Wood for the exterior

The multitalented wood facade

Wood combines tactile, visual and ecological qualities in a unique way: It is a renewable building material, has a low carbon footprint, feels pleasant to the touch and its natural hues create an atmosphere of well-being. This makes it especially attractive for a wide variety of exterior applications, including facades.

May 11 2020

Two facade systems are setting new standards

As a building material, wood is a true all-rounder: Virtually any type of wood, whether treated or untreated, can be adapted and used for facade construction. In facade cladding, wood is suitable for high-rise buildings, multi-storey housing complexes and single-family homes. The type of wood, cladding, installation method and surface treatment selected allow wood facades to be completely customised, with no two being alike. Today, modern production technologies guarantee simplified installation with high fitting precision – the basic requirement for high-quality construction and reduced construction time.


The facade of a building is not only of great visual importance, it also protects the walls and forms part of the insulation. Therefore, anyone who wants to build in an energy-efficient manner relies on wood. The natural building material regulates the climate of the house and remains attractive for decades with the right care. For Osmo Holz und Color GmbH & Co. KG, a passion for wood runs in the blood. The wood and colour specialist’s new Verto and Pure facade systems not only demonstrate the trend towards this natural material but also score in terms of installation.

Verto – a play of widths and depths

The Verto cladding system features clear lines and a modern look. It was developed specifically for vertical installation and allows great freedom of individual expression. The system comes in four formats and the different profiles enable numerous combinations. This results in three-dimensional effects depending on how they are combined. The alternating profiles of different thickness lend a particularly expressive character. When installed vertically, the depth effect of the profiles is characterised by a distinctive, graphic pattern, and the greater spacing between the profiles visually elongate the building surfaces.

The colour can also be individually selected. Besides many modern standard colours, Osmo also offers over 186 RAL and around 2,000 NCS colours. Another advantage is the easy installation: All profiles of the facade system use a tongue-and-groove system. The individual elements are secured to the supporting structure with stainless steel screws.

The Pure facade system impresses with its invisible fastening method: The lack of visible screw connections creates a clear, uniform look. © Osmo

Pure facade system: Invisible mounting

Pure is a cladding system using a hidden fastening method: A rust-proof, black metal bracket is screwed into the board from behind so it is invisible from the outside. Then the cladding is installed. With the milled grooves on the reverse side of the profiles, two different distances can be selected between the rhombus boards (8 mm or 15 mm). This feature supports a modern, linear architecture by retaining the original character of the rhombus boards. There are no visible screw connections or fastening points to interrupt the clear, uniform appearance of the wood surface.

One facade, many design possibilities

Wood facade claddings do not always have to be installed over the entire area. They also work well for accentuated, partial coverings or in combination with other materials. This opens up virtually unlimited possibilities for planners and architects to add visual structure to a house, highlight building elements or emphasise the proportions of a building in different ways.

Invisible mounting: With the Pure facade system, a rust-proof, black metal bracket is screwed into the board from behind so it is invisible from the outside. © Osmo

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