External wood cladding

Date Published

5 September 2022

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With timber facades being seen as a more sustainable option than their traditional brick counterparts, more and more housebuilders are opting to choose external timber cladding for their home. As a result of the growing popularity of timber cladding, it is important that builders have the necessary knowledge of the properties of some of the more common species used for cladding.

This Choose and Use sheet details all of the key considerations faced when specifying timber species for external cladding including each timber species’ properties, ease of installation, weather resistance and overall robustness.

Key Information

When choosing external cladding on any form of board cladding consider: choice of species, size and length of boards available, degree of weather protection, ease of installation and fixing, choice of finish and the robustness of the material.

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