If you have decided on wood cladding as the finish for the exterior of your property then you need to decide how your cladding will be laid.
Cladding is suitable for a variety of different styles, from modern to rustic. How the cladding is laid will determine the overall look and feel of the property.
Wood cladding can be laid vertically or horizontally. Horizontal cladding is preferable for completely weather proofing a property. If you choose vertical cladding, then it is important that the overlap faces away from the prevailing wind in order to stop moisture penetration.
Cladding can either be laid with a visible overlap, for a rustic look, or with a uniform finish.
If you want cladding with an overlap, then you need to look for feather edge boards that are tapered slightly. You can also consider waney-edge cladding, where the visible edge has the bark left on, creating a great natural finish. The overlap should be at least 30mm for full weather protection.
If you want a uniform finish, then there are several different cladding options for you to choose from. The basic is square edge boards. These have a uniform thickness, usually around 12 – 18mm and the width will be determined by the style of the project.
The two other types of board commonly used for a uniform finish are shiplap boards and tongue and groove boards. These are both designed to slot together creating a weather proof and smooth finish. Shiplap boards are shaped so the top of the board fits underneath the bottom of the adjacent board. Tongue and groove boards are shaped so that the tongue of one board fits into the groove of the adjacent board, creating a seamless look.
Old Mill Wood Yard specialises in larch wood cladding and cedar cladding that we cut at our mill in West Wales. We are happy to take bespoke orders and to cut the perfect cladding for your project. Get in touch to find out more.