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What is weatherboard cladding and what does it do?


Weatherboard cladding protects the exterior walls of your property against potential damage caused by rain, snow, wind or hail. The cladding can be laid either flush, overlaid, vertical or horizontal, depending on your preferences and the specifications of the cladding product chosen.

Weatherboard cladding was traditionally made from timber, though in more recent years modern, cheaper, and more effective alternatives have become more popular, including PVCu and fibre cement cladding.

Why has timber cladding gone out of fashion?

Whilst timber cladding can add a certain rustic charm to your property, this doesn’t change the fact that it can be expensive and is more susceptible to insect, fungal and weather damage compared with PVCu and composite cladding.

Treated timber cladding is available, which will help prevent decay and pest infestation, however, you will need to reapply treatment relatively frequently in order for it to remain effective. Timber cladding is also susceptible to warping as its temperature changes and will eventually become faded from sun exposure over time.

Why choose PVCu or Marley Cedral Cladding?

There are several reasons why PVCu and fibre cement have overtaken timber as the go-to cladding option in the UK:

  • More fire-resistant
  • Impervious to mould, decay and pest infestation
  • Does not fade in the sun
  • Low maintenance – you do not need to reapply a treatment
  • Longer overall life expectancy
  • A variety of colours to choose from
  • Quicker and easier to install

Marley Cedral Cladding, in particular, allows you to have the look and feel of real timber cladding without any of the hassle! As Cedral Select Installers, we are fully qualified to advise you regarding all Marley Cedral Cladding products, as well as carry out a professional installation of weatherboard cladding for your property. Contact us today on 0808 169 1600 to discuss your requirements.