As with lots of types of home improvement, there’s now an increasing demand for eco-friendly options for wall cladding and rendering. More and more property owners are aware of their impact on the environment and want to make their homes more eco-friendly.
Just making the choice to clad or render your external walls is a move towards making your home more environmentally-friendly. This is because most types of wall cladding and rendering will improve your home’s insulation to a certain degree. This will make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
But if you want wall cladding and rendering that will make a big difference to your home’s environmental impact, there are plenty of things you can do. Here are 5 eco-friendly options for wall cladding and rendering.
1. Use wood from a sustainable source
Timber is a really popular choice of cladding material and you can find it on a range of properties nowadays. If you’re already set on using timber cladding to cover your external walls, a simple way to make the move more eco-friendly is to use sustainable wood. You can do this by making sure that your timber is FSC-certified. Plus, if you can source your wood locally this will also make your cladding more eco-friendly.
2. Try treated wood
Again, if you’re set on timber cladding, using treated wood will also make it more eco-friendly. In many cases this significantly reduces its thermal conductivity and makes it a highly effective insulator. This will reduce your energy use and your bills.
3. Use a long-lasting material
If you haven’t made a decision about what material to use to cover your walls, consider picking a long-lasting material. You could use fibre-cement boards, hardwood, heat-treated timber or brick. Using a material that will last a long time reduces waste, as you won’t have to replace them anytime soon.
4. Go for natural materials
Another way to make your cladding or rendering more eco-friendly is to use natural materials. This could be wood, traditional lime render or clay brick instead of uPVC cladding or silicon-based render. Using natural materials instead of synthetic ones reduces waste levels as natural materials naturally biodegrade over time.
5. Pick recyclable materials
If you don’t want to use natural wall cladding and rendering, try using a recyclable material instead. This could be uPVC or concrete cladding boards. These materials won’t biodegrade but they can be reused multiple times, which reduces demand for new products. If recycled materials are used frequently enough, this will reduce manufacturing levels and energy use.
So there are lots of things you can do to make your wall cladding and rendering more eco-friendly. Going for at least one of these options will help you reduce the damage your home does to the environment.