Timber cladding, also referred to as weatherboards or weatherboarding, can add extra dimension to a building. Different timbers can be utilised for cladding products which can be either treated or untreated.
Popular types of timber cladding:
American Western Red Cedar from Canada / North America is very popular because of its natural durability, colour and smell. Western Red Cedar is lightweight, durable and long-lasting, particularly when properly treated.
Siberian Larch timber is also popular because it is cost-effective, slightly durable and saws, machines and finishes well. Siberian Larch has good overall strength, has low shock resistance and is stable.
Problems to look out for:
Ø Inconsistent weathering – when the timber is exposed outdoors without a protective coating (treatment) the surface experiences rapid changes to both its appearance and texture. For example, uneven patches on your timber and changing colour.
Ø Mould – caused by contact with moisture, insects and fungus.
Ø Changes in size and shape – timber moves as its moisture content changes unevenly. When one part of a timber board dries faster than another, for example, the drier part shrinks faster and causes stress that changes the shape of the timber.
1. Get the timing right – to avoid warping and curling, clad your building between October and April to stop one surface from drying faster than the rest.
2. Find an expert installer.
3. Use a pressure washer to get rid of the mould.
4. Treat your cladding – treated timber can last longer and can retain the colour of the timber and protect it against water and UV rays.
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