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What is the best weatherboard?

Posted in: Ideas and Advice
13 October 2021

Firstly we should comment that weatherboard is also known as cladding or even clap board… This is a method of securing additional materials to the outside of a building to help protect against the weather or can be for purely aesthetic appeal to give a more modern look to a property.

Go 21st Century

Weatherboarded buildings are growing in popularity. Not just for the look – rustic charm and sleek good looks on period and contemporary buildings – but also the way weatherboarding protects our homes from the elements.  It’s a style that is no longer constrained to the east and south of England, it’s a look that works across the nation.

Why HardiePlank weatherboard?

With today’s temporary shortages on timber, Arnold Laver brings a great product to the market as an alternative. The HardiePlank is a weatherboard that looks great, can be installed at any time of the year, and its protection is second to none. It’s not wood. It’s non-combustible engineered cellulose-fibre, mixed with Portland cement composite and sand. It’s clever and it’s lightweight!

Not convinced? Let us enlighten you.

This clever product is versatile, easy to fit (we can advise on the tools you’ll need, and supply all the accessories) and even the ‘wood-purists’ are beginning to sway. Tested to A2 non-combustible fire retardant level, it means your house or building can ensure your conscience is clear. It has the texture of wood, comes in five colourways and it won’t shrink, sag or warp, it’s fade resistant and it’ll last for approximately 60 years. Enough science, here’s some ideas on the look.

Get the Look

HardiePlank works for small domestic projects, or large-scale commercial. It’s versatile and easy application means that you can exercise your creative muscles. Clad a portion of your house – upper level works really well, or it can enhance a new extension.

Avalaible in 2 textures; Cedar and Smooth and 21 colours.


We love the look of Midnight Black weatherboarding on pale London brick, or the Arctic White alongside deep red clay brick.

Make it a feature, and clad a porch or an apex – there’s no need to worry about easy-reach maintenance – you can put your ladder away and just enjoy the look! This clever weatherboarding can also give you the chance to get a fresh new look on an existing house or building. No need to limit to a new build. We think an addition of a portion or one façade of your home, can give you a refreshed look that will stand the test of time.

Growing in popularity are the home offices at the end of gardens, or conversion of garages. Go weatherboard and make these structures look good from the house! Try cladding the house in Artic White, and go Midnight Black at the back. We love the mix and match look across your property, although we advise you to retain the same cladding on each structure. Where they dovetail, makes creative sense.

For advice and support on what would suit your needs, or if you need advice on installation and measurement, then check in with our knowledgeable teams. They know their weatherboarding and HardiePlank might be just what you need.

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