Timber cladding is extremely popular with architects and designers. It ticks all the boxes; being a renewable, recyclable and a biodegradable product. Natural, durable and stable, there are several suitable species. We stock a range of hardwood timber cladding including oak, elm and sweet chestnut but also softwoods such as larch, Douglas fir and cedar. Sometimes referred to as weatherboarding cladding is attractive and environmentally friendly. Excellent for thermal insulation – in summer keeping the building cool and in winter preventing heat from escaping.
Waney edged timber cladding simply means one side of the board retains its natural edge and this gives a rustic look to the building. This type of exterior wood cladding is the more traditional style usually used in projects such as outbuildings or cart lodges.
Feather edge wood cladding provides a more formal look to a building. Sawn boards are supplied with one straight edge and when cut boards are sawn on the diagonal to produce a tapered board that is overlapped when fitted.
There is a growing demand, for interior wood cladding. Used in interesting and contemporary ways, from cladding an entire room, to a feature wall or even wall art.
Oak is by far the most traditional cladding. We offer fresh sawn or air dried oak cladding either feather or waney edged. Feather edge is cut ex 38mm cut to 28.8mm and our most popular waney edged is supplied 15mm. This sits more snugly on a building as exterior timber cladding. Usual widths are 150mm or 200mm, but all specifications can be tailored to the clients preference.
LARCH AND DOUGLAS FIR
These species are not only chosen for their durability but also because they are very hard wearing and provide natural protection against the elements. Sustainably sourced from UK woodlands they are both a high quality cladding for timber and an economical alternative to oak.
A homegrown softwood with a reddish brown heartwood and contrasting lighter sapwood. Its distinctive growth rings give the timber a great deal of character. Again an extremely tough timber it grows long and straight producing boards of good length. It looks particularly good when left rough sawn with a waney edge.
External oak cladding when left untreated turns a beautiful silvery grey. This very gradual process occurs over a period of around eighteen months as the timber ages naturally with the seasons.
A very slow growing dense timber and therefore has exceptionally high durability for a softwood. Colour can vary from pale cream to dark brown. Larch weathers over time to a silvery grey and can be expected to last around 40 years.
Cedar is a softwood but again slow growing making it very strong. Its long life span produces long lengths of straight grained timber. British cedar is very smooth in texture with a very aromatic scent, most apparent when freshly cut. It is surprisingly lightweight, easy to work with and extremely stable with good resistance to decay. Left untreated, cedar exterior timber cladding gradually weathers to a beautiful silver grey.