How To Choose the Best Sustainable Cladding

Sustainable wood cladding

The cladding you put on your home or building plays an important role in your home’s style, function and resale value. Not only does your the exterior help protect the structural integrity of your home, but it also serves as a unique opportunity to express your style and make a statement. So it’s no wonder that so many people put a big emphasis on the cladding they choose to cover their home or business’ exterior. One statement that more property owners are choosing to make now more than ever, is building beautifully with natural products that are environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly building materials are continuing to take larger and larger shares of the market, with more home and business owners looking for sustainable designs and materials that will enhance their property’s value, last for years to come and serve as a friend to the environment. And while there are many different materials on the market that are relatively eco-friendly, sustainable wood cladding is the top trend to watch right now.

Why Wood Cladding?

Exterior Wood Cladding Rustic AppealPhoto Photo provided by Bliss Blakeney

Wood is considered by many to be the ultimate sustainable building material. Softwood in particular is fast growing, with far shorter maturity times than hardwood, making it one of the most sustainable cladding choices on the market today.

In addition to its eco-friendliness, wood cladding has many other benefits to boast of. Real wood has a look and feel that cannot be duplicated. While many materials, like vinyl and fiber cement, try to look like wood with synthetic woodgrain casings, nothing produces the true beauty better than the real thing. Wood cladding can also be installed in many different styles and is able to enhance the look of properties whether they’re rustic or modern in design. And while you can paint or stain wood if desired, wood cladding has a soft, organic appearance that can be left in a natural state to weather and complement the surrounding area flawlessly, making it a relatively low maintenance choice. So whether your concerns lean more towards style, maintenance or environmentally friendliness, wood cladding is a great choice that won’t disappoint.

The other major issue with most types of cladding that claim to be green is their ability to substantiate that claim when it comes to disposal. Vinyl and fiber cement can be difficult to dispose of or recycle in the event of their replacement, which should be taken into account when searching for a truly sustainable product. Wood cladding, however, doesn’t have this problem. Wood can be easily recycled and reused, so its disposal does not present additional issues down the road if you, or the next owner, ever decide to remodel your home. A true sustainable product should maintain its eco-friendliness from start to finish.

Modified Wood

sustainable wood claddingPhoto by Photo by Niels Nygaard

So far we’ve learned that wood cladding leads the pack when it comes to sustainable cladding options, but let’s take it one step further. Modified wood, or real wood that is technologically enhanced, takes the cake for the most sustainable cladding product on the market. With its superior durability and stability, the likeliness of needing replacement drastically drops, giving you more bang for your buck and giving the earth a bit of a reprieve.

Modified wood, like Kebony, is different from regular wood cladding. The bio-based liquids that are used to treat the wood render it impervious to moisture and insect activity. This means that it doesn’t require additional sealers, stains or paint to protect it from the elements. Instead, you get a durable, long lasting sustainable cladding for your home that’s better for the environment on multiple levels. For one, the non-toxic process which enhances the wood with a bio-based liquid, does not release harmful VOCs into the atmosphere during its application. Also Kebony only uses sustainable (fast-growing) softwood species, which take far less time to regrow and replenish than hardwood species that are also used for cladding. And once installed, modified wood doesn’t require the same level of care or replacement of boards that one might experience with ordinary wood cladding.

Because Kebony is real wood that can be used in so many different applications, it’s truly the ideal choice for someone looking to boost a property’s resale value, bring the instant appeal of natural wood their home or building and most importantly make a strong statement that caring for the environment matters. Kebony can be considered one of the most sustainable cladding options on the market today. Bridging the gap between the beauty and sustainability of real wood and the durability and low-maintenance aspects that home and business owners are looking for in cladding.

Clad in Style

Sustainable cladding materials are only growing in popularity as people begin to consider the impact of building materials on the environment, as well as the benefits of using them on their homes and properties. Consider cladding your home in modified wood like Kebony to get the best of everything sustainable cladding has to offer.