The Many Uses of Composite Cladding

It’s fair to say that our customers are a creative bunch, especially when it comes to the use of the composite cladding range – FORMA. We’ve seen garden rooms, fence screening, dormers on homes, cladding facades on apartment blocks and even pimped up stables for one customer.

We love the fact that it is so versatile. And it’s completely understandable. Why? Composite cladding is ideal for areas that are hard to reach and difficult to maintain. That’s all thanks to the innovative colour stability which prevents the product from greying with weathering in order to keep its vibrant colour year after year.

So, we decided to discover any other uses for composite cladding, and this is what we found…

Easily hide unsightly exterior walls

Our range of composite panel cladding and slatted cladding will enhance the modern aesthetic of your home renovation project significantly.

Long gone are the days of pebbledash and fake stone cladding, but the remnants may still be lurking on your exterior walls. Rendering is an option, but composite cladding is just as appealing and will create an architectural feature that gives you serious curb appeal. It’s also straightforward to install, requiring our unique fixing system, composite cladding boards and finishing trims.

The overall finish creates low maintenance and natural look that will not rot, warp or splinter. You also have the peace of mind that our composite cladding comes with an extensive 25-year warranty.

Ideal Home says that it is external layering that gives your home character. The blog goes on further to say that it is now quite fashionable to use more than one form of cladding on your home. Red brick and Forma in Argent make a great exterior combination, as does white render and Forma Industry.

And covering unsightly walls doesn’t have to stop at your home’s exterior, boundary, exterior building walls and garages can be just as ugly. Using the same straightforward method as above, you can completely screen off a wall without dealing with the expense of knocking down and rebuilding. It will also allow you to tie your home design in with your garden knowing that your choice remains low maintenance and lasts for years to come.

Source: Ideal Home

Make cladding a design feature on home extensions

Money Supermarket did a survey which discovered that 42% of Brits would prefer to have an extension built rather than move to a new house.

It is widely known that adding an extension to your will add value, and on average, any type of extension will add 20%, according to the same Money Supermarket survey.

With 30% of Brits extending in the past decade, we know that homeowners and renovators are considering extension designs. High quality, natural-looking composite cladding is a modern way to complement brick and stonework. It will also sit nicely against natural surroundings whether you chose a traditional wood colour, or a stylish grey or black.

Our Forma composite panel cladding is decorative, low maintenance, and with a unique easy to install fixing clip, it will stand just proud of buildings, allowing for airflow and no build up of moisture. It’s a great use of composite decking, especially for busy families who want a fuss-free build and low maintenance future.

Use as screen fencing

Sometimes you just want a bit of privacy in your garden, especially on a busy street or within an urban area.  Using cladding for boundary fences is an innovative, yet practical way to keep prying eyes out, reduce noise levels and lets you enjoy all the privacy you desire. It also creates a completely flat surface on the reverse side, which if tall enough, will act as an additional and practical security barrier.

Our composite slatted cladding can also be used as a premium slatted screen fence.

Create a bold interior statement 

Modern composite cladding is excellent at providing feature walls for interior projects. It offers a stylish finish and helps to add a bold statement to a specific space. For modern interiors, the clean and precise lines of a thin profile shiplap clad produce a contemporary style, that is highly desirable right now.

House & Garden UK believes that panelling walls are the easiest way to add character to interior walls. Here are a few good reasons why:

–    A section of accent panelling adds colour to a space, from a hallway, entranceway or staircase. Bold colours, such as the Forma Midnight, work well in contrast to whites or soft grey hues for a super contemporary look.

–    Timber clad interior walls offer a country house feel, which the right composite cladding panel can offer. Natural wood tones work best for this look from floor to ceiling.

–    Helps to add additional insulation to a room, just as it would on the exterior

–    Composite cladding creates a New England style bathroom or downstairs closet without the need to regularly maintain due to the constant humidity. If the composite cladding can stay colour fresh from the outdoor weather, a bit of shower steam will not affect it either

–    The stain resistance technology makes composite cladding a great feature piece in a busy family kitchen

–    You can differentiate between panelling by installing some horizontal and some vertical, especially in large open spaces

–    Line the walls of a featureless sitting room with horizontal boards. You still gain a country house feature, but the horizontal placement tricks the eye into thinking that the room is wider than it is.

–    Natural colours, such as the Forma Spiced Oak, Havana or Silver Birch will transform a room into a rustic retreat, which is ideal for Garden Houses.

–    Marry together the indoor and outdoor by using the cladding throughout.

Source: House & Garden

Used for architectural design

Architects are using composite cladding to create unique design features on residential properties and commercial outlets. It can create a truly unique element to a building when composite cladding is combined with other materials, colours and changes in panel directions.

Using a black metal framework with a natural spiced oak highlights the versatility of modern building materials. The reddish oak colour also compliments the natural surroundings of any building. 

Alternatively, you can create patterns with your sidings with a combination of cladding colours. Splitting a design into dark and light greys, then entwining the two, will provide a bold façade and talking point for visitors.

Nor does cladding have to be installed on straight surfaces. A curved wall can also incorporate the shiplap panels when used vertically. Think a midnight panel, alongside a white rendered wall as a statement to an architecturally designed property. 

Upgrade your 1940’s Semi Detached Home

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing unmaintained cladding that looks like it needs sanding down and several coats of varnish. It’s easy to let go because it’s always hard to reach. Then it’s left longer and longer until the job becomes much more significant than it should be. And apologies to say this, but the tired look is not appealing to neighbours, you or potential buyers in the area. 

Cedar is one of the most popular woods for sidings, as it is traditionally a robust wood that acts as an effective insulator by retaining heat in the winter and keeping a building cool in the summer. Most like to keep it natural, as a vibrant red. However, it does fade to a grey over time which can completely change the aesthetic and design.

Sadly, not all houses in the UK will have Cedar, with some opting for cheap woods that now look extremely dated.

Composite cladding, made from recycled wood and plastic, has precisely the same insulating benefits as wood, but with better long term aesthetics. The upfront investment is higher than traditional wood, but you’ll expect to see a return within 3-5 years as there is a minimum to zero upkeep. As in, you don’t need to paint, repair or maintain.

Forma spiced oak composite cladding perfectly mimics red cedar cladding.

Transform an urban space

Urban spaces involve living, working and socialising in one key area. The purpose is to create a community within a large city centre, which makes them popular with career driven individuals, city centre families and retirees. These areas have to have a visual attraction, and that typically requires the use of texture, colour and the incorporation of natural elements.

Commercial and residential developers can opt for an FSC® certified external façade. It delivers the aesthetic benefits of traditional timber cladding without any the need to repaint/re-varnish or repair due to rotting or warping. Our cladding is manufactured by using 95% recycled wood and plastic and will keep its colour for at least 25 years.

The other plus points of cladding, aside from the aesthetics, is its insulting benefits and protection against the elements. These are major plus points for those developing offices or home gardens.

There are several ways to clad an office space, but it is vital to check that any material you use is building regs approved. Timber cladding is a cost-effective choice initially, but can damage easily and requires significant and regular maintenance, which is the last thing a developer needs to manage.

What cladding plans do you have?

Discovering interesting uses for composite decking, balustrade and cladding highlights that you don’t always have to use things in their traditional way. A little creativity can transform the outcome of any project, so if you have something in mind, get in touch, and we’ll be happy to assist.