When it comes to roofing materials, wood cladding that is sustainably harvested is arguably one of the few environmentally-sound roofing options. It’s well-positioned as an eco-friendly alternative to Zinc roofs which have been popularized in recent years.

Real wood is a renewable and recyclable resource. It’s energy-efficient to produce, it performs well over its lifetime, and at the end of the product life cycle, can be disposed of or up-cycled in an environmentally sound, and friendly manner. Plus, timber stores carbon, which plays an important role in reducing carbon emissions outdoors.

Wood Roof Cladding
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Timber Roof Cladding Benefits

  1. Timber cladding is a versatile, timeless building material that works well in traditional or contemporary architecture.
  2. Real wood cladding offers a range of aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly species & finish options.
  3. In most cases, a timber-clad roof does not need to be replaced in its entirety. If damage is found on a wood plank roof, only the damaged boards need to be replaced.
  4. Aside from bringing warmth and beauty to the exterior of a home/structure, timber cladding is dimensionally stable and high performing. It handles harsh weather conditions with grace.
  5. When it comes to weathering of wood plank roofing, the shift from day-one color to soft greys & light brown tones is an aesthetic by-product to be savored and celebrated.
  6. When you choose wood cladding for your clients you can guarantee a modern, one-of-a-kind aesthetic that cannot be replicated. Each board works cohesively together, yet each board has its own visual story.
  7. The ability to achieve consistent color on all differing exterior exposures, regardless of the weather conditions.
  8. Wood has the lowest carbon footprint of any conventional building material. It requires less energy to create the finished product than other manufacturing materials such as concrete, metal, or plastic. Plus, most of the energy used comes from renewable biomass like sawdust which is a natural byproduct when timber is sawn and milled.
  9. Due to air pockets in its cellular structure, wood is a natural insulator. Therefore, it is 15 times better than masonry, 400 times better than steel, and 1,770 times better than aluminum, according to Planet Arch.
  10. Not only is wood cladding as a roofing material renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, but it also has strength, toughness, and durability that far exceeds many other roofing options on the market today.

Best Practices and Installation Suggestions for Wood Roof Panels 

EJObar is a multi-purpose bridging bar that creates a fixing base for a wide range of applied systems, including wood roof cladding. It’s easy to use for almost anything that needs to be secured onto or over the single-ply membrane system.