Choosing the Right Shade and Texture of Composite Cladding

More than just a way of protecting buildings, exterior cladding impacts aesthetics and curb appeal. This makes choosing the right materials and appearance key. Composite cladding offers a durable, sustainable cladding solution. 

With a range of colour and texture options, it crucially provides design flexibility to complement your property’s look and surrounding landscape.


Factors Impacting Composite Cladding’s Visual Appeal


Composite cladding owes its realistic wood looks to several aesthetic factors working in combination:


Colour Choice


As a mix of wood and plastic elements, quality composite cladding provides a diverse colour palette from warm chestnut brown tones to painted-wood inspired shades of grey. Richer variegated colours add depth and visual interest. Be sure to choose a hue that complements your property’s existing colour scheme.


Grain Patterns

Composite cladding uses embossed wood grain finishes and patterns to emulate the look of traditional wood siding. Opting for a more pronounced grain pattern enhances the rustic aesthetics. Finishes range from straight grain planking to intricate knotty pine patterns.


Variegated Finishes


Multi-toned composite cladding adds extra refinement with subtly variegated hues and grains down the board length. This avoids visual flatness for a more natural weathered wood aesthetic.


Board Style


Composite cladding comes in a variety of board widths, lengths, and edge profiles to emulate various wood siding looks. Opt for traditional lap board siding or go modern with clean-lined shiplap composite cladding. Grooved, brushed, or textured finishes provide additional styling flexibility.


Things to Consider When Selecting Composite Cladding


Achieving your ideal aesthetic for a home or building exterior depends on assessing a few considerations:


  • Existing Exterior Features: Match new composite cladding colours and textures to existing stonework, brick, or siding.
  • Area Architecture: Select composite cladding that aligns with neighbouring properties and complements the area’s architectural heritage. Whether that’s historic brick row houses or coastal contemporary builds.
  • Landscaping Features: Allow surrounding greenery and hardscaping elements to inform aesthetic choices as well. For example, opt for earthy brown hues if surrounded by stone features and mature trees. Or, choose cool grey cladding contrast nicely against vibrant garden plantings.
  • Personal Style: Most importantly, choose composite cladding colours, grains and board styles that reflect your personal tastes and lifestyle needs. Want ultra-modern with clean lines? Or prefer a more relaxed cottage vibe? Composite cladding offers the flexibility to bridge both.

Achieve Curb Appeal Goals With Ecoscape’s Composite Cladding


With such diversity available texture and colour options, composite cladding provides homeowners, developers and architects with exciting potential to achieve both aesthetic and performance goals. 

Ecoscape composite cladding provides industry-leading real wood aesthetics crafted using FSC® certified wood pulp and recycled polymers. The resultant durable, sustainable cladding solution requires no reapplication of paints, stains or sealants. 

Contact Ecoscape to explore the range of composite cladding styles and aesthetic options for your upcoming project. Their composite construction provides refined architectural detail and aesthetically-appealing facades for decades.

Gary is the founder and CEO of Ecoscape UK. Gary graduated from Liverpool JM University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Economics. A passion for innovation, design and sustainability, Gary has put to market numerous wpc products/systems, some of which have UK and European registered designs. Outside of work Gary enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors and watching Manchester United.


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