Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking
We launched our Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking in the summer of 2019, after 18 months of research and development. This gives our customers a textured brushed grain surface in a choice of seven colours.
The Atelier collection can be machined in a wide range of profiles and widths which can provide a seamless transition between cladding and decking.
As you can appreciate, we are asked a lot of valid questions about our products so to help you, we have decided to answer the most popular questions below:
Is the Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking UV resistant?
Our Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking range has a two stage UV resistant coating system with a washable surface. In effect the coating system has been made flexible to accommodate any subtle movement in the timber.
This coating will also resist flaking, cracking and peeling, it is also Non-Flammable and has a low VOC, so it can be used internally and externally.
Our sample panels have been walked over as doormats continuously with work boots for the past 18 months in our yard and the colour still remains.
Why should I consider colour coated cladding and decking?
We often get asked this question and to be honest it’s not essential for improving the timbers longevity, but it is a valid point.
In the past the main reason that people painted their timber cladding was because they purchased lower quality softwood.
Then in order to help protect it and to prevent the UV sunlight from fading the timber to a dull grey with blackened knots, they would paint the boards mainly black.
An example of this can be seen on many barns and older style houses.
Can I paint any material to save money?
The issue that arises is that the paint used may have been good quality, however, it will only be as good as the surface its adhering too.
Low quality and hence low-cost softwood cladding by its nature is unstable and prone to expansion and contraction. This is due to the high and variable moisture levels that we experience in the UK.
Ultimately this results in the painted surface not being able to cope with the movement and eventually the paint starts to crack and peel off.
In the light of this, we are only coating ThermoWood boards because of their inherent stability in our climate.
Is there any on-going maintenance with the Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking?
Nowadays, advances in technology on timber and paint production have moved.
So, providing the timber cladding has a fairly low and stable moisture content and the correct paint is applied, then ongoing maintenance will be very low.
The colouring of Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking will be more about the aesthetics and design intent instead of protecting the timber from the weather.
Do you supply this coating if I need to touch up any damaged areas?
Yes, we can supply this Atelier Brushed-Grain Cladding and Decking coating should you need to touch up or re-coat any areas that may have been damaged.
By the same token if you simply want to freshen it up after several years, we can provide you with whatever quantity your project requires so that you can re-apply it.
Of course, like all surfaces it would need to be reasonably cleaned first by using washing up liquid and a hose.
ADVANTAGES OVER LEADING COMPOSITES.
- FSC Certified
- 100% Recyclable
- Extremely Stable
- 30+yrs Durability
- High Impact Resistance
- No two boards are the same with its attractive natural brushed grain
30 Year Biological Life
You have the option of using our hidden cladding clip fixing with the Palma cladding profile. The hidden clip system allows you to display your cladding boards with no visual sight of screws in the boards. The additional advantage is that if you wish to modify the cladding elevation at a latter date you can remove the boards and re-use them.
Finishing Brad nails:
Because the Thermowood Cladding is stable and does not cup or twist you can use Stainless Steel Finishing brad nail/pins and depending on the profile you choose, these can be fixed into the profile at an angle of 45 degrees. If you are unsure of the holding strength of a 50mm pin, a bead of flexible silicone can be applied to the batten prior to fixing each cladding board. This will give you a clean appearance to the surface of your timber cladding as they virtually disappear from view.
Standard practise has always been to screw or nail through the face of the cladding which is unsightly and can split the timber. If you wish to do so simply pre-drill stainless screws through the face of the board into the sub-frame to avoid damaging the boards.
This will be created regardless of the profile you choose to go with. Do not ram the boards together tightly when fixing so that you allow for any minor movements that can occur with the changes in UK climate. Allowing approximately 1mm will be sufficient for most circumstances.
Cladding Batten Spacing:
We recommend 400mm centre to centre joist spacing for a standard area, projects may vary.
End Grain Sealer:
When the timber starts to dry out it loses the moisture quicker through the ends of the timber hence the characteristics of grain checking and opening up. Clear wax sealer seals the timber ends and slows down the moisture loss to a more controlled process, thus preventing this cracking. This is especially useful because cutting off the damaged ends not only becomes an expensive waste of timber, but may mean the difference between having the right length of timber for your project or it being several centimetres too short.
We recommend using our Messmers End Grain Wax Sealer to prevent the board ends from checking.
“I am currently in the process of planning my build
project through QTD, I have had a meeting with Chris,who went through all my cladding options with me highlighting all the pro’s and very little cons. I fell inlove with the Atelier Interior and Exterior Cladding, I am particularly impressed with the range of colours that are available. Chris kindly provided me with a collection of samples so I could get a real feel of what the cladding will look at feel like. I ran a few of my own tests in regards to how washable the surface is as I have 3 young children, who can make a lot of mess. So it is very reasuring to know if they decide to get their paint brushes and pens out again I am able to wash the wall down easily, with no marks left. All in all I am very pleased with the service provided so far and
I am looking forward to begin the build.”
“As an architect it can sometimes be difficult
finding the perfect material to match the project,
I came across QTD’s website and decided to book a showroom visit so I could discuss my idea. I came across the Atelier Interior Panels and they were perfect, I had 18 different colours to choose from and my customer was over the moon. He chose Bahama and we can’t wait to see what the
fiinished project will look like.”
“I had began my new build back in March 2017, they are never smooth sailing so it took a lot longer to order my cladding than I had hoped. QTD were very patient with me and had also let me know they had just launched the Atelier Interior Panels, I had a look in their showroom and I was amazed. It’s a beautiful product and it will look so nice on my new build.”
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