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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.

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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.

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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.

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Timber cladding mistakes to avoid

You’ve opted for exterior timber cladding and had it installed; you’ll want your wood lasting as long as possible, right?

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Below, we’ve listed how to avoid the common mistakes that are made in order for you to have longer-lasting exterior timber cladding.

– England has a moderately damp climate which will inevitably lead to moisture – avoid cladding either the north or east facing surfaces.

– Timing – in order to avoid any warping and curling of green or timber that has recently been cut, apply the cladding between October and April to stop one surface drying faster than the rest.

– Avoid the installation of cladding during or prior to a heatwave.

– It is better to opt for hardwood cladding as it is much more durable than soft wood and choose an experienced installer.

– When using a wood finish, you will need to adopt a maintenance cycle to keep up the appearance of the wood.

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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.

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What are the benefits of using timber cladding?

Timber cladding is an incredibly diverse building material, so why should you use it in your home?

Timber cladding is one of a number of options available to builders who are choosing which material to implement into their roofing and insulation plans when building a home. There are a number of advantages that timber cladding can provide, providing more benefits than steel, PVC and even aluminium. Read our blog to find out exactly what benefits timber cladding can bring you in your construction plans.

Lightweight – In comparison with its building material rivals, timber is incredibly lightweight when compared with steel and concrete. The massive decrease in weight will allow for savings, helping builders put the necessary funds into other areas of the building project, which will produce a higher quality build. The lightweight nature provides a viable material for roof covering, reducing the overall weight of the home even further.

Flexible – Timber cladding is a very flexible material, holding the ability to be cut and crafted to fit almost any design that is desired. The cladding also has a natural flex to it, where as it can withstand many situations where concrete and brick would crack and crumble. The flexibility of timber helps builders to create windows and archways seamlessly blend in with the rest of the construction plans.

Insulation – Timber cladding provides natural insulation for the home it is inside, unlike steel and aluminium, which requires large amounts of insulation in the walls. It removes the need for masonry walls in between the siding and inner walls, which will further reduce the costs.

Environmentally friendly – Despite popular belief, the use of timber as a building option in home is one of the most environmentally friendly construction options that are available today. Other materials of construction, such as aluminium and steel, create over ten times the amount of carbon emissions than it does to harvest timber.

So, what do you think? Is timber cladding for you?

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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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