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Which timber cladding should I use for my garden?

There are many external buildings that you may be interested, such as a garden shed, summerhouse or cabin any of which can be a great addition to your garden.

Garden sheds, in particular, act as a multi-functional space that can be used to store your gardening implements and tools.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it is certainly possible to find one that suits your lifestyle and the purpose you require it for.

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How to repair shiplap siding

Shiplap siding is a building material that protects the underlying structure of your house from water and damage from the sunlight.

The separate boards which are used to make up the siding are designed to lock together tightly with one another to create a shell around the house.

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Timber Frame Houses

Timber Frame Houses

The frame of the house is similar to that of a skeleton, providing the building with that much needed structural support and shape.

Timber framing is an exceptionally ‘green’ material, which is why it is highly used around the world today. Keep reading to find out more about timber framing structures.

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Painting Your Timber Garden Shed

Acquiring a timber garden shed is a great addition to any garden. It provides that much-needed storage space for garden tools and spare pieces of wood.

If you’d like a wooden shed but aren’t too fond of the colour of wood, or have a certain colour scheme in your garden you want to keep, you might want to look into painting your garden shed; but how do you go about that? you ask.

Below, Timber Shiplap Cladding are sharing a 5-step guide covering how to paint your garden shed!

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Pros and Cons of Exterior Cladding

We understand that timber cladding holds many accountable properties, but what exactly is the downside?

Like all timber, wood cladding is susceptible from damage from insect and fungus attacks. Less durable timber like European redwood should always be treated and, depending on how and where it is used, may need to be recoated. If your building is in an inner city or a difficult location, access will prevent a challenge.

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Why You Should Have Exterior Cladding

Using exterior timber cladding is essentially providing a protective layer of material that separates a building’s structure and interior from the outside elements, including sound and weather.

Exterior cladding is effective at protecting against solar damage, temperature, water and wind.

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Timber Cladding – What is everyone choosing?

The number of UK residents using timber cladding is rising.

And rightly so, as it is an incredibly appealing material, it is durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Using exterior timber cladding is a great simple way to give a building a facelift.

We’ve decided to take a look into what the UK is choosing in regards to timber cladding.

There are three popular timber cladding woods that all share the same qualities: they weather beautifully and fade to a soft, stylish silver after five or so years.

Western red cedar timber cladding

This particular cladding is a softwood, and notably, one of the most popular choices of timber cladding in the UK. When using the wood from the centre of a tree (heartwood), you are saving yourself a little bit of initial maintenance, as it possesses a naturally occurring chemical transformation, thus making it more resistant to decay.

The wood holds natural oils which can corrode iron-rich metals, so it is advised to use galvanised or stainless steel fixings. Be aware that the wood should be used in places where heavy damage is unlikely.

European oak timber cladding

European oak is a hardwood which is ideal for external cladding projects. Green oak is best used when you want to achieve a rustic, wavy-edged finish. In comparison to dry oak there is much better value for money. Note that green oak can shrink up to 7% once it has dried out, thus why it is often used in short lengths and requires a fast installation.

A common use of dry oak is for profiled cladding sections. The wood is frequently used untreated as it is quite rugged and hardwearing. However, in wet conditions, it is prone to water stains and can leak tannin. You may want to use stainless steel fixings with this particular wood.

Sweet chestnut timber cladding

Another hardwood, sweet chestnut will not need any initial treatment as long as the heartwood is used.

This external timber cladding is popular because of its durable and satble nature. Also, as the tree has a fast growth cycle, the wood is particularly sustainable, taking only 20-25 years to mature in comparison to oak and larch which takes up to 50-100 years.

Similar to European oak, sweet chestnut will stain when wet and leaks tannin, so it s wise to use stainless steel fixings.

Timber Shiplap Cladding are able to provide you with timber cladding solutions for all of your needs.

Basic maintenance for exterior timber cladding

Following the installation of exterior timber cladding, you’ll want to ensure it stays in its best condition.

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The best advice that can be given is that it should be treated prior to being fitted, if it needs the treatment, that is. We advise using a coating that is both UV and water resistant, and that will allow the timber to breathe. Generally, opaque coatings will require maintenance more often.

It is wise to avoid any paint, as this will form a film on the surface of the wood and will bubble up. Be sure to, instead, use a penetrating product which would only require a good wood clean first.

Lastly, ensure you are keeping an eye on your timber cladding and acting when you see something that doesn’t look quite right.

Remember that there isn’t a natural product that will not require maintenance. There are certain woods that are more durable than others, such as cedar.

Our timber cladding products have up to 15 years against rotting!

Hardwood and softwood timber

There are two different types of wood that people refer to when talking about timber: softwood and hardwood.

Although the names may suggest, this has nothing to do with the density of the wood. Some softwoods can be harder than some hardwood. The name solely comes from the tree the wood comes from.


Softwood is the wood that is extracted from coniferous trees that keep their foliage all year round. Common softwood trees are pine and fir which can be found in cooler areas of the globe.

The advantages of softwood is generally easier manipulate and has a variety of uses. Softwood is the prime wood for a lot of structural work and can be found in furniture as well as window and door frames.


Hardwood will generally come from broadleaved trees. Typically, these are native British trees such as ash, beech and oak. There are significantly more hardwood species compared to softwood.

Hardwood trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in the winter months. The wood, however, is incredibly resistant to decay when it is used for any exterior work. Previous hardwoods, especially tropical hardwoods, had been widely available, unfortunately, the supply has been restricted as a result of the concern for conserving tropical forests.

Did you know?: 80% of all timber comes from softwood.

Find out more about timber cladding properties here! Please visit our website to view our range of timber cladding.