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The Benefits of Using Timber Cladding

The Benefits of Using Timber Cladding

Many people choose to have timber cladding in their homes, as it is a highly diverse building material. This is as well a number of advantages the material can provide, significantly more than other materials such as steel, PVC and aluminium. But what are the benefits of using this material? Read on to find out.

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What do those Cladding terms mean?

There are many different types of home and shed cladding, which means that there will be numerous amount of terms that you will have to know. Thus allowing you to know what you are getting for your money. Below we have listed some of the terms, with brief descriptions, that you should know. Continue reading

Winter Shed

Prepare your Shed for Winter

As the months get colder and the days are shorter, we tend to focus less on our gardens and more about staying cosy indoors.

But, that often means our poor sheds get forgotten about, even though they’re still there protecting our expensive equipment and belongings.

So, just as the winter months approach, now is the ideal time to think of protecting your shed against the winter elements.

And to help, we have compiled a handy list to ensure that your shed and shed cladding remains in tip-top shape, whether it rains, snows, sleets or hits below zero.

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How do you make your timber cladding long-lasting?

You’ve decided to go for exterior timber home or shed cladding and you have had it installed. How do you now make sure it is long-lasting? Well, a number of factors should be taken into account, read on to find out what they are.

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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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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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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!

Wood materials for sheds and summerhouses

Sheds and summerhouses are commonplace in gardens across the country.

But there’s probably a lot you don’t know about these garden buildings, including the variety of different types of timber cladding they can be made from!

The most common types of timber cladding used in the creation of sheds and summerhouses are shiplap, loglap, feather edge, plywood and cedar cladding, which are all available in a variety of finishes.

By understanding the differences between these types of materials, you can make sure to choose the most appropriate material for its purpose.

Shiplap cladding

Shiplap cladding is traditionally used for the construction of garden sheds and summerhouses, getting its name from its unique design.

Taking inspiration from the method in which ships were built centuries ago, the boards in shiplap cladding construction overlap each other, which forms a watertight surface, meaning it can withstand harsh climates.

Each board has what’s called a ‘rabbet’ (a recess) that is cut into the top and bottom of the board, which allows them to be fitted together perfectly, preventing any leakage. This means this style is also very low maintenance, drying very quickly after it’s rained.

This superior protection occurs due to the ‘channel’ that is created in its construction, allowing the boards to contract and expand without warping. Not only does this offer a number of benefits, but it also creates a shadow line effect, which adds a smooth, neat finish to any garden building.

Loglap timber cladding

Although very similar to shiplap cladding, ‘loglap timber cladding’ is well known for its rustic look, making it the perfect choice for style conscious homeowners.

From the outside, loglap timber mimics that of a log, which can often recreate the look of a log cabin when used effectively. The boards are then designed to have a flat back, which allows for them to be securely fixed to the wall of a garden building.

Loglap timber cladding is usually made using ‘tongue and groove’ joints, which refers to the interlocking style of the boards, which allows them to be firmly attached to each other.

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Feather edge

Feather edge timber cladding is traditionally used more for its design benefits, as opposed to its overall look.

You can easily spot a feather edge design as it’s usually thicker at the bottom, and thinner towards the top, which gives it the overlapped look it’s most known for.

This tapered finish is created by the boards being sawn on a diagonal angle, which means it’s a perfect solution for protection against the weather.


Plywood is the most economical timber cladding available, so is very often used as a building material to lower costs.

Plywood doesn’t crack when exposed to moisture, and being very strong, it has many uses including for external walls, furniture and flooring to name a few.

As it’s made into a sheet material, manufactured by gluing together layers of veneer, plywood creates an overall smooth and consistent finish. If you are thinking of using plywood for external use, it’s important that each board is pressure treated to ensure it’s weather protected.

Cedar cladding

Cedar cladding has its own very distinctive style, although is the least common in the construction of garden buildings.

You’d notice cedar cladding on a shed or summerhouse as the timber used is very straight, has a fine grain and is very commonly mistaken for hardwood.

So, which wood material should I choose?

With the majority of these timber options all being suitable for use outdoors, the main deciding factor will usually be the look you want for your garden or summerhouse.

Shiplap cladding is usually used for garden sheds as its superior protection means for little upkeep, yet it still has a neat appearance that looks lovely in any garden.

For summerhouses, feather edge timber cladding creates a lovely effect that adds a stylish finish to any garden building. As it also has suitable weather protection, it’s the perfect summerhouse option as it will stay looking as good as new for a long period of time.

To learn more about using timber wood for your garden shed, take a look at our blog on how to paint timber cladding.

For the perfect finish to your wooden shed or summerhouse, browse our range of timber doors and windows.

If you’re still undecided, at NLC Timber we’re here to help! Why not give us a call or email us and we can advise you on the best timber cladding option for you.