External Cladding

Our external UPVC cladding is a popular, versatile and maintenance-free option for covering external elevations. It comes in a variety of colours and cladding panels can be fixed horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally should the design require. External Cladding can be installed over walling made up of any number of different materials including traditional brickwork, block and timber frames. Our external plastic cladding is manufactured by FloPlast and Freefoam and is available in a range of colours and styles.


  • UPVC shiplap and V joint cladding are differentiated by size and profile - our shiplap cladding is a wider 150mm (6") board as opposed to the V joint cladding which is 100mm wide (4").
  • Our weatherboard cladding has a New England style due to its profile and colour options and is even larger at 170mm (6.75").
  • When comparing shiplap and V joint cladding, shiplap tends to look a little more traditional in appearance due to the wider overlap between each board. This can be more clearly appreciated in the comparison image below.
  • Featuring a refined 'pine' embossed texture and a striking deep groove between each board, shadow gap cladding effortlessly elevates both vertical and horizontal installations with a hint of sophistication. Its sturdy foam core and resilient textured surface not only enhance its allure but also guarantee exceptional durability and functionality, promising an instant upgrade for a multitude of projects.
  • Our double shiplap cladding incorporates the classic charm of wood with the enhanced durability and minimal upkeep advantages of contemporary PVC-U materials, presenting a time-efficient solution.
  • Our natura wood effect cladding is created with innovative digital printing technology to produce a realistic wood effect. Durasid cladding offers strong, moisture-resistant boards and trims in various colours. Both options combine the classic appearance of wood with modern durability and convenience.
  • UPVC tudor boards are designed to look like real wood beams, with foiled edges that add to the authenticity. Made of weatherproof UPVC, they retain their colour and strength without warping or rotting like wood. Our Tudor boards are designed to effortlessly blend traditional Tudor style with modern convenience.


UPVC external cladding is effectively maintenance-free as its skin is weather resistant and thus moisture cannot penetrate into the core of the board. Unlike timber, UPVC does not deteriorate through rot and also does not require the application of protective coatings to maintain its appearance and climate resistance.

Our exterior cladding provides an additional external barrier - it will benefit the building’s insulation properties and reduce thermal loss. This has been recognised by the A+ rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes. As well as its insulating properties, our plastic external cladding panels also have acoustic properties leading to a reduction in background noise.

Much like timber, UPVC external cladding is easily cut and nailed using traditional tools, and despite its durability, these products are relatively lightweight so can be easily manoeuvred into position.

Is Plastic External Cladding Safe?

Because each of our external cladding ranges has a unique blend of materials, the fire ratings of each can vary. Because of this, there may even be differences in fire ratings across colours in the same range depending on the dyes and component levels utilised. Please ensure to check the fire rating of each PVC cladding product separately.

Although the spread of flame across the surface of UPVC is limited, the material does tend to char and may fall away when exposed to fire. Due consideration should always be given to any combustible materials behind the cladding, which may become exposed in the event of a fire. Where necessary, cavity barriers should be incorporated behind the cladding, as required under the relevant national Building Regulations.

As market-leading products, our ranges of plastic wall cladding have gained BBA Certification as well as being British Standards Registered.

Please note: If your property is with 1m of a boundary, building regulation will stipulate that you have to use a class 1 fire classification product. This normally is not UPVC or composite or timber but tends to be a cement-based product like fibre cement cladding, render, brick etc. It would be down to the building control officer but the further away from the boundary the higher the percentage of non-classified products you can use – also fire backing board or fireproofing could be considered but the common solution is cement fibre board.

For a quick overview of how UPVC external cladding works, please take a moment to watch the short video below.

External Cladding Colour Finishes

Our external plastic cladding comes in several different colours to suit aesthetic or practical preferences

  • The most popular continues to be our White Cladding.
  • Our range of Woodgrain Cladding is gaining in popularity, the Rosewood Range adds a unique finishing touch to any application.
  • Our Anthracite Shiplap has become extremely popular over the past few years, this dark grey colour is very sought after by homeowners and offers a very sleek modern finish.
  • Our Black Ash Cladding range provides a look which is simple and classic. 
  • The woodgrain range is completed with our Golden Oak PVC Cladding, providing a contemporary finish to the building. These colour ranges replicate those found in our Replacement Fascia ranges so that the project can be colour-matched throughout if required.
  • Our Coloured Weatherboards are available in embossed White as well as Storm Grey, Slate Grey, Colonial Blue, Sage Green, Misty Grey, Pale Gold & Sand and Anthracite Grey
  • Our Double Shiplap Cladding offers a wide range of colour choices, from basic White to ever popular Anthracite Grey, Sand and new Colonial Blue, Sage Green and Misty Grey.
  • With Natura wood effect cladding, you can select from six stunning wood decor options: Malted Oak, Grey Cedar, Barnwood Oak, Siberian Larch, Greyed Oak, and Aged Padauk. Durasid wood effect cladding comes in a variety of colours, including Woodland Oak, Red Cedar, African Padauk, Siberian Larch, Barnwood Grey, Sheffield Oak, Grey Cedar, and Woodland Grey, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home.
  • Tudor boards come in a variety of woodgrain finishes, including light oak, mahogany, rosewood, black ash, and anthracite grey.

UPVC External Cladding Guarantees

Our UPVC external cladding ranges come complete with a 10-year guarantee which covers both product performance and significant discolouration. To view Floplast's full cladding performance guarantee document, click here. Our Freefoam cladding ranges come with an up-to 10-year guarantee depending on the colour, a 5 year guarantee applies to our dark colours: Storm Grey, Slate Grey, Colonial Blue, Sage Green & Anthracite Grey. For more information on Freefoam's guarantee, click here

Sustainability of External Plastic Cladding

Our Shiplap and V Joint PVC external wall cladding systems have been assessed and given an A+ rating. This allows the specifier/housebuilder to claim the code for sustainable homes a maximum of three points when using UPVC on an external wall system. Also, as Natura wood effect cladding is made from 100% recyclable materials, it’s a sustainable option for environmentally conscious projects.

Fitting Instructions for External Cladding

Our ranges come in standard lengths of 5 metres and are relatively easy to install. There are detailed installation instructions and helpful videos for your building project available in our Guides and Tips Section.

If the installation is over walls which are not weather-tight themselves or which are in exposed locations it is recommended that a suitable backing membrane be used to ensure the water tightness of the application.   

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