The majority of static caravans are fitted with aluminium cladding as standard (especially in the more budget-conscious ranges); however, other great options include thermoplastic, rigid vinyl or wood. Cladding is a particular type of material applied over another to provide a skin or layer and used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of the structure.
Upgrades to your cladding can seem costly at first, but will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. One of the most popular choices for upgrades is CanExel high-density wood composite fibre, often considered to be the ultimate in static caravan insulation. The hard surface is very resistant to impacts and scratches, unlike aluminium, and is easy to clean. No regular maintenance is necessary, compared to wood-based cladding which requires surface treatment on a recurring basis, and it is of course moisture and pest resistant.
CanExel is a type of cladding material that is commonly used in the construction of buildings, including static caravans. It is a brand name for a specific type of engineered wood siding that offers both aesthetic appeal and durability.
Here are some key features and characteristics of CanExel cladding:
Composition: CanExel cladding is made from wood fibers, resins, and wax. These materials are combined and compressed to create a strong, stable, and weather-resistant product.
Appearance: CanExel cladding is designed to resemble natural wood siding, providing a warm and authentic look to buildings. It is available in a variety of colors and textures, including options that mimic the appearance of cedar or other wood species. In some locations, whether it be on a holiday park or residential park or on private land, there may be specific rules governing the exterior colour of a caravan or lodge eg. specifying that only ‘environmental’ colours such as greens or browns are permitted, to blend in with rural surroundings. In these situations it is quite common that the aluminium or PVC cladding options do not meet the colour requirements, often leading to an upgrade to a product such as CanExel.
Durability: One of the primary advantages of CanExel cladding is its durability. The engineered wood composition helps protect against rot, moisture, and insect damage, making it a suitable choice for exterior applications. It also has resistance to fading, cracking, and peeling, which helps maintain its appearance over time.
Low maintenance: CanExel cladding requires minimal maintenance compared to traditional wood siding. It does not need regular painting or staining, reducing the overall maintenance effort and costs associated with the cladding.
Installation: CanExel cladding is typically installed using a tongue-and-groove system, allowing for easy and secure installation. It can be fitted horizontally or vertically, depending on the desired aesthetic.
Energy efficiency: CanExel cladding often includes built-in insulation properties, contributing to the energy efficiency of the building. The insulation helps reduce heat loss, improving the thermal performance of the structure.
Environmental considerations: CanExel cladding is generally considered an environmentally friendly option. It is made from wood fibers, which are a renewable resource, and the manufacturing process typically involves using sustainable practices.
It’s important to note that CanExel is a brand name, and other manufacturers do produce similar engineered wood cladding products under different names.
Here at The UK Caravan Centre we offer a wide range of exterior colour options for your home, so if you want an upgraded look for your home by choosing a custom cladding exterior, with different colour window frames, or if your home needs to blend into its surrounds, we will have an option to suit.
At the forefront of lodge & holiday home design and meeting the demands for a better quality and more practical product to replace the traditional aluminium cladding, we offer a wide range of different cladding options using the latest technology to bring benefits by way of lower noise transfer, lower maintenance, better insulation and higher durability.
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