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Timber Cladding

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Timber cladding has the ability to accentuate and soften buildings like no other material. Lightweight and easy to use, each and every piece is unique. With its added environmental credentials - such as sustainability and thermal and sound insulation properties, it’s easy to see why timber cladding on buildings has become so popular. 

By using appropriate materials, correct detailing and installation techniques, timber cladding will provide a long lasting decorative facade. Fundamentally, the build-up should feature a well ventilated and free draining cavity behind the cladding that is open top and bottom to allow through ventilation.

We have created this comprehensive information resource to help both the industry professionals and the capable DIY-er to expand their knowledge, with best practice guidelines, design considerations and material choices.

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BS8605: External Timber Cladding – Method of Specifying is the UK’s standard for timber cladding specification. Part 1 covers timber cladding during manufacture and up to the point it leaves the factory. Part 2, which takes over from there, is presently under development and publication is not expected until sometime in 2019. These publications are available from the BSI

The industry default specification is for a 30 year desired service life. Longer service lives can be obtained with certain materials. 

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