines before installation to avoid warping.