Cladding should be treated before you fit it. It should be UV and water resistant while allowing the wood to breathe
There are a plethora of different options you can consider when you care to explore how to maintain your timber cladding. One of the more popular options is heat protection. Heating cladding dates back to the Viking era when the warriors used burnt wood rather than wooden poles.
It wasn’t until the 1990s, that this was implemented as a way to maintain the exterior of a property. Heating the wood changes the properties of the material, ensuring that it provides a higher level of stability and durability. Furthermore, it guarantees that the wood does not shrink or expand, depending on the outside temperature.
As already mentioned it is possible to repaint the cladding regularly. This provides aesthetic advantages as well. With this option, you can remove the grain from the wood and create a smoother, cleaner surface. You may wish to avoid paint because it does tend to bubble.
Virtually every type of timber cladding will be exposed to direct sunlight. You need to make sure that that you take steps to prevent damage here. UV rays will change the appearance and colour of the wood leaving you with a remarkably different material to the one that you purchased. UV protectant can be used to prevent sun damage and should be utilised once every couple of years.
Be aware that the protective system you use will determine the level of durability for your cladding. For instance, with an opaque finish, you can ensure that your cladding needs to be repaired far less frequently. However, this will impact the aesthetic of the exterior material. In contrast, translucent finishes maintain the natural look of the timber cladding.
If you do not use a form of protective treatment, you will quickly notice a difference in the appearance of your cladding. Maintaining cladding at this point will become more time consuming and costly.
Be aware that it is important to ensure that the cladding is sealed the correct way for the best possible effects. Failure to seal the exposed end grain will result in in-service moisture ingress. This can cause mould to start to grown, the material to become stained and ultimately substrate failure.
There are a few basic elements of maintenance. First, cladding should be treated before you fit it. It should be UV and water resistant while allowing the wood to breathe.
There is a range of different protection options for cladding. Sioo Wood Protect is one of the best. It provides UV protection, keeps your cladding free from mould and protects it from rot for a decade. It will cost you about £1000 for just 50 square metres of timber cladding. More budget friendly choices include Dulux Trade, Sadolin and Osmo.