One of the main advantages of composite cladding is the fact that it is waterproof. Property owners can install composite cladding and enjoy its extended use when compared with other materials. Composite timber wall cladding is extremely weatherproof. The plastic nature elements within the composite material are bound to the wood fibres during the manufacturing process. This gives an excellent coating to resist moisture absorption.
What is composite cladding?
Cladding is a term that references materials attached to a structure in order to form non-structural, external surfaces. Composite cladding is mainly installed for its aesthetic appearance and does not typically contribute to the stability of a building.
A term that you may hear when shopping for cladding is “wind load.” A wind load describes the force on a structure arising from the impact of wind on it. Wind loading can potentially have a positive or negative effect on the surface of a building; therefore, cladding must have sufficient integral strength in order to withstand the loading. Cladding, in general, tends to have numerous functions. It is designed to protect external walls from the elements and can also add a layer of installation. The boards tend to enhance the overall visual appearance and add additional beauty to the property.
Is composite cladding waterproof?
Composite cladding is designed to resist all weather conditions. Living in the UK, we are constantly hit with harsh rain and occasionally strong winds. Composite cladding boards will stand the test, so you do not have to worry. Cladding is also designed to add an extra layer of protection to your exterior wall in order to help stop water ingress along the walls of the structure. The boards are not only resistant to rain, but they are also resistant to high winds and even storms. Given that composite cladding contains properties of both lumber and plastic, the material is more durable than traditional timber. Timber cladding has a porous surface that permits water to enter the panels. Timber cladding is not waterproof and is, therefore, prone to damage over time. Composite cladding is a great solution for homeowners that experience poor weather.
Composite cladding will last longer
Timber cladding does not have the same benefits that composite cladding offers. As exterior timber cladding is exposed to elements over time, it is unlikely to stay dry and, therefore, more likely to become susceptible to decay and rotting. Timber cladding also requires more ongoing maintenance and will need to be stained, sealed, oiled and painted in order for it to have a decent lifespan. Timber cladding is also much more combustible when compared with composite cladding. A lot of composite cladding boards have some form of fire resistance. It is important to check with your supplier what the fire rating on the product is, as you may require fire-resistant cladding at a certain height.
To conclude, composite cladding is definitely waterproof and also weatherproof. It will also outperform timber, and you can benefit from its extended use and sufficient longevity.