Eurocell is bringing a touch of the American East Coast to our shores with the launch of Coastline, a New England-style lightweight composite cladding range.
Made from a composite material, Coastline can reportedly add up to 10-years of guaranteed weatherproof performance thanks to its unique composite formulation: it also reportedly offers minimal contraction and expansion whatever the weather conditions.
Unlike timber, Coastline is said to be virtually maintenance-free, will reportedly not rot or warp and is pest and insect-resistant. Installation is said to be quick and easy, with no wet trades or adhesives needed. Suitable for buildings up to 18m tall, it is BBA certified and fire tested in the UK by Exova Warringtonfire to conform to BS EN 13501 (Fire Classification for Construction Products).
Quick and simple to install, Coastline is said to employ a simple interlocking mechanism that fixes to standard timber battens, with no membranes required, while co-ordinating aluminium trims and end closers, combined with silicone sealants in complementary colours.
Coastline is reportedly less harmful to the environment than alternative cladding systems as it contains no organic material. This means it will won’t absorb moisture, never rot, nor attract insects that could damage its fabric. Unlike cement boards, Coastline is said to be lightweight, fade-resistant, 100% recyclable and will not release harmful silica dust when cut to length. Paint and preservative treatments contain volatile chemicals that are potentially environmentally harmful; yet Eurocell says Coastline will never need them – all it takes to bring it back to its best is the occasional clean with a garden hose.
And with issues around the supply of traditional materials such as bricks ongoing, building designers and contractors are increasingly seeking alternatives that are widely available in the UK and not reliant on imports.
Chris Coxon, head of marketing at Eurocell, said: “The growing interest in New England-style cladding means the time is right for Coastline. It delivers a contemporary aesthetic, but its beauty is more than skin-deep. Our new composite material ensures that the cladding will look as good in 10 years as it does at the time of installation, no matter how harsh the environmental conditions. For the contractor, it’s lightweight and the complementary aluminium fixing system makes the job far easier than handling heavier fibre-cement based boards, saving both time and money.”