Installing cladding boards to your home’s exterior is a great low-maintenance way to protect your house against all kinds of weather and keep it well-insulated, but it can also transform the look of your whole property and potentially even its resale value!
If you are looking to change your home’s exterior appearance, there is a wide range of cladding boards available to do so, and the choice as to which colour options you should choose for your external cladding project can sometimes be quite overwhelming.
While timber cladding still promises to provide a more traditional look, composite cladding has quickly taken over the market, not least because of its low maintenance properties compared to wood cladding, and wide range of popular colours, unlike UPVC or aluminium cladding.
If you are wondering what the right choice of composite cladding for your home is, this guide will introduce you to EcoScape’s wide composite cladding ranges and colours and assist you in finding the right composite cladding colour options for your external wall.
What is Composite Cladding?
Composite cladding is used as a protection or decorative layer on the exterior of a house in the form of boards that are mounted onto the walls.
Our composite cladding is made of a mix of polyethene sourced from recycled plastic such as bottles or bags and then mixed with reclaimed wood fibres from FSC-certified timber. As the materials are treated under high pressure, they form an extremely durable and resistant new material which is then known as composite.
Before composite cladding was invented, the choice in terms of colour when it came to cladding was relatively limited. uPVC and aluminium cladding was either white or grey, and timber cladding was either raw or painted with a certain gloss, which basically required an annual redo.
Thanks to the manufacturing process, composite cladding offers a wide colour palette that can either provide your house with a contemporary or a traditional look that is made to last.
Most Popular Colours for Composite Cladding
Here is an introduction to some of the most popular colours which are most commonly used across the UK for both housing and commercial purposes.
While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, black is a bold statement colour that can make every home stand out in a very modern way. Black doesn’t necessarily have to mean cold, as this depends very much on the undertone that has been used for your composite cladding panel.
Many homes and offices combine black composite cladding with extravagant or exotic flowers or extremely green plants to add focal points to their exterior design.
Grey has easily become one of the most popular colours for interior as well as exterior home design. Thanks to its wide range of tones, it can be combined with almost any other colour option and accents as it is available in very neutral to almost black charcoal (definitely one of the most popular colour choices on the market).
Grey is definitely the choice of homeowners that enjoy a more contemporary or even Scandinavian style and like their house appearance to resemble high-quality and some form of luxury.
For those that prefer a more traditional wooden look for their home’s exterior but do not want to go with timber cladding materials, going for composite cladding boards with a brown finish or even a wood-inspired finish can be an excellent cladding choice.
Panel Cladding Boards
This is a durable and very low-maintenance option to traditional timber cladding. Panel cladding is ideal for both traditional as well as contemporary house designs and complements almost every style.
Our Forma composite panel cladding was made of recycled polyethene plastic and reclaimed wood and protected by a polymer layer on the outside of the board.
Below you will find our Ecoscape panel cladding range in detail, do not forget to ask for free samples to help you make an informed design decision.
Midnight Composite Panel Cladding Board
Our composite cladding boards in midnight are the darkest boards available from this range. The material is made from 55% reclaimed wood fibres and 45% recycled HDPE (High-Density Poly Ethylene) and, therefore, is completely UV stable and has been rigorously tested.
Homeowners that want to go with one of the most contemporary looks will love this colour and can get the square metre for £55.88. Make sure to get a sample in order to figure out whether this style is suitable for your home before installation.
Argent Composite Panel Cladding Board
This option is on the darker side of the grey scale as our Argent composite cladding is a mix of greys and dark blue to form a contemporary anthracite-inspired finish. It is made of the same properties as our Midnight option, goes for the same price, and is also completely UV stable.
Flint Composite Panel Cladding Board
As all our other composite cladding boards come from a multitoned background, this colour option will be the perfect choice for those looking for a single-toned, industrial-inspired grey which very much resembles the tones of concrete.
Silver Birch Composite Panel Cladding Board
Our Silver Birch composite cladding panel is a very understated choice for people that don’t want their cladding to be the main focal point and is rather easily paired with other items such as windows and garden furniture or other exterior features.
