Weatherboard Cladding

Weatherboard cladding is used to protect the exterior because buildings are prone to wear and tear of the elements and it reduces the damage as well as adding an extra layer of installation. These days it is more commonly used because it has a high aesthetic appeal and can influence the value of your property.

Weatherboard cladding is traditionally made from timber, but other materials such as UPVC appear to be more popular these days. 

Vinyl Cladding

Vinyl Cladding is non load bearing, and comes in many colours as well as a low budget range or a premium range. It will depend on your budget as to which type you may opt for, either way you can be sure the end result will look stunning and very modern.

Vinyl cladding is the least expensive option of cladding but comes with great benefits as it does not rot and can not be destroyed by bugs and insects.

Timber Cladding

Timber cladding is the more expensive option and choosing the right timber for your budget, durability and maintenance is very important. Different timbers offer very different results and so it is a good idea to research the different types of timber cladding. 


Is a popular timber for cladding. It is secure and reliable which makes it ideal for cladding. Larch is a softwood so does not require regular treatment.  Larch will weather to a silvery grey colour and can be expected to last around 40 years.

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European Redwood

Is often a yellowish shade. As a result, it is a good timber for machining, joinery works and can be high pressure impregnated against rot and fungal decay, staining and painting depending on colour and finish. The quality of this timber is strongly affected by the conditions of growth, such as climate, soil, elevation, etc. These growing factors will influence things like density, size, knots, and texture.

Western Red Cedar

Is another softwood and is a very popular timber for external cladding. It is a very durable timber with very little movement and is imported from Canada, however, British Western Cedar is becoming available due to demand. Western Red Cedar has a stunning colour making it very popular. It is more expensive than other choices of timber cladding but can last up to 60 years.

Sweet chestnut

Is a hardwood famous for its durability and sturdiness. It is grown in the UK which makes it a very eco-friendly timber that is widely used  for UK construction. It is also an eco-friendly timber because it has a much quicker growth cycle so the timber can be replenished much quicker. It is a hardwood which is why it has made it popular for external cladding and decking.  Sweet Chestnut  absorbs stains and paint in a natural way which gives a finish that looks natural.

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