Timber Cladding

Timber Cladding is an increasingly popular way to style your timber garage or car-port. Most variants of cladding are stylish to look at while also being inexpensive and extremely durable. However timber cladding benefits from other great features such as easy installation and stress-free maintenance. They are also a great thermal insulator, saving you money on your bills while also reducing your carbon footprint.

Timber cladding can be installed in either vertical positions or horizontally, helping give your garage or car-port that stylish look but without the expensive price. Most timber cladding will naturally fade to deep silver over time if left untreated, but this can easily be maintained with a good set of paints or stains.

Timber cladding comes in a number of different styles and colours but all offer the same great protection and flair you’re looking for.

Feather Edge CladdingFeather Edge cladding is created by sawing a rectangular section at an angle, this results in two sections that are tapered across the width. Feather Edge provides a traditional and rural looking product.

The Feather Edge cladding comes in a number of colours, ranging from pinky-brown to creamy – white but due to nature’s natural course, the colour will over-time whether to a silver-grey colour.

As they are installed, Feather Edge cladding is rebated to allow for self-spacing. This in turn allows for better weather proofing. Feather Edge is very stable.

Feather-edge boards are laid horizontally and have an overlap of approximately 25m for boards up to 150mm and 40mm for boards wider than 150mm. It must also be noted that the boards may shrink during the first couple of years. This may be up to 10% depending on the style. It is recommended that the boards are installed between autumn and winter because exposure to hot dry weather during installation can cause the boards to cup, warp and split.

Loglap CladdingLoglap cladding boards have become extremely popular for garden sheds and log cabins. They are typically used when a rounded log cabin effect is required. Loglap cladding would be ideal for your SolidLox timber framed garage or car-port.

Loglap have smooth planed and fully interlocking tongued and grooved boarding. Their design means they dry quickly and can easily help protect your garden shed or log cabin from the rain due to their natural quick drainage system.

Loglap cladding like most other timber cladding products will naturally turn a silver-grey colour but the timber can easily be maintained with the use of stains or paints.

Cedar CladdingCedar cladding is extremely versatile and available in a wide range of patterns as well as thicknesses and widths. The classic building material offers beauty, versatility and durability while also offering you great performance for a relatively cheap price.

Compared to other forms of cladding Cedar is noted for being the ultimate green material. Having the least impact on the environment during its lifespan and it also requires significantly less energy to produces compared with man-made alternatives.

Cedar cladding holds its shape well after drying with little to no tendency to warp but care should be taken during installation and while small changes in atmospheric temperatures won’t cause too many problems good maintenance is always recommended.

The timber can be used with both machine and hand tools, but due to its brittle nature care should be taken to avoid splintering and chip-bruising in order to get the best results possible.

Like most timber products Cedar cladding will naturally turn a silver-grey colour if left untreated.

Douglas Fir CladdingDouglas fir is an ideal timber for cladding because it’s inexpensive and is compatible with other cladding species.

Douglas fir is a light creamy colour at the time of erection but like other cladding species, if left untreated with turn darker and eventually turn a silver-grey colour. The extent of the colour change will depend on orientation and weathering.

Douglas fir is available in square-edge, feather-edge and waney-edge with dimensions up 300mm wide and lengths up to 4.0m. Due to its variable and grain pattern Douglas fir should not be used for Shingles and Shakes. Once sawn Douglas fir will air dry to around 25-30% within about 4 weeks.

It is stronger than most European Redwoods and has a density of around 530kg/m³ when dried.

Larch CladdingLarch cladding is one the biggest growing forms of cladding, with its pale orange brown colour and home-grown softwood making it one of the most attractive forms of cladding on the market.

If left untreated the Larch cladding will eventually darken from its pale orange brown colour and like most timber cladding turn a silver - grey colour. The darkness and contrast of the silver will depend on orientation and weathering.

Larch cladding is typically available in square-edge, feather-edge and waney-edge boards. The dimensions of these larch cladding boards are up to 300mm wide and lengths up to 4.0m. Once sawn, Larch will air dry to about 25-30%.

As a slightly durable timber Larch suffers from a slightly shortened lifespan. However this can easily be extended with careful detailing. Larch has small moisture movement in changing moisture levels and after drying the Larch will easily take an external finish.

It must also be noted that Larch has tendency to split so when it comes to fixing the cladding on to the building you should take careful consideration on how to fit it. Drilling and screwing may be a preferred option to nailing.

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