Clive Panter, Director of Architecture at Lewis and Hickey, has used timber cladding in the past but has had some reservations due to weathering concerns. After reading up about Sioo, he found that it would provide the right balance of natural appearance and visual stability that he needed for his next project.
Sioo's active, natural ingredients combine to enhance the appearance and performance of wood. Sioo's 2 step process can rejuvenate damaged/old wood back to health and protect new applications for up to 15 years virtually maintenance free use.
Silva Timber provided me with a sample of Western Red Cedar coated in Sioo, which I kept in my garden to weather. This simple test provided even better results that I anticipated.
The brief for Clives next project was for a family home that maximised sustainability within a moderate budget. The design would mix elements of a traditional family house and typical house builder units to create a simplistic exterior purposefully calm, relying on natural materials to give a feeling of quality. Parts of the exterior were to be clad in timber, finished in Sioo.
The Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear Rainscreen Cladding was finished in Sioo Wood Protection. Within two months, the appearance was fully transformed into a beautiful silvery-grey. Its appearance and structural integrity will be maintained for up to 15 years before it may need re-coating.
Clive Panter is one of many architects who were previously sceptical of specifying timber until now. Clive explains, Sioo has been a bit of a break through and Im really glad it has worked so well for me. Im now quite an evangelist about Sioo as its performed beyond my expectations. It has put timber back on my list of materials to use.