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Explore our extensive range of shiplap cladding for sheds and other outside structures. Whether you need shiplap, loglap, or tongue and groove cladding, we offer the highest quality options at reasonable prices.

If you need help determining the right amount required for your shed cladding, or simply want to chat about different types of timber and shed cladding, feel free to contact us. We're always happy to have a friendly chat and help you get the most out of our services.

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At NLC, we understand that finding the Timber you need at the right price can feel like a chore- but it doesn’t have to be! We offer the most comprehensive range of high-quality shiplap and shed cladding, all at competitive prices.

As reputable suppliers, the quality of our products and customer satisfaction are paramount. Earlier this year, we were invited to join the Guild of Master Craftsmen, supporting tradespeople and artisans who possess skill, integrity, and expertise.

Why Choose NLC for Your Timber Cladding?

At NLC, we take pride in being a leading supplier of exterior shiplap timber cladding. We offer a wide range of options to cater to various types of sheds and garden buildings. Our timber boards overlap, creating a tight seal that provides superior protection against the weather, ensuring your structure stays safe and secure for years to come.

How to Care for Timber Shiplap Shed Cladding

It is important to care for your exterior timber shiplap cladding to ensure that it remains in good condition and stays looking at its best.

Here are some tips on how to care for and maintain exterior timber shiplap cladding:

  1. Clean the cladding regularly: Dirt, debris, and algae can accumulate on the cladding over time. It's important to clean it regularly using a soft-bristled brush and a mild detergent solution. Avoid using a pressure washer, as it can damage the cladding.
  2. Inspect for damage: Regularly inspect the cladding for any signs of wear, such as cracks, splits, or rot. Repair or replace any damaged sections as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  3. Apply a protective finish: A protective finish such as paint, stain or sealant can help to protect the cladding from the elements. Apply the finish according to the manufacturer's instructions and reapply as necessary.
  4. Maintain adequate ventilation: Good ventilation is essential to prevent moisture from accumulating behind the cladding, which can lead to rot and other damage. Make sure that there is adequate ventilation behind the cladding by installing vents or leaving gaps in the cladding.
  5. Trim nearby vegetation: Overhanging trees and shrubs can cause damage to the cladding and also prevent it from drying out properly. Trim back any vegetation that is too close to the cladding.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your exterior timber shiplap cladding in good condition, prolonging its life span and ensuring that it continues to look great for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tongue and groove cladding for sheds?

'Tongue and groove' cladding refers to the interlocking structure of timber boards, used in the construction of sheds and other garden buildings. Being the most popular style of cladding, the name ‘tongue and groove’ refers to the shape of the boards, which can fix together perfectly to provide a strong and durable structure. This structure is therefore very useful in the construction of sheds, particularly ones that store heavy and expensive items including garden machinery and tools, as the interlocking formation makes it much harder to break into. Alongside this added strength, the system also prevents water from penetrating the wood. This means a shed made from tongue and groove cladding is protected from water damage, protecting tools and machinery, and rot.

Why do they call it shiplap cladding?

Shiplap cladding has a long history of being used in construction. Today it continues to be a key material used in building, both internally and externally. The name ‘shiplap’ refers to the way the timber boards overlap each other. The way each board has a ‘rabbet’ (recess) cut into both the top and bottom of each board allows them to be slotted together with no gaps providing a watertight structure. This means that the chance of any water leakage is very minimal, which is why this method was used in the construction of boats - hence the term ‘shiplap’.

Is shiplap better than tongue and groove?

Shiplap cladding and ‘tongue and groove’ have a very similar look, but the main difference is the longer ‘lip’ on the shiplap cladding. This lip is an additional layer of protection against rainfall and moisture, which offers better rainwater resistance than that of the tongue and groove. This in many ways makes shiplap a better choice for cladding, particularly for sheds, as water can run off the material much better than tongue and groove-style planks, acting as a superior defence against potential water damage. Depending on the application of your cladding, we would tend to recommend shiplap timber for this reason.

Is shiplap real wood?

Most shiplap planks are made from real wood. But, as ‘shiplap’ refers to the way a board has been constructed, with the addition of a recess to allow the boards to slot together, other types of material can also be referred to as shiplap. This includes materials such as pine and plywood.

Should you nail or screw shiplap shed cladding?

You can use either nails or screws for installing shiplap cladding, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. Nails are often quicker to install and can be less noticeable, especially if you use finishing nails or brad nails. However, screws provide a more secure hold and are less likely to work loose over time, which is particularly important in areas prone to movement or moisture. If you opt for screws, consider using trim head screws that are less conspicuous.

Do you start at the top or bottom with shiplap cladding for sheds?

When installing shiplap cladding, it’s generally best to start at the bottom and work your way up. This method ensures that each successive board overlaps the one below, providing a better weather seal and preventing moisture from getting behind the boards. Starting at the bottom also makes it easier to ensure that the boards are level and properly aligned as you move up the wall.

Should shiplap be installed vertically or horizontally?

Shiplap can be installed either vertically or horizontally, depending on the look you want to achieve and the specific requirements of your project. Horizontal installation is the most common and traditional method, giving a classic, rustic appearance. Vertical shiplap can create a more contemporary look and can make walls appear taller, which is useful in rooms with low ceilings. The direction you choose should complement the overall design and architectural style of your space.

Is shiplap easy to DIY?

Yes, shiplap is generally considered a DIY-friendly project, especially for those with some basic carpentry skills. The boards are designed to fit together easily, and with the right tools and preparation, many homeowners can successfully install shiplap themselves. Key steps include measuring and cutting the boards accurately, ensuring they are level, and securely attaching them to the wall. There are plenty of tutorials and guides available to help you through the process, making it an accessible project for DIY enthusiasts.

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