X-Wood Cladding from Freefoam Building Products, the manufacturer of PVC-U and PVC-UE building products for roofline and rainwater applications, has been used on the front and rear elevation of a ‘stunning’ new home on the outskirts of York.
Looking for exterior components that were ‘robust, stylish, long-lasting and hard-wearing’, homeowner Peter Jennings explained: “We worked with a local architect on the original concept but used our own experience of property development for the details of the property. The cladding feature was originally specified as timber, but with a busy professional and home life it was critical to make this home as low maintenance as possible. We were introduced to the Freefoam cladding range from a local supplier, Revival Building Products, and immediately liked the X-Wood range. We thought the woodgrain finish was exactly right for our project and the oak shade complemented the white and grey external elements perfectly.”
X-Wood is described by Freefoam as a PVC-U exterior cladding that looks and handles like wood but without all the usual maintenance issues associated with timber. The company has used its manufacturing expertise to design and produce a 16mm, high-performance cladding board, comprised of three different layers – a heavy-duty, through coloured plastic foam core, covered with a durable plastic skin and then coated with Renolit film which creates a hard wearing, stable material with a subtle woodgrain effect finish.
The range is available in a choice of six contemporary colours from ‘subtle’ white, cream and greyed cedar, to traditional oak and ‘dramatic’ anthracite grey and wine red, all with a 10-year guarantee.
Suitable for both commercial and domestic new-build or renovation projects, Freefoam says X-Wood can also be successfully used in coastal and highly exposed areas, thanks to its high-performance credentials.
Colin St John, commercial director at Freefoam, said: “We have seen the market appetite for PVC cladding steadily increase and are delighted to see this high performance, durable product being used to such great effect. Ideal for architects, specifiers and homeowners X-Wood with its attractive finish is the perfect product for any development. We have developed X-Wood to complement our other cladding products and to give our customers the opportunity to approach new and growing markets.”