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Benefits of Exterior Timber Cladding

Timber offers designers a unique combination of aesthetic, environmental and practical advantages.


Environmental advantages include:

  • Timber is a renewable resource.
  • Source certification schemes ensure its sustainability.
  • Low carbon footprint - requires less energy to produce than any other construction material.
  • Growing trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Using wood stimulates the expansion of managed forests to absorb more of this global warming gas. Specifying timber has major environmental benefits over other materials.
  • Major potential for re-use or recycling at end of life. 

Wood CO2ts less is a collective mark of Wood for Good Ltd. Using wood from sustainably-managed forests instead of other materials is a good way to reduce CO2 emissions.

Learn more about the environmental benefits of using timber


Learn more about the Wood Co2ts less campaign


Practical advantages include:

  • It is a strong yet lightweight material although some of the denser hardwoods can be heavy.
  • It offers protective and decorative design functions.
  • Wide choice of softwoods, hardwoods and modified woods to suit all budgets.
  • Performance of low durability species is easily enhanced by preservative treatment, wood modification, flame retardants.
  • Surface finishes can be applied to add to or alter the appearance and give added protection.
  • Suitable for both new build and renovation projects.
  • Ease of repair
  • Dry installation means the external envelope is quicker to install
  • Elimination of heavy masonry outer walls reduces size and cost of foundations.
  • Cladding panels may be factory pre-fabricated off-site, complete with insulation and breather membrane saving time, labour and costs.

Aesthetic advantages include:

  • Timber is a natural material, warm and comforting connection with nature.
  • It is attractive in grain and colour.
  • Wide availability of styles, textures and finish options encourages design innovation.
  • Easily rejuvenated or redecorated.