New Class B Fire Rated Composite Timber Cladding

cladding architecture bungalow chimney Dura Composites, supplier of composite products for flooring and facades, has bolstered the self-build, renovation and new-build residential market with the launch of new Dura Cladding Resist. Dura Cladding Resist is the UK’s first co-extruded composite timber cladding with a Class B fire rating that’s tested in accordance with genuine install methodology from a UKAS approved laboratory and offers superior performance over traditional residential cladding materials.

Available in six wood-look colours to suit every style of home, Dura Cladding has a unique armoured layer to help protect the core of the plank from the elements ensuring the cladding always looks like new. Dura Composites’ FSC® 100% chain of custody certification means that the wood content comes from well-managed forests, and up to 78% of the materials used are recycled hardwood and plastic too.

Dura Cladding Resist offers considerable advantages to architects, contractors, self-builders and end-users versus traditional wood, fibre cement or PVC cladding, including:

  • No need to ever paint, seal or treat the cladding
  • Simple installation using standard tools
  • Rot, splinter and warp resistant
  • 15 year warranty
  • UV Colour stabilitycladding boards colours
  • Full range of slimline colour matched aluminium trims
  • Available as FSC® Certified

Current guidance regarding dwelling houses and other buildings below 18 meters require a minimum classification of Class B-s3, d2. Dura Cladding Resist has successfully achieved the superior classification of B-s2, d0 – in recognition of its lower smoke volume and the absence of droplet production in the event of a fire. These attributes, combined with its limited contribution to flame spread mean that should the building be under attack from fire, firefighters’ visibility would be less impeded, leaving them able to expediently deal with extinguishing the fire. In addition, the unique composition of Dura Cladding also prevents spontaneous re-ignition when the source of the flame is removed – further enhancing its safety properties.

“We’re really excited to be launching Dura Cladding Resist” said Stuart Burns, Dura Composites’ Managing Director. “As well as enhancing its looks, the right cladding can also help to insulate a building and protect it from the elements. The UV fade and fire resistant outer armour, paired with the beautiful composite timber woodgrain surface gives a finish unlike anything else in the construction market and offers an environmentally friendly alternative to the health issues now associated with our competitors’ fibre cement cladding products. What’s more, with our easy fit colour-matched aluminium trims and aluminium battens, you’re buying a complete system from a single source, and which offers huge labour and maintenance savings over other materials.”

Dura Composites’ new slimline powder coated aluminium trims and aluminium battening can be utilised as a full system which offers enhanced performance versus wood battening. Our free Technical Installation Manual helps installers ensure that they can easily follow best practice with minimum effort, ensuring  sufficient airflow between the external finish and the main structural frame of the building so any moisture is easily evaporated away.

The 3660mm length cladding planks have a 180mm profile with a 150mm face and are designed to be installed in a “Weatherboard” style which overlaps at the horizontal joins to encourage water run-off and which creates a contemporary styling. Free samples are available to order now from the Dura Composites website at and from the company’s exclusive UK distribution partner International Timber.

“International Timber are delighted to offer the Dura Cladding Resist range and its obvious advantages of a Euro Class B Fire Rating to our customers”; says John Dowd, Specialised Product Category Director at International Timber.  The cladding market has been in need of an aesthetically attractive product which delivers on the demands of fire safety regulations and which is low maintenance, and Dura Cladding Resist will be the answer for a wide range of our customer base. As the sole UK distributor of this product we have a team of Product Champions based at each of our depots ready to offer expertise and quotations and we look forward to supplying Dura Cladding Resist range to customers in all UK regions.”

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