Open Joint Cladding Systems have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Designers and architects have been incorporating this unique style to enhance the visual appeal of buildings.
Earlier this year, Trex Company expanded their high-performance, wood-alternative products portfolio with the addition of Trex® Cladding™. The new offering makes hardwood planks obsolete in modern open-joint cladding systems, delivering premium aesthetics with fade and stain resistance while eliminating the need for annual sanding and sealing. Trex Cladding uses square-edge Trex Transcend® deck boards to deliver outstanding curb appeal to a structure’s modern design, whether applied horizontally or vertically. The open-joint fa çade system promotes airflow over the water-resistant barrier behind the cladding, providing a worry-free armor for any rainscreen assembly.
Furthermore, the premium exterior aesthetic and ultra-low maintenance of Trex Cladding is especially appealing to architects, businesses and homeowners. Trex Cladding is easy to install using conventional tools and methods. There are several approved fastener options for use with both steel and wood furring strips. Boards are approved for 24-inch on-center furring strip spacing, which means faster installation and lower installed costs. Additionally, the highly impact- and scratch-resistant material is tested to withstand hurricane-force winds and is code compliant for all Type V-B structures under 40 feet in height.
Trex Cladding is available in three board lengths and 10 colour options ranging from earth tones to multi-tonal tropical hues. The boards feature a proprietary nine-element surface formulation that produces a natural, timber-like grain pattern with a lustrous, yet ultra-durable, finish designed to outperform timber. Unlike wood, Trex resists fading, staining, scratching and mold – and will not rot, warp, crack or splinter. Upkeep is hassle-free, with just an occasional cleaning with soap and water.
Underneath the cladding use InvisiWrap™ UV, which is specially designed for use with architectural designs that incorporate “open joint cladding.” The black colour of the wrap enhances the aesthetic appeal to open joint architecture. When used in conjunction with a rainscreen it provides superior bulk water drainage, exceptional vapor permeability, and durability.