Cladding Delivers Low Maintenance for Building Exteriors

To provide building and design professionals with wood-alternatives for façades and rainscreen assemblies, Fortress Building Products has debuted its product category, cladding. Fortress cladding transcends the limitations of wood by pairing its beauty with the strength of composite and PVC. Drawing from the performance attributes of Infinity and Apex deck boards, Fortress cladding stands strong as a line of defense against water infiltration and endures the weathering effects of time.

Fortress cladding endures the weathering effects of time.
Fortress cladding endures the weathering effects of time.

Design professionals can select from co-extruded bamboo-plastic composite (CBPC) Infinity cladding boards and capped bamboo-plastic PVC (CBPVC) Apex cladding boards with non-repeating grain patterns, enhanced wood grain textures and earth-tone color palettes. Due to their UV-, fade- and moisture-resistive properties, hues like Brazilian Teak and Oasis Palm endure throughout the lifetime of the product and do not require staining or resealing to preserve their aesthetic. Since recommended maintenance is minimal and inexpensive, architects and building professionals can design and build wood-emulating exteriors and rainscreen assemblies knowing selected colors and board shapes will remain unchanged over time.

Comprised of 60 percent Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC) certified bamboo fiber and 40 percent recycled plastics, Fortress cladding products are an environmentally friendly composite and PVC-based building material. Because bamboo is a grass-based, readily renewable organic material that grows 30 times faster than wood, it’s an ideal natural material to pair with post-consumer plastics being diverted from landfills. Sustainable and renewable materials coupled with inexpensive installation yield a competitive on-the-wall cost.

Fortress Infinity CBPC cladding is a co-extruded bamboo-plastic composite that offers effective moisture-resistance and inspiring wood emulation in rainscreen applications. Fortress Infinity cladding is available in four in-stock and nine special order colors inspired by the beauty of tropical hardwood species: Tiger Cove, Cape Town Grey, Caribbean Coral and Oasis Palm. Fortress Infinity cladding is fully backed by a 25-year residential and 15-year commercial warranty.

To maintain a consistent aesthetic, Fortress Apex CBPVC cladding features a bamboo cellular PVC core that allows for minimal expansion and contraction. Each board undergoes a proprietary tri-extrusion and dual embossing to emulate the appearance of hardwood. Encapsulated with an acrylic polymer, boards are shielded from UV rays and provide fade and stain performance over their long-warranted coverage.

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