For years, home designers have been specifying the use of hardwood decking as exterior cladding. Now composite decking manufacturers want a piece of the action, extending their warranties to cover cladding applications or introducing new products similar to their decking but configured with a rainscreen for moisture protection, specifically so it can be used as cladding.
Deckorators recently had its MBC (mineral-based composite) decking—including its Voyage, Vault and Frontier decking and picture frame boards—approved for use as wall cladding in horizontal, vertical and angled applications.
“Our MBC decking has gained a loyal following in the deck contractor community, and we’re excited to announce the approval of a cladding application,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director of marketing for Deckorators. “Now builders can get the style, unmatched structural integrity and superior warranty of MBC decking for even the toughest exterior applications.”
Over the last year, other WPC decking manufacturers have introduced dedicated cladding and rainscreen products, including Fiberon’s Wildwood, Fortress Building Products’ Apex, Trex Cladding, and NewTechWood’s European Siding.