Welcome to Daniel’s Roof and our guide to Upvc plastic cladding boards.
On many homes cladding boards are used on three different locations around the building. Either they are used on the external vertical walls of buildings perhaps as an alternative to a traditional brick face. They are often used as a ceiling panel either under a porch, car porch or internally. They can also be used as a siding on an internal wall such as a panel in a wet room or bathroom.
There are two different types of plastic cladding boards that are readily available, each will have a separate set of colours and even profiles, they are not compatible with each other so should be kept separate.
Internal cladding systems should never be used outdoors as it is unlikely that they will have the UV protection that exterior grade cladding has.
Solid Cladding Boards
These boards are typically used on the vertical sides of buildings (see photo to the right) they are made from solid plastic with a shiny, easy to clean outer surface. These boards are manufactured to a standard 5 metre length and are almost exclusively used externally. Please see the specs below:
- Available in the following colours: White, Mahogany, Golden Oak and Rosewood to match existing window frames or fascia boards.
- Sizes: 100mm open “V” and 150mm Shiplap
- length: 5 metre is the standard length. Made to measure may be available from some manufacturers
- Fixings: 30mm or 40mm stainless steel pins at every joist/baton
- Trims: Colour matched trims such as starting trims, flexible trims, 90° angles and universal trims for around window and door frames
Here are a few photos of the solid cladding boards, taken during a recent installation I carried out:
These plastic boards are most often seen on the underside of porches or car porches as they are an affordable alternative to ply wood. They are also seen in wet rooms and bathrooms, either as bath panels or wall cladding. The boards are made from a shiny and easy to clean outer skin but are hollow inside, this makes them very lightweight and cost effective. They are also easy to damage and crack.
These boards can used as an alternative to installing new soffits to a roofline. Also because they interlock they can used to span a very wide area so are suitable for properties with an unusually wide eaves overhang. Please see the spec sheet below:
- Available in the following colours: White, Mahogany, Golden Oak and Rosewood
- Sizes: the appearance of 3 x 100mm panels is achieved in a pre moulded 300mm board. Single 100mm panels are also available
- length: 5 metre is the standard length
- Thickness: 10mm
- Fixings: 30mm steel pins at every joist/baton
- Trims: Colour matched plastic trims such as starting trims, flexible trims, 90° angles and universal trims for around window frames etc
Manufacturers and Where to Buy
These boards are manufactured by several different companies, the most recognized being Swish (who also make curtain rails etc), Celuform and Floplast.
The best way to find a local supplier would be by contacting one of these manufacturers and asking for a list of suppliers local to you or just checking out your nearest roof-line stockist. If you can locate a stockist that sells fascias and guttering then they will most likely sell cladding systems too. This site sells bespoke and commercial cladding systems.