SiOO:X inspiration: a weathered look without the wait
Weathering is a natural process which occurs to all timber when it is exposed to the elements, resulting in the timber turning a silver grey colour. The building's design, location and elevation all affect the rate of weathering, with some areas potentially taking years longer - if at all - to weather fully. SiOO:X is an innovative Swedish impregnation system which allows you to achieve a weathered look for your project at an accelerated rate, eliminating the risk of differential weathering taking place. This blog showcases some of our all-time favourite Russwood projects which have employed the use of this remarkable product.
SiOO:X is an ideal choice for those who desire the weathered look for their project but want it to happen quickly and uniformly around the building. SiOO:X lends a modern and striking visual allure to this standalone cabin, which is clad with Abodo® in a modern vertical arrangement. The thermally modified Abodo® cladding means this impressive cabin in the heart of Cardrona Valley can withstand the harsh alpine climate of New Zealand’s South Island, while the SiOO:X offers a beautifully consistent colour to the façade.
Upon installation, SiOO:X begins a rapid curing process, with any initial patchiness fading out over a period of 10-16 weeks. Our Light Grey and Mid Grey options will give more immediate colour to the timber. These pigmented options are a highly popular choice amongst architects and homeowners due to the more immediate and long lasting colour. SiOO:X Mid Grey and Light Grey have been developed specifically for use with fine-sawn or Microtex® surfaces and, due to the mixing and application requirements of the pigmented products, are only available as factory-applied coatings.
This modern and serene home environment in Craigmyle employs SiOO:X Mid Grey on its gable end, which features both horizontal and vertical cladding, to eliminate differential weathering effects, and add to its aesthetically pleasing exterior.
Private home, Kent
This ultra-modern project in Kent serves as a perfect example of the benefits of incorporating SiOO:X into your design. If left uncoated, the soffits and areas which are sheltered from the elements would never have weathered, creating a ‘patchy’ effect; but with SiOO:X, this issue is eliminated completely. The Mid Grey colour chosen by the client gives a rapid coloured effect and harmoniously complements the coastal surroundings of the building.
This quirky building in Eyemouth’s Fishmarket used SiOO:X Mid Grey coating to guarantee a consistently weathered appearance on all four façades. Galmstrup Architects selected Russwood’s Thermopine® cladding for its stability and high performance in a more challenging coastal environment, with the mid-grey tone blends into the maritime environment and the colour of the Scottish sky.
Private Home, Aberdeenshire
Mixed width vertical cladding adds visual character to the exterior of the building – a popular trend we are seeing in a wide range of projects. The aesthetic of this traditional Aberdeenshire home has been elevated by using a SiOO:X Light Grey coating to give it a flawless appearance and make it stand out against the greenery of its surroundings.
Moxon Office, Crathie
This gorgeous project combines two different finishes to achieve a striking visual contrast. Dark painted Thermopine® cladding is coupled with SiOO:X Light Grey coated SILA Select® Siberian Larch to create to create a modern, sleek office space at this architect practice’s Scottish headquarters. A project we can’t get enough of!
SIOO:X Original can be purchased through our Online Shop for application on-site. SiOO:X Original, Mid Grey and Light Grey can all be factory-applied to Russwood’s timber cladding.
If you are interested in discussing the application of SiOO:X on your next project, get in touch with a member of our Sales team and we will be happy to assist you.