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Timber boarding and cladding

Timber is a great material for cladding a building -it is renewable and reusable, looks good and is easy to work with. You will find a useful article on the durability of timber cladding on GreenSpec.

Woods such as oak, elm, chestnut, western red cedar and larch traditionally provide a durable, protective layer as well as being excellent insulators.

Boards are available in a range of sawn or machined profiles:
Sawn: square-edge; feather-edge; waney-edge
Machined: shiplap; halflap; TG+V; channel, splayed.

See our page on decorative finishes for details of stains, oils and preservative finishes.

See also our pages on:

Joinery | Timber Frame | Timber Cladding | Timber Shingles | Timber Stairs |


General information:

  • Centre for Window and Cladding Technology -based at Bath University, the CWCT publishes a range of useful technical notes.
  • TRADA -Timber Research and Development Association -publish a huge amount of information, including an extensive database of timbers and uses -registration required.
  • Timber Trade Federation -organisation representing the timber industry. Has guide to buying wood and an extensive directory of suppliers
  • Wood for Good -trade organisation that promotes the sustainable use of timber -some interesting articles and information on timber.

Manufacturers and Suppliers

  • BCL -design, manufacture and installation of bespoke timber cladding & linings, including timber rain-screen cladding systems.
  • BSW Timber -describe themselves as the largest sawmilling business in the country, with six sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia. They supply sawn timber products for construction, fencing, decking, joinery and cladding products.
  • Dundonnell Timber -a small sawmill (constructed from their own timber) in a sustainably managed forest at the foot of An Teallach in Wester Ross -they specialise in producing cladding and decking from selected treated or un-treated Scottish Larch or Douglas fir.
  • Ecotimber -hardwood from managed sources -their cladding section has some nice photos of different types of timber cladding on completed building projects.
  • Henry Venables -Stafford based timber merchant specialising in selection and supply of British and European hardwood. Online sample ordering is available too.
  • HLD Timber Engineering -designers and suppliers of external timber structures and components -downloadable brochure, photo gallery and a useful online guide to board profiles.
  • Niche Timbers -Yorkshire based timber merchants, specialising in hardwoods and hardwood products such as Oak Panels and Blanks. Timbers stocked include Oak, Black Walnut, Maple and Idigbo.
  • Panel Agency -based in Kent, they offer timber products with an emphasis on environmental sourcing and product development.
  • Silva Timber -everything cedar -decking, cladding, shingles and shakes.
  • Sykes Timber -timber merchant based in Warwickshire offering an extensive range of hardwoods and softwoods -good directory of timbers available.
  • Vastern Timber -site includes a useful guide to the different types of boarding, timbers available and their fixing details.
  • Vincent Timber -specialists in Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch, Silverwood Natur and Accoya.
  • W. L. West -specialists in the production of sawn stocks of air or kiln-dried English and European Oak. Also hold stocks of Ash, Beech, Lime, Yew, Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore and Elm.
See also Timber Frame

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External Timber Cladding
Patrick Hislop and Barbara Keyworth Paperback - Jul 2007
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Timberframe Interiors
by Dick Pirozzolo, Linda Corzine
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Gibbs Smith Publisher
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