Douglas Fir Cladding

Douglas Fir cladding, the perfect blend of natural beauty and durable strength. Known for its rich grain and resilience against the elements, Douglas Fir offers a sustainable and stylish solution for both exterior and interior applications.

Premium Welsh Douglas Fir Cladding

Douglas Fir finds its place in a wide array of cladding applications. Whether for interior or exterior purposes, Douglas Fir is selected not only for its robustness and resilience but also for its captivating appearance, which can display characteristic colour variations.

– British Douglas Fir 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.

Douglas Fir cladding offers a unique combination of beauty and durability for any building’s exterior or interior. The installation process, while straightforward, requires careful preparation and attention to detail to ensure the cladding performs well over time. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic appeal or a modern aesthetic, following the right steps can make all the difference in achieving a professional finish. Here’s how to get started:

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Measuring Tape

  • Circular Saw

  • Drill and Drill Bits

  • Stainless steel or galvanized screws/nails to prevent rust.

  • Spirit Level

  • Hammer

  • Stain or sealant designed for Douglas Fir (if required).

  • Gloves, goggles, and dust masks for personal protection.

Preparation:

  1. Measure the area to determine the total area to be covered to estimate the amount of cladding needed.

  2. Select the timber and choose high-quality Douglas Fir boards, considering grain and colour for a uniform appearance.

  3. Prepare the surface to ensure the wall or surface is clean, dry, and smooth. Remove any old cladding, nails, or debris.

  4. Apply a weather-resistant barrier (for exterior installations), this step is crucial for protecting the underlying structure from moisture.

Installation Process:

  1. Start from the bottom and begin installing the cladding from the bottom of the wall, working your way up to allow for proper water runoff.

  2. Leave gaps to ensure there are small gaps between each board for expansion and contraction. A gap of about 1/8 inch is typically recommended.

  3. Pre-drill holes to prevent the wood from splitting, pre-drill holes before inserting screws or nails.

  4. Check alignment using a spirit level to verify that each board is aligned correctly, adjusting as necessary.

  5. Secure the boards and attach each piece of cladding with screws or nails, ensuring they are fastened securely while allowing for natural wood movement.

  6. Once all the cladding is in place and if required, apply a protective finish to guard against weather and UV damage, enhancing the wood’s natural beauty and longevity.

By following these steps and using the right tools and materials, you can successfully install Douglas Fir cladding and enjoy its natural elegance for years to come.

Benefits of British Douglas Fir Cladding

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Colour

Douglas Fir is usually a nice red-brown colour. However, it can be different shades of pink, brown, or cream depending on which part of the tree it comes from. If you leave it untreated outside, it turns into a pretty silvery grey colour over time.

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Durability

Douglas Fir is highly durable and can maintain its integrity for years without succumbing to damage. It possesses a natural resistance to decay and doesn't require treatments to remain robust.

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Characteristics

Douglas Fir often has interesting features like knots and noticeable grain patterns. These features, along with its ability to change colours, make it a popular choice for people who want their wood to look unique and attractive, especially for cladding.

Douglas Fir Cladding FAQ

Yes, Douglas Fir cladding is durable. It’s known for its strength and resilience, making it a popular choice for both exterior and interior cladding applications. Douglas Fir has a natural resistance to decay and damage from insects, which contributes to its longevity. With proper maintenance, including periodic sealing or staining and regular inspections for any potential damage, Douglas Fir cladding can last for many years, making it a reliable and durable option for building projects.

Douglas Fir is often preferred for its strength, durability, and visual appeal compared to other wood cladding options. It has a higher resistance to physical stress and environmental damage, making it a more robust choice. While other woods like cedar or redwood also offer good durability and resistance, Douglas Fir tends to be more readily available and can be more cost-effective, offering a good balance between quality and price.

To maintain the beauty and durability of Douglas Fir cladding, regular maintenance is recommended. This includes periodic cleaning to remove dirt, debris, and any mold or mildew growth. Applying a protective finish, such as a stain or sealant, every few years will help preserve its color and protect against moisture. Inspecting the cladding annually for any signs of damage or wear and addressing these issues promptly will also prolong its life.

The lifespan of Douglas Fir cladding can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the quality of the wood, the climate it’s exposed to, and how well it is maintained. Under ideal conditions, with proper installation and regular maintenance, Douglas Fir cladding can last 20 to 30 years or more.

To maximise the lifespan of Douglas Fir cladding, you can apply a suitable protective finish and perform periodic maintenance, such as cleaning and reapplying the finish as needed. Additionally, ensuring proper ventilation and avoiding direct contact with soil or moisture can help prevent decay and extend the cladding’s life.

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