Monthly Archives: May 2015

Timber cladding properties

Timber cladding can be manipulated to match all of your consumer needs!

Timber cladding can be manipulated to match all of your consumer needs!

Choosing timber as a cladding material is a popular choice and for good reason.

Timber cladding possesses many properties that make timber appealing, and we can see why; it’s natural, isn’t a heavy material, environmentally friendly and incredibly durable. You can find out more below!

Natural insulator: Timber has a cellular structure meaning it provides natural insulation. Even during the winter, heat will be retained inside the structure.

Lightweight: The fact that timber isn’t a heavy material is what makes it attractive. It’s light nature makes the transportation process simpler and when hiring a professional to install your cladding, the cost will be notably cheaper.

Environmentally friendly: Another attractive property of timber cladding is that it is a natural material. Timber cladding is a renewable source and biodegradable, thus the environmentally friendly nature. There is considerably more energy that is used up when manufacturing and producing any other cladding, such as metal or concrete.

Durability: Timber, specifically cedar, is very durable. If the cladding is installed properly and treated often it will have a long life. The wood is resistant to pollution, corrosion, heat and frost – the only factor that will need to be controlled is moisture.

Please visit our loglap website for further information about timber cladding and our cladding services!

Timber decking

Selecting the right timber for your decking is crucial for both practical and visual appeal reasons.

Things to consider when choosing a timber decking are as follows:

Colour: Each timber product will have a different colour and each will provide differing atmospheres for any home or project.

Grading: The grade of the timber is essentially what the characteristics of the wood you choose are. This can cover the grain type, the colour variations that are highly likely, the size and quantity of the knots.

Softwood and hardwood: There will need to be consideration of your timber floors’ hardness varying on where it will be placed. There are two types of hardness: softwood and hardwood, both having different properties. Softwood is typically cedar, fir, pine and spruce, which are easier to work with and manipulate because of the low density, it is also cheaper and lighter than hardwood. Hardwood will typically be mahogany, oak and teak will naturally be denser than the softwood thus it being expensive.

Style: Ensure you outline what type of board you want, either wide board or 2 or a 3 strip floor that boasts a busier feel on the floor. When considering planks of wood, you can think of either accentuating them by having micro bevels, known as small grooves, on the longer edge or on all four of the edges, or you could have a flat surface.

Finish: The surface finish of your wood can vary from a hard shiny surface or a subtly less-than-obvious sheen, again you can choose whether to feel the grain of the wood or opt for a smooth surface.

There are many considerations that should be looked at prior to installing timber decking, as shown above.

If you’d like to know more about our timber decking products and overall timber products, please visit our website!