Composite cladding is quickly growing in popularity as its benefits become widely known across the UK. Composite cladding is an excellent alternative to traditional timber cladding and has become the most desirable alternative in recent years.

What is composite cladding?

Cladding is a term that refers to 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.

Is composite cladding expensive? 

Composite cladding is definitely more costly when compared with timber cladding. It is more reliable when it comes to offering protection against nature’s harsh elements. Composite cladding is not as expensive as stone. However, when compared with vinyl, it is more costly. After taking the costs of other materials into account, composite cladding is average in terms of cost.

Is composite cladding worth installing?

Despite the fact that composite cladding is more expensive than wood, it is still used by thousands of consumers across the UK. It is very durable, strong and longer lasting than wood. Composite cladding is simple to maintain and requires minimal equipment for general cleaning. This differs from timber, as it requires regular chemical treatment. You have to sand, seal, stain and paint your timber to ensure it has a decent lifespan. In the long run, composite cladding will save you time and money.

What composite cladding colour can I get?

There are many colours you can choose from, such as anthracite grey, teak, chocolate, IPE, light grey and black. We like to offer both modern-day colours and realistic wood colours.

Can I install my composite cladding myself? 

Installing your composite cladding has never been easier with the tongue and groove system. If you are an experienced DIYer or a professional fitter, you will have no problem fitting composite cladding. Ensure that you adhere to the installation guidelines that are given by your supplier.

Will composite cladding add extra weight to my house? 

Composite cladding is very lightweight compared with the likes of stone cladding. Thanks to its hollow, featherweight design, installing composite cladding is very easy and straightforward, and transportation is less stressful.

Does composite cladding need maintenance? 

Composite cladding must be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush in order to remove dirt and natural debris. Ensure to rinse the surface with a hose to remove any solution left on the surface.

Can I paint my plastic wood cladding?

You can paint your cladding if you have your heart set on changing the colour. We do not recommend painting your cladding simply because you do not need to. Although the cladding will fade over time once it is exposed to UV rays, the product will still retain the majority of its colour over time. You need to paint timber cladding because the colour completely disappears over time from the effects of weathering.

Can insects attack composite cladding?

Plastic wood cladding will be resistant to rotting and termites. Termites are a massive cause of rotting and decay, and you will typically see them on timber decking projects. Composite cladding is excellent at resisting moisture absorption due to its plastic nature, meaning these issues do not occur.  

To conclude, these are some frequently asked questions that we get, and hopefully, the answers will give you a better idea of what the best material for you is.

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