Contemporary aesthetics emphasize individuality in a modern lifestyle. Can a building have a façade more unique than wood? The façade is the element of a building that makes the first decisive impression. A wooden façade is always unique and will thrill anybody who has an affinity with wood with its fascinating qualities: natural variety, live appearance, weather resistance, excellent constructional and ecological qualities, allowing speedy construction. Thanks to the aforementioned qualities, wooden façades are acquiring a reputation of prestige, not least because their aesthetic value is increasingly acknowledged in modern architectural approaches.
RIKO wooden façades can clad any exterior wall - no matter whether we are dealing with a RIKO prefabricated solid wooden house or a brick or concrete building, a new construction or a renovated house. Wooden façades are appropriate for residential houses, for larger public building as well as for commercial/residential buildings. A wooden façade functions as a protective shell to the basic construction against the influences of the environment, and also represents an important aesthetic design element.
As a basic material, wood allows for a number of cladding types, and many different profiles and colours can be used. In combination with stone, glass or metal, the characteristics of wood are emphasized on a façade.
Wood is a natural material subject to changes due to aging. It is therefore important that it is properly worked, fitted and chemically protected for the construction. For RIKO façades, we mostly use larch wood as well as spruce and cedar wood. Different cladding types and various new forms as well as countless combinations with other materials offer extensive possibilities to emphasize the individuality of your house.
Here we show you some types of RIKO wooden façades.
Larch has strong self-protective qualities and therefore does not need additional chemical protection. The wood forms an oxidation layer on its surface which effectively protects it against the effects of the weather. In time larch will become coated with a grey patina which is only an aesthetic effect and has no impact on the functionality and lifespan of a façade.
The change in color is a natural phenomenon that is inherent in all the types of wood we use for exterior façades. If you want to keep the original colour of larch wood, we can coat the façade with a thin-layer of colourless varnish based on organic solvents. At least two coatings are necessary – although we recommend three. The coating needs to be renewed every two to three years.
Spruce belongs to the least resistant tree species. Therefore, we recommend chemical protection. First an impregnation coating will prolong the lifespan and protect the spruce wood against the effects of the weather. Impregnation is followed by three thin-layered coatings of varnish in different shades. The thin varnish coatings are expected to be renewed every three to five years (depending on the location of the building and the climatic conditions), but annual inspection is desirable.
Cedar is an exclusive and durable tree species that does not require special maintenance. In an outdoor environment, the wood turns to a uniform grey. Cedar wood is among the lightest of the conifers.
The quality of a wooden façade is defined by the correct selection of tree species, correct cladding and the professional execution of details. The correct integration of wood is of key importance for the durability of the wooden façade shell. If the constructional principles of protection are respected as well as the fact that a wooden façade needs to be aerated, you need not worry about the durability of your façade.