Wooden Cladding for Stairs
Wooden cladding is a product that can transform the appearance of your staircase. It is a solution if you plan to get an upgrade, but do not necessarily intend to pay more money for a brand new staircase. Wooden cladding also works well with winding staircases.
Choosing the Right Materials
The quality of materials, the grade and the type of wood you use for your cladding determine the overall look of your stairs. When choosing wooden materials for your cladding, it pays to consider the abnormalities in the grains of the wood to create a unique look for your cladding. Note that when used in the right way, abnormalities in the grains of the wood can enhance the visual appearance of the material.
Aside from physical appearance, durability matters when it comes to wooden materials. Hardwoods that come from a tropical origin are normally stronger, durable and more robust.
Treatment and Finishing
Wood treatment and finishing are very important to protect your wooden cladding from potential damage. There are many wood treatment and finishing options available in the market. For example, if you want something “green,” you may consider the pressurized treatment process.
If you like decorative surfaces, you may get some of those pre-finished cladding. You can also invest in high quality wooden cladding, and then apply micro-porous paint finish on it. If you like a more natural look, you can opt for oak materials. Oak is durable and you can leave it at it natural state without worrying about damage. The color of oak tends to bleach out when the wood is exposed to direct sunlight, but the bleached out oak takes on a silver-gray appearance that is most people enjoy.
Wood cladding can be applied in three ways; they are horizontal boarding, vertical boarding and diagonal boarding. Vertical boarding is usually used to overlap your wood to create a unique design. Vertical boarding is used to make the corners of your wall to look great. Diagonal boarding form will compliment the sides as well. In this case, the tongue or groove should be facing at the upward position.
When installing wooden cladding, make sure that you provide enough space in between the boards to give room for natural wood expansion and shrinkage. Also, its is very important to use the right types of nails for your wooden cladding to avoid chipping or splitting. Use a nail gun, instead of a hammer, when you nail your wood.
Maintenance and Durability
Consider protecting your wood from fire. Wood cladding is generally susceptible to fire but with the latest advancement in processes, this can be prevented. Flame retardant chemicals can be applied during the manufacturing stage. The key is to always check and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure good coverage.