Everything You Need to Know About Weatherboarding Your New Structure

Posted on: 16 June 2020

External cladding refers to the application or installation of a layer over the materials used to make your structure. The external cladding plays an essential role in providing the desired levels of thermal insulation, improving the aesthetics of the structure and boosting resistance to harsh weather elements. External cladding takes many forms, and weatherboarding is just one of them. Weatherboarding forms an overlap on the structure, unlike other forms where you fit the boards together without any overlaps. A good example of the latter is flush cladding. Read the following information to learn everything you want to know about weatherboarding:

Weatherboarding With uPVC

Weatherboarding with uPVC is a good option for you because you get to work with a versatile material that combines timber with fibre cement. Timber delivers the natural beauty you are seeking while the fibre cement gives you a durable and maintenance-free cladding on your structure. With uPVC, you also get one of the most workable materials that permit you to do the installation horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Usually, uPVC has a thin section of timber to allow easy moulding as you prefer. This allows you to give the cladding extra strength in sections where you might need it. Lastly, the presence of PVC gives this cladding excellent resistance to weather elements. It makes up for the weaknesses that plain wood would have had.

Weatherboarding With Timber

There are several species of timber that you can use for weatherboarding. Species such as oak and red cedar meet the cut because of their natural resistance to warping and decay.  When it comes to timber, however, you need to be judicious with your choices to manage your costs. Fresh-sawn timber boards are your best bet when you want to balance functionality with affordable costs. The finishing is simple and classic while you save the extra money you would have spent on machined timber boards. It is worth noting that the planks you use for weatherboarding should sit horizontally over the structure's exterior. The set up improves the drainage on the surface of the cladding as rain can flow from the face of one timber plank to the next. Fitting them vertically leaves joints that will allow water to seep through to the other side.

Weatherboarding With Fibre Cement

Weatherboarding with fibre cement delivers square-edged finishes. Fibre cement is workable but has additional advantages when compared to timber. For instance, it is available in a range of colours and you are assured of a material that doesn't warp with time.

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