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ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO: low-maintenance cladding

If you’re searching for a hassle-free exterior finish that requires minimal upkeep, check out these options
The upper storeys of this house are clad in VMZinc’s vertical standing seam Anthra-Zinc in black. Available for approximately £150 per m2, this covering features a preweathered finish

As well as bringing a stylish aesthetic to your home, low-maintenance cladding could provide a fit-andforget solution that requires little ongoing upkeep. From characterful wood to modern metal finishes, there’s a host of options available. Specifying a product that’s durable and long-lasting is key. “Homeowners want a solution that’s hassle-free and low cost, with a good service life,” says John Russell from Russwood. Fitting a solution that doesn’t need much attention in use will also help you save money on potentially costly treatments. Here are some of the main materials to consider.

Natural timber

Wood cladding has long been a popular choice for building projects. Different species vary in terms of colour and graining, service life and the amount of upkeep they require. Ultimately, if you want minimal maintenance, you’re looking for a durable, rot-resistant material. Dimensional stability is also key, as some species are more prone to swelling and shrinkage than others. Many types of timber don’t need to be treated prior to installation, but bear in mind that they will inevitably weather to a silvery hue after several years.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!