Timber is a popular choice of cladding material, due to a number of factors. It is aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. If installed correctly, it is durable, and can last for years.
Timber is a natural material, and as such is very environmentally friendly. The energy expended in the manufacture and production of metal or concrete cladding is much larger than that required to produce timber cladding. It is biodegradable and is a renewable resource. Timber is also available in a wide range of colours---from yellow to brown.
Timber---especially cedar---is an extremely durable material and, if installed correctly and treated regularly, can withstand the elements for many years without losing much of its beauty. Road map states that "wood is resistant to heat, frost, corrosion and pollution; the only factor that needs to be controlled is moisture."
Timber is a lightweight material, which means that handling and transport is a simple process. Whereas with concrete cladding, the labour costs involved in lifting heavy panels can become very expensive very quickly, timber cladding is much less labour-intensive and can be fitted to concrete and brick.
The cellular structure of timber provides natural thermal insulation qualities, so heat is retained within the building on cold days. This means that it is easy to adhere to the latest thermal regulations and, coupled with additional insulation, a timber-clad building could achieve zero-carbon status.
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