Building projects, no matter how big or small will always use a large amount of materials. Whether or not the materials are natural or man-made will depend on the design of the project and the priorities of the owners and designers.
Although it is hard to achieve a building that comprises completely of natural materials there is plenty of scope for incorporating natural materials throughout much of the project. Natural materials have many advantages compared to man-made building materials and are seeing a resurgence in popularity.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should use natural building materials in your project:
The test of time
Many natural building materials have been used for hundreds of years and have stood the test of time. Larch cladding and cedar shingles have proven their worth as effective and reliable building materials in the UK. The composition of natural materials doesn’t change, so you know that you are getting the highest quality and that a manufacturing company hasn’t tried to cut any corners to reduce costs.
Easy to maintain
Natural building materials are easy to maintain as a lot of them can be left in their natural state. Larch and cedar can both be used without any other treatments and with some basic common sense, such as reducing the build up of any leaf matter or moss, they will last for many years.
Cheap to replace
If a few man made tiles blow off your roof in a storm then finding the right size, shape and colour to match the rest of your tiles can be a real challenge. If some cedar or larch gets damaged then it is very easy and cheap to replace. You can have some more cut to the exact size you need, if you had a bespoke project, or buy some off the shelf. Any new shingles or cladding will soon weather to match the rest of your building.
Minimal carbon footprint
Natural materials have a minimal carbon footprint. Using wood from well-managed woodlands can have a positive effect on the environment as it protects the woodlands from being cleared for agriculture or building land. The production of cedar shingles or larch wood cladding produces almost zero carbon.
You can source natural building materials locally. This is not only good for the environment, but also good for the local economy and it cements your building into the local landscape, adding character and value.