Timber or Vinyl External Wall Cladding –Which One Do you Prefer?

Cladding is considered one of the quickest solutions to improving the looks, insulation and structural integrity of a building, and there are a few types of cladding people can choose from. Two of the most popular options are timber and vinyl wall cladding.

These two are often compared to each other because when it comes to price, they are actually within the same range. Also, with the design flexibility of vinyl cladding, it actually looks like timber.

If comparing the two options for external wall cladding is the game, here are the qualities they share as well as the ones that set them apart.


Timber cladding offers that nice rustic charm (and scent, too), which a lot of people love. Also, it provides natural insulation because of its cellular structure; this means you can do without adding special insulation materials (although nobody will stop you should you want to).

Wood texture background

This traditional cladding material, if treated, will last an incredibly long time. However, over the years it will need to be repainted and re-oiled to maintain its appearance because the colour will change and it will be prone to splitting or cracking. Also, there are some types of timber—Baltic pine, in particular—that’s not suitable for coming into contact with the ground; this is an issue if you actually wish to use this type of timber.


Now, if you will choose to go with untreated timber, you get the natural beauty of wood such as the gradation of colours, the rings and grain. The problem is that pest infestation will likely become an issue. Termites will definitely want to chomp on wood, and they will if the timber’s not treated with a coat of termite-repelling product. When termites attack, your thousands of dollars worth of beautiful timber cladding will be reduced to a “hole-y” mess.


This man-made alternative has the look of timber, but the way it feels is definitely not the same. However, it outperforms timber when it comes to its aesthetic value and structural integrity; vinyl external wall cladding will last for half a century even with very little maintenance, making it the more economical option.

Front View Vinyl Siding Single Family Small House Suburban Maryl

It’s also worth pointing out that termites are not attracted to this external cladding material, but just like timber, vinyl is not impervious to fire.As for insulation, vinyl external cladding needs to have that underneath to help create the ideal indoor temperature. All that work is easy enough to complete, though, because this type of cladding is lightweight and flexible, and therefore a breeze to install. On top of that, with all the accessories it comes with, achieving the most flawless finish is certainly easier with vinyl than with timber.

installing siding on a house

There you have it—the similarities, differences, pros and cons of both products. It’s all up to you to decide what you truly value in a material that will be used for your home.

Source: Vinyl Cladding Professionals website.


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