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Basic maintenance for exterior timber cladding

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

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

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

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.