exterior wood cladding with green timber cladding paint

Wood cladding paint increases durability

Cladding refers to wall or roof panels which protect the material underneath it. Cladding is available in many materials of which wood is the most popular in residential buildings. Wood as a material is visually appealing, strong and long-lasting. Moreover, it is considerably sustainable comparing to some of its alternatives. However, timber surfaces also deteriorate fast without appropriate protection. Not only is timber cladding suitable for exteriors but it is also common in interiors. It is a considerable option for wall covering also inside due to its appealing looks. Both interior and exterior require special wood cladding paint. Painted wood cladding has always higher lifespan than untreated wood.

Make sure to choose a suitable paint for wood cladding

Opaque tinted timber paint gives wood a fresh colour and  transparent or translucent coating systems create a more natural look. Coating wooden surfaces is a must, for exposure to UV radiation and other climate phenomena wear and tear wood quickly; painted wood cladding is thus more durable than untreated surfaces. Once the wood cladding has started to deteriorate, it must be re-coated as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

A clear wood cladding paint offers less protection than an opaque system. Namely, the pigments of translucent and opaque wood paints provide extra protection from UV light. Dark colours prevent UV light getting through to the surface but they also absorb warmth. This may cause cracking of the surface due to heat and drought of the wood. Furthermore, wood cladding coating must be flexible (extensible) and permeable to moisture vapour. Therefore, stains, varnishes and solvent borne paints are not the most suitable options for wood cladding. They are often too friable to follow the wood’s moisture movement and may crack easily.

paint applied on interior wood cladding

Interior timber cladding with cladding paint

Interior timber cladding paint

As cladding is also suitable for covering interior walls, there are special paints for interior timber cladding. Also in interiors the wooden cladding must be protected from wear. The interior cladding does not need protection from rain and temperature fluctuation but it may be under exposure to UV light.

Additionally, timber cladding paint can improve the appearance of the wooden cladding and make the surface last longer. Coating the surface also guarantees a smooth wooden surface which does not leave splinters.

Wooden cladding paint application

Wood cladding is often coated prior to installation in controlled conditions designed for cladding spraying. On site spraying tends to involve a higher risk of dirt and dust. Therefore, it is not recommended for untreated cladding. However, on site spraying is the best option for re-coating cladding. There are many companies who provide cladding spraying services carried out by professional cladding painters. Alongside with spraying, brush and roller are suitable tools for cladding paint application.

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