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08 May 2023 by DECO Australia
When designing multi-residential or multi-storey buildings, soffit linings are an important consideration for adding elegance and style. Soffit and eave linings can convey the character of a building, whether it is a contemporary urban feature or a more traditional design. When using timber this may present challenges when installed on multi-residential buildings, including the high maintenance needs, combustibility, and tendency to distort and fade over time.
To address these challenges, alternative materials that can add elegance to a soffit lining while withstanding the tests of time and nature should be considered. DecoClad®, the timber-look aluminium cladding system from DECO Australia, provides the ultimate solution. Thanks to DecoClad, architects can specify the natural beauty, warmth, and texture of timber, while still meeting building specifications for safety, durability and longevity.
Finishes, Styles and Colours
DecoClad® offers a range of natural woodgrain finishes that offer the appearance of various popular Australian, exotic, and contemporary timbers. From the beachy tones of DecoWood® Curly Birch to a selection of vibrant cedars, specifiers can choose the perfect finish for the exterior soffits and eaves linings to suit the overall design of their building.
A great example of a DeocClad soffit is the Solis by Mosiac, to find out more about this project follow the link:
Fire safety is a critical consideration in the design of multi-residential buildings. Following the Grenfell and Lacrosse cladding fires, the National Construction Code (NCC) has imposed stringent requirements on the types of materials that can be used on multi-residential buildings. Buildings with three or more storeys must be constructed using products that satisfy NCC requirements as non-combustible materials. DecoClad® is a 100% non-combustible material made from solid aluminium with a sublimated, powder coat finish that will not ignite or spread flames. This means architects can specify DecoClad® to add a natural element to high-rise and multi-residential buildings without compromising fire safety.
Stability and longevity are another key consideration when choosing a soffit lining material. Depending on the location, multi-res buildings can be exposed to harsh elements such as salt spray, moisture, pollution and strong sunlight. Soffit linings and cladding are particularly vulnerable to deterioration due to these elements. While timber would rot, warp, swell, and crack from this sort of exposure, as well as require extensive maintenance schedules, DecoClad® features a Class 2 Super Durable™ powder coat finish that has been tested extensively in extreme exposure locations and is designed to withstand the test of time.
Achieve effortless, beautiful soffits with DecoClad. Find out more here:
Contact our team today to find out more about our full range DecoWood® timber-look aluminium products.