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timber cladding

Types of Timber Cladding

A timber cladding exterior of a home acts as a form of protection from moisture and air penetration.

Builders have been utilising wood cladding since the late eighteenth-century until they began implementing modern construction techniques.

There are few styles of timber claddings, but those that are offer unique character:

Tapered Lap Timber Cladding

Tapered Lap Timber Cladding has a certain tapered thickness at the very top of the cladding with a widened bottom.
Cladding is installed horizontally with a 30mm overlap on each of the pieces.
It is then nailed to the walls just above the overlap.

Notched Lap

This particular cladding has the same taper to it as lap cladding, however the top and bottom are notched, thus allowing the pieces to fit together when they are installed.
The overlap will be approximately 15mm and again, the cladding will be nailed to the wall just above the cladding overlap.

Shiplap Timber Cladding

Shiplap Timber Cladding has a notched overlap and a slight angle after the notch for that extra touch of character.
This siding would be nailed directly through the face of the siding with two nails with a 25mm overlap.

Chamferbaord Timber Cladding

Also known as Dutchlap, the installation design is notched with the top shaped at a long angle of about 10 degrees.
An overlap of approximately 12mm will be integrated into the design and will be nailed through the face of the of the siding ensuring it’s secured into the walls.

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Log cabin maintenance myths

There are many rumors circling the scene about log cabin maintenance, but we’re going to put them to bed and tell your the truth behind a few.

Log cabin maintenance takes up a lot of time – MYTH

It doesn’t have to!
If you plan ahead and design your cabin the correct way, you can save yourself a lot of work – large overhangs, porches, proper landscaping, and tall foundations will prevent maintenance nightmares.
Of course, log cabins aren’t exactly the most conventional home, so it will definitely require non-conventional maintenance, but as long as you’re prepared, the difficult maintenance can be planned for and prevented.

Log cabins have mould problems – MYTH

Most surfaces have mould problems, and all or them can do. It’s all down to moisture, and shading trees, dripping roof-lines and back-splash are all contributions to your mould problem.
If you keep your logs dry and avoid excess moisture exposure, they’ll last a life time.

Cracks in log cabins are an issue – MYTH

Cracks are a natural thing that happens to logs and aren’t anything to worry about, especially down the sides of your log cabin.
If cracks are found on the topside of the log cabin where rain and snow can get in – make sure that cracks are treated with borate rods, are stained and then caulked.

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