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How to Use Capped Polymer Boards as Exterior Cladding

January 15, 2020

In this post, we first break down what exterior cladding is, plus the drawbacks to using traditional wood. See how capped polymer decking by TimberTech® translates to unique and eye-catching exterior cladding, bolstering both style and the value of the home.

When it comes to the exterior of a home, you might think first and foremost in terms of paint color, or perhaps trim. And while those are important considerations, they’re really just the tip of the design iceberg. Homes are our greatest investment, and so should reflect the homeowner’s unique design touch. A great way to enhance a home’s facade is with exterior cladding. Exterior cladding — using boards or other materials as accent walls on the outside of a building — is not only a major trend in contemporary design but one that can up both curb appeal and the value of one’s home.

For those already working on a composite deck installation, the time couldn’t be better to take a dual-application approach and also integrate those deck boards into premium-performance exterior cladding. Read on to learn what cladding is, plus the many benefits to enhancing a home with exterior cladding crafted from capped polymer boards.

The Case for Cladding

Cladding is a type of exterior covering that protects a home or building. Today, exterior cladding is usually part of a system that includes a weather-resistant barrier to prevent moisture damage to the home, which is especially important for traditionally built homes with wood framing. This means that exterior cladding is a great way to tie together the overall aesthetic of one’s home while also providing protection. That is, if it’s crafted from the right material.

Cladding can be made of aluminum, vinyl, brick, or other materials, but the most common cladding material is traditional wood. Wood in any exterior application introduces a number of problems, from mildew to major maintenance. That’s where TimberTech comes in.

What’s No Good About Wood

Exterior cladding made of natural wood — even if it’s been treated — will require constant maintenance and is prone to problems like warping, buckling, fading under constant UV exposure, and rotting — just to name a few. Even pressure-treated wood requires routine upkeep and must be stained and sealed before installation.

With capped polymer boards, there’s no need to stain or seal the wood thanks to a proprietary polymer-blend cap that protects a cellular PVC core. The synthetic materials resist the value-decreasing wear-and-tear that impacts traditional wood. That means that capped polymer boards offset their upfront costs as they deliver superior performance and beauty, year after year — all while wood demands costly maintenance.

Luckily, you can bring dimensionality to a home’s facade without the long-term costs by ditching wood and opting for the enduring beauty of capped polymer decking.

For example, check out this home featuring TimberTech® AZEK® Vintage Collection® as exterior cladding, proving these boards aren’t just great for enviably gorgeous decks.

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With TimberTech, you can enjoy the look of natural wood, without all the downsides. Our advanced capped polymer boards in the Vintage Collection®:

  • Employ Alloy Armor Technology®, a proprietary formulation developed by advanced polymer engineers, that provides improved performance, outstanding weathering and UV protection, resistance to scratching, and the ability to hold color over time
  • Won’t warp, rot, or split
  • Boast capping with no wood fillers for top-of-the-line performance
  • Don’t need painting or sealing for protection
  • Resist mold, mildew, and moisture damage
  • Are backed by an industry-leading 50-Year Fade & Stain Warranty

A Rigor-Ready Construction Meets Flexible Design

The TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection offers six beautifully color-blended hues for the most realistic wood-tone finishes that are just as handsome up close as they are from afar. Our capped polymer boards capture the grain patterns and earthy hues that occur in a variety of hardwoods, all while staying durable and high-performing.

Check out these two midcentury modern builds below, both using TimberTech as protective and eye-catching cladding. With its clean lines and traditional wood-inspired grain patterns, the exterior cladding evokes all the functionality of midcentury designs, right along with the sleek and contemporary feel that marked the movement. Such aesthetics also pair nicely with postmodern and contemporary builds — which, along with midcentury homes, are popular among the ever-growing market of millennial homeowners.

This means our cladding increases both the curb appeal and value of a variety of homes. And with a 50-Year Fade & Stain Warranty, homeowners can expect that contemporary enhancement to last.

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Builder: Michael Kara
Company: Corbelo, LLC
Location: Orlando, FL

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Builder: Michael Kara
Company: Corbelo, LLC
Location: Orlando, FL

When it comes to a design and cost-savvy way to enhance the home, TimberTech Decking serves as premium exterior cladding.

See & Feel the TimberTech Advantage

Our capped polymer and capped composite decking lines combine recycled material with all the beauty of traditional wood.

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