The materials used in the design of each home define the character of the building and the identity of the surrounding area — and our high-quality timber cladding produces an attractive finish that’s sturdy and low maintenance.
A thermally modified Scots Pine timber with enhanced stability and durability — meaning less substrate movement, longer-lasting paint jobs and significantly reduced maintenance frequency for homeowners.
SIBERIAN LARCH CLADDING
A popular cladding choice due to its aesthetic beauty and excellent durability, Siberian Larch is extremely versatile — suitable for most external cladding applications — and ensures a clean and contemporary look to your home.
Q IS TIMBER CLADDING FRIENDLY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
A Siberian Larch and Thermopine® cladding are both renewable, reusable and ultimately biodegradable — they contain minimal embodied energy and are FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified at source.
Timber is the only material used in building construction which is completely renewable. Using timber in long-life building applications means more trees will have been planted, grown and harvested before the timber product reaches its end of life: significantly reducing emissions compared with other materials.
Q HOW LONG WILL TIMBER CLADDING LAST?
A The presence of tannins in Siberian Larch creates a high resistance to decay and rot, making it one of the toughest and most durable softwoods. Its high density means that it is more difficult for decaying organisms to penetrate the wood, resulting in a lifespan of many generations when subject to general outdoor exposure. Siberian Larch is an extremely dense timber and as such is not easily damaged. Thermopine® cladding has been thermally modified using heat, steam and pressure, and so benefits from even greater longevity. The process results in a reduction of the wood’s tendency to shrink and swell — increasing its lifespan, while also better protecting it from common wood-decaying organisms.
Q WILL I HAVE TO MAINTAIN THE CLADDING REGULARLY?
A On average, in Scotland, we can expect factory coated cladding boards to last eight to nine years before maintenance (re-coating) is required. However because it is a natural product, this is subject to a range of variables including orientation to the sun, geographical location and exposure to weather. South-facing cladding may require re-coating two to three years sooner than north facing cladding (so six to seven years). Additionally, darker colours soak up more heat and so re-coating is usually required sooner than lighter shades. Personal preference also plays a role — if you prefer your timber to look as it did the day you moved in, you will need to re-coat the timber on your home more regularly. Thermopine® cladding’s modification process, and the resulting reduction in substrate movement, means that paint coatings can last up to three times longer than when applied to non-modified timber. This is one of the key aesthetic benefits of this particular cladding, and it also reduces the lifetime cost to the homeowner.
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