British Cedar Cladding

The popularity of cedar cladding is due to its beauty, stability and extreme resistance to decay. Together these qualities mean that, left untreated, the cladding boards will stay straight and last for many decades

High Quality British Western Red Cedar Cladding

Cedar cladding is commonly used for exterior walls, roofing, fencing, decking, garden structures, and interior wall/ceiling coverings. It’s also ideal for renovations, sheds, and a variety of commercial and public buildings due to its durability and natural beauty. Cedar’s resistance to decay and sustainability make it a favoured choice in construction.

– British cedar sourced in Wales
– From FSC managed forests 
– Supplied uncoated

We offer a range of timer cladding profiles that can be viewed on our timber cladding profile page.

Installing larch cladding involves several steps to ensure durability and an aesthetically pleasing finish. Larch is a durable, strong softwood that has natural preservatives, making it an excellent choice for exterior cladding. Here’s a short guide on how to install larch cladding:

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Larch cladding boards
  • Stainless steel nails or screws
  • Hammer or screwdriver (depending on your choice of fasteners)
  • Saw
  • Spirit level
  • Breathable waterproof membrane (if required by your application)
  • Battens (for creating an air gap behind the cladding)

Preparation

  1. Measure the area to be clad to determine the amount of larch cladding needed.
  2. Select the grade and profile of larch cladding according to the desired appearance and functionality.
  3. Prepare the wall surface, ensuring it is clean, dry, and flat. If you’re applying cladding over insulation or to an uneven surface, you might need to install a frame of horizontal battens fixed to the wall.

Installation Process

  1. Install a breathable waterproof membrane over the wall or insulation if necessary, starting from the bottom and overlapping sheets by at least 150mm as you move up.
  2. Fix horizontal battens to the wall if required, spaced to match the cladding profile. Ensure they are level and allow for ventilation at the top and bottom.
  3. Start installing the cladding from the bottom corner of the wall. Use a spirit level to ensure the first board is perfectly horizontal.
  4. Fix the cladding boards to the battens using stainless steel nails or screws. It’s crucial to leave a small gap (typically 2mm) between boards to allow for expansion.
  5. Overlap or join the cladding boards according to the chosen style (e.g., ship-lap, tongue and groove). Make sure any joints between boards are staggered across the wall to enhance strength and appearance.
  6. Work your way up the wall, ensuring each board is level before fixing it in place. Trim any boards to fit around windows, doors, or corners.
  7. Seal and treat the cladding if required. Larch can be left untreated to weather naturally or treated with a protective stain or oil to maintain its appearance.

Benefits of British Cedar Cladding

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Distinctive Aesthetics

Cedar cladding features a captivating range of colours, from rich reddish-brown to pale yellow. This natural beauty is unparalleled and adds a timeless and inviting allure to any structure.

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Natural Resilience

Cedar's reputation is built upon its remarkable ability to resist decay, repel insects, and withstand moisture, making it an outstanding choice for exterior applications. This natural resilience not only sets cedar cladding apart but also positions it as a prime candidate for cladding that demands robust and low-maintenance solutions. Opting for cedar cladding ensures both enduring protection against the elements and a hassle-free, long-lasting exterior solution.

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Ease of Maintenance

Cedar cladding requires minimal maintenance, typically involving periodic cleaning and resealing to preserve its appearance and protective qualities.

Cedar Cladding FAQ

British cedar cladding is specifically sourced from cedar trees grown in the UK. The key distinctions include its local provenance, which may contribute to a lower carbon footprint due to shorter transportation distances. British cedar often has its own unique grain patterns and colour variations that reflect the local climate and soil conditions, offering a distinctive look compared to cedar sourced from other regions.

Cedar cladding is known for its longevity, with a well-maintained exterior potentially lasting several decades. The natural oils present in cedar wood help protect against rot, insect damage, and weather-related deterioration. With proper installation, regular maintenance, and occasional treatment, cedar cladding can last upwards of 25 to 30 years or more.

Yes, like all timber cladding, British cedar cladding requires some level of maintenance to retain its appearance and prolong its lifespan. This typically includes cleaning, inspecting for damage, and applying a protective finish or stain every few years to enhance its natural durability and resistance to the elements.

Cedar cladding is considered an environmentally friendly option due to wood being a renewable resource. When sourced sustainably, as is often the case with British cedar, it supports local forestry practices and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation. Additionally, cedar’s natural insulating properties can help reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling.

Cedar cladding is versatile and can be used in a wide range of climates due to its natural resistance to moisture, decay, and insect damage. It performs well in both dry and wet conditions, making it suitable for use in most geographic locations. However, in extremely humid or coastal environments, additional treatments may be recommended to protect against excessive moisture and salt air exposure.

 
 
 
 

Our Reviews

glen britton
glen britton
2023-04-28
The service and quality of the timber outstanding
Nick Woodcock
Nick Woodcock
2022-04-08
Very help and will be ordering soon
Rob Monshin
Rob Monshin
2021-04-02
As always fantastic service , timber cut to size perfectly , delivered on time .
Peggy Romer
Peggy Romer
2020-10-29
Possibly the most friendly and helpful company I've used. Always kept me up to date and provided useful advice. Will be using them again soon!
Lloyd English
Lloyd English
2020-07-14
Super company to work with. I found Mathew and his team really helpful, and the examples they have of different cladding helps no end when deciding what to go for. Great value and the fact the wood is grown, felled and sawed in Wales proves it truly is a local product. Highly recommend this company.
James Scott-Cook
James Scott-Cook
2019-12-18
Bought some waney Edge larch cladding from this company good price, good quality did two gable ends with it looks great