Exterior cladding for a detached house – ideas for the builder

The exterior cladding of a detached house should be carefully planned. Combining large surfaces and small details improves the durability of the facade and brings personality to the exterior of your home. Give wings to your dreams and create your own combination.

Wide or narrow exterior cladding of a detached house

There is a choice in the width of the cladding panels. Traditionally 95, 120 or 145 mm wide panels have been used for the exterior cladding of a detached house.

Siparila TOPCOAT-ulkoverhouspaneeli UTV, valkoinen

Topcoat -V (UTV) panel 145mm wide and mounted vertically.

In addition to traditional widths, exterior cladding panels up to 280 millimeters wide are also available. Wide exterior cladding panels are made of glued blank which reduces the shape of the wood, in example the wood does not warp as a result of humidity and temperature fluctuations. The exterior cladding of a detached house can be built with 220, 265 and 280 mm wide panels. The wider the cladding the faster the facade paneling progresses. The thickness of the panels also increases as the width increases to maintain the functionality and durability of the exterior cladding. Read more about wide exterior cladding panels.

TOPCOAT paneeli 28*220 liimattu kuusi, kuultava 5087

Topcoat -W (UTW) panel 28 mm thick and 220 mm wide

The exterior cladding of a detached house can also be made of many different widths. You can select narrow and wide panels and connect them on the same wall surface. If you combine several panel widths, you should plan the stacking carefully so that the entirety becomes pleasant to the eyes. When ordering be sure to mention that all panels come to the same destination.

Antikankaan monitoimitalossa on käytetty palosuojattua paneelia julkisivussa suorareunaisena UTS profiilina

Four different panel widths are combined on the surface of the Antinkangas School center

Vertical cladding or horizontal cladding

When choosing panels for the exterior cladding of a detached house you should consider whether you want to install the panels vertically or horizontally, or perhaps use both installation directions. Horizontal cladding gives the impression of width, while vertical cladding can emphasize the height of your home. Some of the exterior cladding panels are suitable for horizontal cladding some for vertical cladding and some shapes can be used in both.

Topcoat-ulkoverhouspaneeli UTL-profiili

Clapboarding with Topcoat -L panel (UTL)

Of the panel shapes, modern streamlined UTW and UTL are only suitable for horizontal cladding. The vertical cladding of a detached house can be implemented with a straight-edge UTS panel.

Pintamaalattu ulkoverhouslauta, valkoinen

Topcoat -S panel is suitable for vertical cladding (UTS)

If you want to use vertical and horizontal cladding in the exterior cladding of a detached house, you should choose UTV or its more modern version UTU as the panel format. In these shapes, the edges of the panel are chamfered so that water does not stand at the joint of the panels.

Palosuojattu Kyrönmaan palvelukoti

The Topcoat -V profile (UTV) is suitable for vertical and horizontal installation

Nail-free exterior cladding for a detached house

The paint effectively protects the wood from moisture and the abrasive effect of the sun’s UV radiation. When the paintwork on the exterior cladding of a detached house breaks the wood is exposed to the harmful effects of moisture and air pollutants. Moisture also condenses around the nail poles in spring and autumn damaging the wood.


Water condenses around the nail poles and damages the wood.

The weather resistance of the exterior cladding of a detached house can be improved by choosing a concealed cladding panel. In concealed panels, the traces of attachment remain hidden and the end result is a nailless exterior cladding for a detached house. Concealed panels are pre-painted, so they no longer need to be painted after installation. This saves costs and speeds up construction. Yard work can be started immediately after installing the exterior cladding of a detached house.

Päätypontti säästää materiaalia ja mahdollistaa tiiviit jatkokset

The end joint joints are tight and remain beautiful from year to year.

Exterior cladding for a detached house can also be saved by ordering panels with end joints. With end-jointed panels the panel rows can always be extended with the remaining piece and there is no need to position the joints on the rails. The joints of the end-jointed panels are tight and do not start to grimace over the years as the panels installed without end-joint do.

The details complete the whole

The details of the exterior cladding of a detached house improve the long-term durability of your home and create the look of a house facade. The corners can be completed with inconspicuous outer corner strips or wider finished corner elements. The overall look of the outer corner mouldings is modern. The finished corner elements instead represent a more traditional style of the exterior cladding of a detached house.

Pintamaalattu ulkonurkkalista, valkoinen


The outer corner strip finishes the corners in style. Panel Topcoat -W 23 × 170 mm.

It is advisable to build window boards using a ready-made window solution in which the side boards are installed on an aluminum window moulding and no separate sealing compounds are required. The window board gives an elegant narrow border to the windows. By sawing off the edge of the window board you can also build traditional wide window boards. White is usually used as the shade of the window board, but the overall look of the facade can be brightened by choosing dark gray, brown or black as the shades of the window boards. The boards are pre-painted which speeds up construction.

ikkunan pielilauta

The window solution is also suitable for finishing sloping windows.

The exterior cladding of a detached house gets its impression from the eaves boarding. Prefabricated eaves boards in a hue speed up construction and there is no fear of tangling the façade in the painting of the final stage of construction. Painting is time consuming, expensive and weather dependent. With pre-painted eaves and headboards, the wood is immediately protected from the weather.

Siparila valmiiksi maalattu ulkoverhouspaneeli

Gray cornice cladding contrasts with the light facade

The shade of the exterior cladding of a detached house

Last but not least is the shade of the exterior cladding. When choosing a shade, you should follow your own preferences, but also think about how the shade lasts in time and weather conditions. For example, black tones are stylish, but the sun’s UV radiation consumes a dark wood surface more than light surfaces. This means a shorter maintenance interval.

The bright white wood surface is beautiful but dazzling with sunshine. In an urban environment, dust and contaminants are also more visible on a white surface than on a darker surface. With different shades of gray, it’s a good idea to check to see if gray folds into blue, green, or some other color. These will accentuate on a larger surface. When the shade is applied over real wood it changes slightly compared to the paper color scheme. This is why it is worth testing a few panels before choosing the final shade for the exterior cladding of a detached house.

Siparila sileähöylätty VINHA-ulkoverhous

In addition to the traditional covering shades, the visible exterior cladding shades of the detached house are an alternative. In visible tones, the maintenance painting interval of the panels is only 2-5 years, which makes their maintenance laborious for the resident.

Joensuun Ellin opiskelija-asunnot

Siparila has developed a durable exterior cladding for those who love natural shades. Durable translucent shades contain more wood-protective pigments extending their maintenance paint interval to 10 years. Discover the wonderful durable shades of the exterior cladding of a detached house.

kestokuultava valmiiksi maalattu ulkoverhous

Durable translucent Roasted Wheat tone was used in Joutsentalo facade.

No traditional detached house cladding

If traditional panel designs are boring it is worth looking at Finnish building and construction history. Namely, shingle surfaces are making a comeback entry. Shingles have been used a lot in Finnish construction, both on walls and roofs. Siparila has developed an industrial shingle panel called Paanu-panel that is cheaper than hand-carved shingle panel and is well suited, for example to enliven a traditional wooden surface. Paanu-panels are jointed, in example there are no nail poles on the visible surface and of course pre-painted, so that construction is easy and fast.

Shingle cladding in an audible Ocean Gray shade

Paanu-panels are always made to order. Ask more from our sales!

Check out the pre-painted exterior cladding panels!