EXPERT VIEW: CHOOSING CLADDING FOR YOUR TIMBER FRAME PROPERTY
Tom Gresford, founder of Gresford Architects, shares his expertise on choosing a suitable covering for your timber frame project: “It’s hugely important to get the cladding for your new property or extension right. Choosing a suitable product is a very subjective exercise, but it also relates to the context, sustainability, quality, cost, longevity and structure of your project.
The surroundings of your home are also critical, as the finish should relate to (although not necessarily ape) the adjacent buildings and landscape, and the historical materials used in the area.
It’s always preferable to specify sustainably sourced materials that have low embodied energy. Quality and cost often go hand-in-hand. However, all schemes have an allocated project fund available, so choose the best quality over budget where you can, whilst considering what materials will last the longest and need the least maintenance.
Finally, the perfect covering is often made from the same fabric that you’re building with. It can work really well to reflect the internal structure of your project externally, be it a masonry house with a brick outer leaf, a timber frame finished in wood boards, in situ cast concrete, and so on. Think of your cladding as much more than just a facade – it should reflect the essence and ambition of your whole project.”