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Cladding Advice

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Is Composite Cladding Waterproof?

Composite cladding is weatherproof with UV stable technology and a waterproof outer layer. Our easy-to-maintain composite cladding panels are available with an extensive 25-year warranty to guarantee long-lasting, waterproof performance. Please consult your architect/building contractor when installing our composite cladding, when cladding a residential or commercial building, a waterproof membrane is advised.

Do you Need Planning Permission for Composite Cladding?

In most cases, you will not need planning permission for composite cladding if applying it to the exterior of your property as an aesthetic change. However, you may require planning permission depending on the details of your composite cladding project, e.g. the property is listed or above a certain height. For advice on planning permission for composite cladding on a raised building or installing composite cladding at a listed property, please contact your local planner or architect.

How Long Does Composite Cladding Last?

Composite cladding is synthetic and offers a long-lasting alternative to timber cladding. Forma composite cladding panels have an extensive 25-year warranty and may last longer with very little maintenance. Composite panel cladding boards are a low-maintenance, highly durable alternative to traditional wooden boards. Our Forma composite cladding range boasts advanced co-extrusion technology for maximum strength, durability and resistance to the elements, meaning they last longer than traditional timber cladding and won’t colour fade or rot over time. Our Slatted composite cladding range has a natural wood cladding aesthetic with no need to paint, stain or oil and comes with a 25-year warranty.

What is Composite Cladding?

Composite cladding is a long-lasting, low maintenance alternative to timber that can be used on a wide range of exterior projects. Composite cladding is made from recycled plastics and reclaimed wood fibres to create durable cladding with an authentic wood aesthetic. It can be used on a range of outdoor properties such as garden rooms, commercial buildings, apartments, sunrooms or community buildings.

What is Composite Cladding Made of?

Composite cladding is made of recycled high-density polyethylene plastic and reclaimed wood fibres. A durable polymer outer shell encapsulates the board to form an impermeable, protective layer. Ecoscape environmentally-friendly composite cladding is made of 95% ethically sourced materials, and FSC certified wood fibres and is available in a range of colours.

Can Composite Cladding be Painted?

There is no need to stain, treat or paint composite cladding. Unlike timber or wood cladding, composite cladding is colour stable and will not fade or grey in different weather conditions. Discover composite panel cladding and composite slatted cladding in a range of colours. Choose from Midnight Composite Panel Boards, Argent Composite Panel Boards, Flint Composite Panel Boards, Silver Birch Composite Panel Boards, Spiced Oak Composite Panel Boards, or Havana Composite Panel Boards. Our composite slatted cladding colours are also available in Midnight, Silver Birch, and Spiced Oak.

Is Composite Cladding Safe?

Composite Cladding meets all UK building regulations, including fire safety. We offer Fire Class B Composite Panel Cladding and Fire Class B Composite Slatted Cladding (BS EN 13501-1:2018).

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