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Building Products July 2017

ROOFING, CLADDING AND ACCESSORIES JULY 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 27 IMPROVING WITH AGE Offering a healthy combination of aesthetic, performance and environmental benefits, timber cladding finds itself holding its market position in the construction industry – as Janet Sycamore explains. Architects and specifiers have embraced the wide range of styles, textures and finishes that are available with timber cladding, facilitating no end of innovation in design and creativity, whilst enhancing buildings with natural warmth and individual character that offers broad appeal. Yet the development of the market is far from complete and certainly not complacent. Notable trends and requirements are prompting plenty of innovation from timber cladding manufacturers. All timber cladding – irrespective of species – evolves over its lifetime, directly affecting how the timber will look in the years to come. It is a key issue to understand at the specification and design stage. Whilst all species of timber eventually mellow to a beautiful silver grey colour as the weathering process sets to work, certain species will change at differing rates. Some might firstly darken whilst others can do the opposite and appear lighter due to a bleaching effect. Certain types of timber cladding will naturally weather more rapidly, but perhaps more evenly in look – several thermally modified species are promoted for this aesthetic point. Alternatively, timber that has been pressure treated with a copper based wood preservative might enjoy a slower aging process, changing the appearance of the timber more steadily. Whilst some choose timber cladding to enjoy Continued on page 28 >>>


Building Products July 2017
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