Our lightest colour of the range, this light grey, makes for a welcoming building with a bright look and suits either contemporary or projects that are more on the rustic scale.
Spiced Oak Composite Panel Cladding Board
If you are looking for something that perfectly mimics the vibrancy of freshly oiled red cedar but does actually not require any oiling and will definitely be more low maintenance than wood cladding ever could – why not try out Forma Spiced Oak composite panel cladding?
This colour style is for those who want to go a more traditional route but do not want the trouble that comes with timber wall cladding and are looking for something more hassle-free and durable.
Havana Composite Panel Cladding Board
Just as with our Spiced Oak composite cladding, the Havanna composite cladding boards provide the typical look of hardwood cladding but come with an easy installation and are completely hassle-free!
If you are unsure which of these cladding options to go with, don’t forget to order free samples to compare them directly with your home’s exterior look.
Slatted Cladding Boards
Slatted cladding boards add an extra touch of luxury to your outdoor project. Whether it is giving your house facade a new makeover, improving your garden’s appearance or renovating your sunroom, slatted boards provide a unique and long-lasting fresh design to any outdoor space.
Our Forma Slatted Cladding range takes its inspiration from traditional timber cladding, without any paint-job or sealing necessary, and still provides a 25-year warranty!
Midnight Composite Slatted Cladding Board
Providing the same colour intensity as our panel collection but bringing an even more contemporary and elegant, almost futuristic look to your exterior, this colour option is the darkest board available from our slatted collection.
This style will work especially well if you have big windows or vertical plants on one of your exterior walls, as it will put the focus on the vibrant greens and even enhance them.
Silver Birch Composite Slatted Cladding Board
The lightest colour of the range ties greys and oak tones together which will make it suitable for more modern or traditional looks, both with a bit of a twist, thanks to the slatted installation of the boards.
Spiced Oak Composite Slatted Cladding Board
This colour will appeal to homeowners that want something more traditional in terms of material looks but want their home to stand out nonetheless. A slatted board that mimics the look of red cedar but in a more contemporary style is a very chic way of interpreting conventional wood cladding looks.
Below are some further informative facts about composite cladding and its properties when it comes to maintenance and colour upkeep.
What are the benefits of composite cladding?
Apart from how low maintenance, hassle-free, and easy to install our composite cladding is, it also comes with a bunch of benefits that make it a popular and reliable wall cladding choice:
- Eco-friendly based on 95% of materials being ethically sourced.
- UV stable and stain resistant.
- Does not warp, crack or splinter.
- Each range comes in various styles and can be very natural looking without the negative side-effects of installing traditional timber cladding.
- 20 to 25-year warranty.
- Easy installation thanks to invisible fixings.
Do I need to paint my composite cladding?
No, you don’t ever need to paint your composite cladding. Thanks to a wide range of colours to choose from, you can decide on the perfect style for your cladding straight away; just order some free samples to your home and get creative.
Our cladding does not need paint to touch up the colour or any sealing to prevent the materials from soaking up moisture, warping or cracking, as they have been protected with an outer polymer layer that is also insect repellent and completely weatherproof.
Does composite cladding fade?
No, our composite materials won’t ever fade when it comes to their colours, as they are completely UV-protected and will keep their colour for decades to come.
Which colour is the best option for composite cladding?
This is a very personal choice that every homeowner has to make for their own home’s exterior.
If you want to go with something more contemporary, choosing tones of black or grey (i.e. our Midnight, Argent or Flinch panels or slats) would be recommended. Whereas if you are more of a traditionalist and prefer the classic look of wood, going with our Silver Birch, Spiced Oak, or Havana boards will be a great choice!
Colours matter when it comes to giving your home a fresh new look. They should mimic your personality and lifestyle and bring together all the other elements of your outdoor living space. Therefore, choosing the right colours when it comes to the installation of cladding to a building is an important but not necessarily easy choice to make.
Luckily, Ecoscape’s composite material for cladding projects offers a wide range of colours and trims to choose from. You can be sure that you will find what you are looking for in one of our cladding boards; just get yourself some free samples to take home and consider which will suit your building and its structure best.