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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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Cladding

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 shed feels as if it is situated in Narnia, we tend to care for our gardens less. But it’s the ideal time to think of protecting your shed against the winter elements. And 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 it is below zero.

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Long-lasting

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

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.

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!

Materials for sheds and summerhouses

There are a range of different materials to choose from when purchasing a garden shed or summerhouse.

Which is why it is important to understand the materials available at hand so to determine which is the most appropriate material for the purpose you would like it for.

Cladding

Wooden and timber cladding seem to be a popular choice for garden buildings.
Timber looks very natural and is environmentally friendly, so it looks in place in a garden’s environment. It is aesthetically pleasing and boasts style.

Timber cladding is available in a variety of finishes:

Feather edge – the plank it thicker at the bottom and thinner towards the top, perfect for the overlapped look
Shiplap boards – these boards have a much smoother, appealing finish
Loglap cladding – similar to shiplap boards, however, the profile of loglap cladding has a curved outer face, mildly similar to that of a log cabin
Cedar cladding – very straight with a fine grain, commonly mistaken as hardwood

Metal

The benefit of using metal and steel sheets for your sheds is the little maintenance they need.
Once assembled, the sheets provide a tough, robust structure, perfect for keeping belongings secure on the inside, however, there is the issue of condensation and the fact a treatment (electroplating) would only coat the exterior of the metal and could become damaged, which would expose the metal to the elements.

Plastic

Although plastic, these sheds are commonly made with an internal metal frame with the plastic cladding secured to it.
Like metal, it’s a great material for maintenance as it only requires a wash over every now and then.

Concrete

The main selling point of a concrete shed is in the name; the great strength it will no doubt possess.
Many concrete sheds come with a ten-year guarantee.

The choice of cladding is entirely based on personal preference and will it serve the purpose it is being bought for?
For flexibility, timber cladding will offer the most versatility as they come in an array of sizes, compared to it’s lesser materials which usually come in a set size.

Please visit our website for further information about timber cladding and the products that we can offer you!