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How Much Does Composite Cladding Cost?

16 May 2024
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Composite cladding is used to provide additional external weatherproofing to homes and commercial buildings, with an attractive timber-effect finish that can enhance both modern and more traditional properties. 


But before you get much further into the decision process, you’ll probably want to know how much composition cladding costs. In this article we’ll look at the factors to consider and how the price tag compares to that of traditional timber.  

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Composite Cladding Cost

To estimate the cost of composite cladding for your project, you’ll first need to know the size of the area you want to cover. Our product pages allow you to enter the area in square metres or dimensions in metres. 

Cladding is usually sold by the board. Eurocell’s premium-quality composite boards are 5m long by 180mm (vertical cladding) or 203mm (horizontal cladding) and cost £38.40 each including VAT. Each board covers approximately 0.84m2, meaning the price per square metre, without fittings or installation costs, would be £46.54. (prices correct as of April 2024)

Depending on the area to be clad, you’ll also need the right fittings – such as trims, end closers and joints – to finish the edges of the cladding neatly and keep it watertight. 

Of course, this is just a guide and there are too many variables for us to consider here. For a detailed estimate, find the product you like on our composite cladding category page, or fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you. 

Composite Cladding Installation Cost

Next, installation costs. Tempting as it may be to have a go yourself or enlist the help of your local handyman, composite cladding should always be fitted by a professional installer. They’ll have the right techniques and tools for the job, avoid damaging the boards and complete the installation to a high standard. It’s also worth mentioning that failing to follow the installation instructions, or use the specified products and fixings, would invalidate the product guarantee


Checkatrade estimates that the average installation cost for cladding is around  £1,500 to £2,000 based on a two-day job, and notes that: ‘The cost of your cladding installation will depend on the amount of cladding, the materials used, the complexity of the installation, and the experience of the individual tradesperson’.


The good news is that, for a professional, composite cladding is generally quick and easy to install. It’s much lighter than fibre-cement cladding products, meaning it won’t stress exterior walls or threaten their structural integrity. And because there’s no mortar or render involved, it can be fitted in all weathers. 


Our Coastline composite cladding uses a specially developed interlocking mechanism for fast, secure fixing, and offers excellent strength and stability with minimal expansion and contraction. 

 

Is Composite Cladding Cheaper than Wood?

Generally, you can expect to pay more for composite cladding than timber. This is mainly due to the complexity of the manufacturing process and the quality of the finished material.


Remember, though, that composite cladding will also last longer and offer better protection against the elements, with some further benefits we’ll discuss below. So, while composite cladding may have a higher initial cost, it will likely prove a better investment in the long term. 


For a rough comparison of the cost of different cladding materials, Checkatrade has published a useful guide here. Costs vary depending on a range of factors, including your location, so we’d always recommend speaking to a local specialist to work out a realistic budget for your project. 

 

Is Composite Cladding Better than Timber

So is composite cladding better than wood? Some of it comes down to personal preference but, generally speaking, composite cladding offers several big advantages over timber:


Maintenance


Composite cladding is the clear winner here, requiring almost zero upkeep. Unlike wood, it doesn’t stain or warp and doesn’t need to be treated, painted or sealed. All you need is an occasional clean with a mild, non-abrasive detergent – washing-up liquid will do the job perfectly.


Weatherproofing


All types of cladding provide a degree of extra protection against the elements, and add insulation, which can improve energy efficiency.


As a natural, porous material, wood needs a lot of extra care to help it stay waterproof and withstand the British climate. In contrast, composite cladding is non-porous and less likely to rot or be damaged by fungus, mould or insects. Our unique composite material is incredibly resilient, with minimal contraction or expansion even in the most changeable weather. So much so that we guarantee it will stay weatherproof for at least 10 years.  


Weight


Composite cladding is lighter than other cladding options including timber and fibre cement, which means it’s easier to lift and handle and less likely to place undue stress on exterior walls or threaten structural integrity. 


Aesthetics


Adding exterior cladding is a relatively simple way to refresh the look of your home and add to its kerb appeal.


We think our composite looks just as good as wood. It has a matt, embossed woodgrain finish, comes in six New England-inspired colours and is available in horizontal and vertical finishes. That said, some people will always prefer the more rustic look of real timber and feel it’s more in keeping with the character of their home. 


Longevity


Our Coastline composite cladding owes its long-lasting looks and performance to its patented composite structure of polymer resins, inorganic minerals and acrylic colourants. The non-permeable outer layer makes the material resistant to fading, staining, warping, water and weather damage, and mould and rot. 


Sustainability


While timber has long been regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly building materials, that all depends on how and where the wood is grown. Some intensive forestry methods can harm natural biodiversity, and wood that’s travelled across the globe obviously carries a higher footprint.


The materials that make up our composite are sustainably sourced, meaning fewer new resources are required in the manufacturing process, as well as 100% recyclable.

 

Safety


Eurocell’s Horizontal Coastline composite cladding has been fire performance tested in the UK (2018) to BS EN 13501 by Exova Warringtonfire, a leading independent authority in fire testing.

 

What to Consider

Whatever material you opt for, some jobs will cost more than others. Here are just a few of the factors that will determine how much your composite cladding will cost:

  • Property size – bigger homes require more materials
  • Property shape – less obvious, but homes with unusual or irregular-shaped facades present a bigger challenge for installers
  • Existing building materials and condition – this will impact the amount of prep work needed
  • Property location – this can affect material and labour costs

Is Composite Cladding a Worthwhile Investment?

The bottom line: composite cladding isn’t a budget option. But while the initial costs may be higher than traditional timber cladding, its long-lasting durability and attractive finish means it’s a great investment in the long term. 


Want to see more? Take a look at our composite cladding range in full.

 

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